Nothing much concluded, it seems…
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — This past Saturday, on a crisp afternoon in Copenhagen, Jacob Wheeler and Rick Fuentes, two amateur journalists with the non-profit media start-up the UpTake, walked alongside a mostly peacefully stream of demonstrators. Roughly half of the total police force in Denmark followed in step. Conspicuous among the crowd were the hundreds of ad hoc reporters with serious-looking digital SLRs slung around their necks.
In the early hours of this morning the news of the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change hit the news wires. I won?t repeat the individual disappointments as the papers will be full of it today. But I would like to comment on the political implications of this disaster. It shows that there is no effective global politics, only global problems.
I wake up this morning and I see that yesterday’s minimal compromise in Copenhagen finished just close to a failure, in line with the failures of the European Union.
As 2009 draws to a close, Open Europe today looks ahead to 2010 and what the EU has in store.
From 1 January 2010, Spain takes over the six-month rotating ‘presidency’, currently held by Sweden.
by Katinka Barysch
Many people in the EU tend to see Gazprom as a mighty giant that uses energy as a political tool on behalf of the Kremlin. They say that Russia has leverage because it controls 40 per cent of the EU?s gas imports. They fear that Gazprom may again cut gas flows to Ukraine this winter. They should think again. Realities on the international gas market have changed. Gazprom faces almost unprecedented uncertainty. It should therefore be keener on stable energy relations and co-operative customers. There may be an opening for a revived EU-Russia energy dialogue.
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama was widely dismissed as premature, a sentiment that President Obama himself acknowledged in his acceptance speech. (Read the speech here.) Furthermore, President Obama also felt it necessary to explain why he could accept the award even while he was the commander in chief of the armed forces in an escalating war in Afghanistan.
If you buy a new PC in Europe next year, you?re going to see an unfamiliar little pop-up window the first time you boot up, asking you which internet browser you would like to set as the default. Believe it or not, that pop-up is the result of a bitter ten-year legal battle that was finally resolved this week.
Pan-European telecoms markets take one step towards more consistent regulation at EU level, by the establishment of a Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), replacing the European Regulators Group (ERG) during the spring of 2010.
Tomorrow?s history is rarely created by extraordinary moments, it is merely punctuated by them.
Copenhagen will be seen as a failure of vision, leadership, and compassion. The Copenhagen Accord, ?noted? in extra time at COP15, will be stuck with the Sudanese?s naming as a ?suicide pact?. And President?s Obama, Hu and many others, however they speak to their domestic constituencies, will have been party to this failed attempt to strike an ambitious deal.
Kansas is notoriously flat, the monotony of its endless fields broken only by buildings, cows and dark, nodding machines, almost like a scale model of some child’s toy.
We bring you some video impressions from people at the Climate Change Conference that took place during the first weeks of December in Copenhagen, Denmark. From protests, to dances, arts and presentations, a small sample of COP15.