On December 12, 2015, countries of the world adopted the Paris Agreement, taking an important step forward together to fight climate change. The Agreement creates a long-term framework for all countries to make concrete progress in accelerating action on climate change.
The message from recent elections in EU member states is impossible to miss: Voters are deeply dissatisfied with mainstream parties and are increasingly willing to support radical alternatives. It would be foolish to hope that demands for change will wane once those making them are confronted with the responsibility of governing.
This year Europe was shaken by more than the conflict over borders and barbed wire in view of hundreds of thousands of refugees. The euro seemed doomed due to the Greek crisis, Paris was the target of two terrorist attacks, and far-right parties and movements gained new impetus. Are there still reasons to be optimistic about 2016?