How About Taking a Holiday

Today’s Brussels news consists of the regular traffic jam, especially at Place Luxembourg, because of another tractor manifestation by European farmers.

Really not news. Rather business as usual for an interest group worried that the current budget process wont allow for the continuation of the economically, environmentally and inhumane Common Agricultural Policy, already accounting for close to half the budget.

That the long-term budget will take its time is no surprise either. Other ongoing EU issues, just to mention a few, include the crisis in Greece, the not yet over crisis in Spain and Italy and the addition of Cyprus to the beggars for emergency support. Spain is facing a possible secession of Catalonia and support in the UK is increasing for leaving the union altogether.

You might want to add surrounding problems like a middle East blowing up and tense relations with Russia.

But we all have our own agenda. Take a quick look at today’s headlines of any European media. For example here or here.

Missing something?

Not to worry. The EU politicians are busy haggling over how to blow what now can be estimated in trillions on actions against perceived man-made climate change. (and Yes, there is a news piece rather high up here.)

Partly encouraging really: “The EU will not commit to renew climate funding which runs out at the year’s end ahead of talks at the Doha climate summit, which opens today (26 November). But new climate aid may be announced in the conference’s second week.”

Unlike before COP 15, few Heads of State – except on direct request – have been babbling about COP 18 being the ultimate turning point, last chance for survival of mankind and the overall priority, though the World Bank came in handy with some predictions to fuel the hysteria. Some PM’s will most likely show up. Among the EU countries, even middle-sized nations are flying in around 50 people each (not counting staff and NGO’s)

The Ministers for Environment however, are forced to put this on the top of the agenda, this year leading less to public hysteria than to a regular rat – or call it chicken – race around the money. Because that’s all it is in the political economy.

Can’t some demographic doomsayer show up soon and warn that all these people will be too many for Doha? Then we could all take an early Christmas holiday. And the November climate will be suberb.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.