Welcome to the Greenpeace EU Blog, where our veteran policy experts offer insights into the political animal that is Brussels and the maelstrom of European law making. We are right at home with the agriculture, chemical, climate & energy, fisheries, transport and forest policy briefs. We aim for quality rather than quantity, so expect updates when there is something interesting to say rather than on a strict schedule.

  • Debunking the Commission's claims on nuclear state aid

    Blogpost by Andrea Carta - July 26, 2013 at 10:03

    A satellite image shows damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in 2011. The ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan is estimated to cost up to €169 billion.

    For the last week, the European Commission has been at pains to explain itself after leaked plans to change EU rules and allow European countries to provide direct state aid to nuclear power came under heavy fire.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel re... Read more >

  • Exclusive: Leaked nuclear state aid proposals spark controversy

    Blogpost by Mark Breddy - July 19, 2013 at 10:56

    Greenpeace activists entered Tricastin Nuclear Power Plant on 7 July and projected images of a ‘crack’ forming on reactor one. Greenpeace is calling on François Hollande to close Tricastin, one of the five most dangerous facilities in France.

     The European Commission is facing controversy over plans to change existing rules and allow member states to provide direct state aid to nuclear power.

    The plans leaked to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and seen by Greenpeace are fierc... Read more >

  • Global deforestation – Europe faces up to its dirty secret

    Blogpost by Sebastien Risso - July 2, 2013 at 13:12

    Have you ever wondered what the impact of one chocolate bar is? Or a tank-full of petrol? Or that hamburger you had for lunch? No, I don’t mean in calories; I am talking about impacts of a planet-wide nature. What we eat, the fuel we use and the produ... Read more >

  • Last-ditch attempt by German government to sabotage law for cleaner cars

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - June 14, 2013 at 13:01


    Politicians would make terrible magicians. That’s my conclusion after reading about a new proposal from the German government about how they think carmakers should (or shouldn’t) meet European carbon emission targets for cars in 2020 that ar... Read more >

  • Car emissions thriller could end badly

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - December 17, 2012 at 12:00

    Spot the villain.


    When I see a bad thriller movie for the second or third time on a late-night TV re-run, rarely do I find it any more appealing: I already know the plot, I can remember the butler did it and I am reminded that, even the first time I saw the f... Read more >

  • EU needs to prove it deserves Nobel Peace prize

    Blogpost by jmaman - December 10, 2012 at 14:00

    Today I watched, along with millions of others across the globe, the Noble Peace Prize being awarded to the European Union for its contribution to the "advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

    While the EU deser... Read more >

  • Food, fuel, forests and climate – the biofuels conundrum

    Blogpost by Sini Harkki - October 18, 2012 at 13:00


    Fossil fuels are killing our climate and we need to find alternatives. It’s a simple message that most people get, but what happens when one of the supposed alternatives also becomes not just a climate killer, but a driver of hunger? Then su... Read more >

  • The dirty secret under VW's Brussels bonnet

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - September 20, 2012 at 15:22

    Well this must be embarrassing. As you know, Europe’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has been saying it wants to become the most environmentally-friendly car company in the world. But in reality the managers of VW want to do as little as possible under... Read more >

  • Car giant to exceed EU targets, but will it rein in the lobbyists?

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - March 15, 2012 at 17:07

    Last week Volkswagen announced improvements to its new cars that will reduce their emissions by enough to beat existing EU legislation. Are we surprised? Are we stunned?

    Not really. It’s not the success we are looking for, we’re still a long way fr... Read more >

  • Arctic Sunrise captures EU trawlers plundering West African seas

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - February 27, 2012 at 9:03

    Greenpeace activists from the ship Arctic Sunrise take action last week against Russian super-trawler Oleg Naydenov, off the coast of Senegal. Having overfished the seas closer to home, foreign trawlers are now plundering West African waters.


    Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is currently in Mauritanian waters to highlight the problems of overfishing emptying African seas. Vast factory-style fishing boats are trawling out fish at an alarming rate and decimating local ecosystems and l... Read more >

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