James Crisp

Energy 10-05-2017

Energy efficiency entrepreneur: EU targets should be higher

Ambitious European Union targets to boost energy efficiency can unlock much-needed private investment, Peter Sweatman told EURACTIV.com. But the current targets are not high enough, said the rapporteur on the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EFFIG).

Energy 08-05-2017

Trillions of euros of energy efficiency investment up for grabs

European Union policymakers have made energy efficiency, particularly in buildings, central to their plans to create an Energy Union. But they must convince private investors to unlock trillions of euros of capital.

Brexit 24-04-2017

Brexit talks place citizens’ rights in limbo

Brexit negotiators will face “extraordinarily complex” talks over the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats in Europe, according to sources in Brussels.


The Brief: May takes back control with Brexit election

Theresa May can take full control of the UK’s Brexit negotiations and stamp out the feeble opposition facing her in Westminster after today announcing a snap election.


The Brief: Burka bans are more racist than Brexit

Brussels bigwigs have been quick to point the finger of blame at Brits being racist and at anyone other than themselves, ever since the Brexit vote. But banning Islamic clothes is more racist than voting to leave the EU.


The Brief: Orbán is the poor man’s Putin

Viktor Orbán has often been described as the enfant terrible of centre-right European politics.


The Brief: Beanz Meanz Brexit

Beanz Meanz Heinz is one of the most iconic advertising campaigns of all time. It is a much superior motto than Brexit Means Brexit, which is fundamentally meaningless.


The Brief: Roam, sweet roam

MEPs today backed a deal that means people will soon be able to call, text, and surf abroad in the EU for the same cost as they do at home.


The Brief: An offer EU cannot refuse?

Jean-Claude Juncker stood up in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and made a startling admission.


The Brief: The green light for Dieselgate 2?

Plans to create a central pan-European Union agency to stop another Dieselgate scandal reached the end of the road today in Strasbourg.


The Brief: Peace in our time?

An unlikely peace broke out in Brussels today. The scent of cordite and gunsmoke cleared. The snarling dogs of war were slipped back on their leashes.


The Brief: Between ‘The Rock’ and a hard place

Spain and the rest of the EU-27 have stuck Brexit Britain between “The Rock” and a hard place.


The Brief: Tusk gores Brexiteers

Donald Tusk has been on good form since he overcame opposition from his own government to be reappointed as president of the European Council.

Brexit 30-03-2017

Quarter of a million British pets face ‘jail’ in Europe if Brexit talks fail

A quarter of a million British cats and dogs face being locked up and quarantined in Europe if the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU end in failure.

Future EU 30-03-2017

If you back Brexit, I’ll call for Texit, Juncker tells Trump

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (30 March) warned US President Donald Trump that he would call for independence for Ohio and Texas, if the flamboyant millionaire kept backing Brexit.


The Brief: Will EU miss the British?

European Council President Donald Tusk walked into the packed press conference brandishing the letter that triggered Article 50 and will begin the torturous process that will take Britain out of the EU.

Brexit 29-03-2017

Tusk to Brexit Britain: ‘We already miss you’

The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 today (29 March), beginning an unprecedented two-year period of tough negotiations that will end in Britain leaving the European Union.

Under Pressure:Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?
Climate change 27-03-2017

Under Pressure: Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a landmark international agreement which caps global warming. Many campaigners argue that the United Nations deal spells the end for polluting fossil fuel industries.

Pressure grows on Commission to change environment law after UN rebuke

EXCLUSIVE/ Green campaigners today (27 March) heaped more pressure on the European Commission to change EU law to make it easier for NGOs to bring lawsuits over EU environment policy.


The Brief: When the EU is 64

Our resident bard has penned this lyric to mark the weekend’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Climate change 24-03-2017

Leaked paper exposes EU countries’ abuse of climate loophole

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the equivalent of global-warming emissions from 114 million cars.


The Brief: A treaty is just a treaty

The European Union is, we are regularly told, based on the treaties. But who really cares about treaties?

Brexit 22-03-2017

EU Brexit boss warns of ‘serious repercussions’ if divorce talks fail

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator today (22 March) warned of serious repercussions for both Britain and the EU if the divorce talks fail without a deal being agreed.


The Brief: The day the Brussels Bubble burst

A year ago today the Brussels bubble burst. The 22 March terror attacks reminded us that the city is not just an EU policymaking machine but, first and foremost, home.