Pieter Cleppe

Energy 12-06-2020

When it comes to nuclear power, fear is a bad advisor

There are many valid arguments against specific nuclear projects – including cost efficiency, safety, and environmental footprint. But one should also be honest in comparing the trade-offs with competing technologies, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Energy 26-02-2019

Five questions surrounding Germany’s coal phase-out plan

Many in Germany want to have their cake and eat it by scrapping nuclear power and avoiding coal at the same time. Pieter Cleppe looks at some of the questions raised by Germany’s decision.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2018

ECJ isn’t the right actor to make political choices related to trade deals

Trade deals should focus on opening up trade and should not be overloaded with all kinds of other purposes. And when politics does sneak into trade deals, it should be left to the elected politicians and not to judges, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Agrifood 05-10-2017

Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate

For glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used weed killer, 6 November will be a date with destiny, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Trade & Society 17-06-2016

Regulation, then protectionism: Is Europe going the way of its aluminium sector?

The current wave of protectionist sentiment is harming Europe's SMEs and undermining the EU’s competitiveness. It is time for modern trade policy in the EU, wrote Pieter Cleppe.
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