About: Stephen Boucher

Juncker please note: You need more, not less science

The Juncker Commission has a unique opportunity to put independent science squarely at the heart of the EU policy machinery. It’s not a side issue, it’s key to understanding the big picture, writes Stephen Boucher.
EU Priorities 2020 01-09-2014

30 August 1954 – 60 years to the day of French delusion

French political leaders have been cultivating for 60 years the myth that they want a stronger Europe, but there is no diplomacy without a credible military arm. It is time to recover control over the means of sovereignty and France now needs to stop deluding itself, writes Stephen Boucher.
Public Affairs 14-06-2012

EU think tanks: Thinking us through the crisis?

Policymakers should pay more attention to research institutes and think tanks should improve their ability to publicise their ideas, writes Stephen Boucher.
Climate change 29-11-2010

Why bother going to 30%? Fatih Birol surely knows the answer

More investments in energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies, more jobs, better health, some regained climate leadership on a global level and an increased chance of keeping global temperature rises below 2°C by the end of the century are among the reasons why the EU should adopt a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, writes Stephen Boucher, programme director for EU climate policies, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV to mark the beginning of the Cancún climate negotiations. 
Public Affairs 13-07-2009

If citizens have a voice, who’s listening?

"Are European Union institutions, as they claim, really listening to citizens thanks to more 'deliberative' consultation tools?" asks Stephen Boucher, programme director at the European Climate Foundation, in a June working paper for the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN).
Development Policy 25-04-2008

Europe should beware not to antagonise US on climate change

Europeans would be well-advised to examine the US presidential candidates' climate plans rather than focus on the Bush administration, writes Stephen Boucher, co-secretary general of Notre Europe, a Paris-based think thank. 
EU Priorities 2020 26-10-2007

Boucher: ‘Possible to get citizens interested in EU’

Due to their recommending force, deliberative polls can act as incentives for politicians to take action, says Stephen Boucher from Notre Europe. Such polls could also help to bridge the gap between the EU insitutions and its citizens, and increase acceptance for economic and social reforms, Boucher argues in an interview with EURACTIV.

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