Sunday, March 7, 2010

Global Climate Governance Emerges as Test Case for EU

clipped from www.spiegel.de
Europe's new foreign service could provide an opportunity for more effectively addressing the challenges of climate change.

Europe's new foreign service could provide an opportunity for more effectively addressing the challenges of climate change.

The Lisbon Treaty provides new tools for the Europe Union to combat climate change. But Brussels will have to figure out how to put its new foreign service to use in order to avoid another failure of global environmental leadership like the one seen Copenhagen. Leading by example is no longer enough.

The failure of the Copenhagen climate conference to broker a binding global climate treaty throws into question the European Union's strategy of operating multilaterally through the United Nations. The post-Copenhagen climate negotiations will be particularly challenging for Europe. In the multipolar world of climate governance, Europe lacks the veto power of China and the United States. Instead it must try to reconcile a fluid multipolar world with the European Union's vision of "effective multilateralism."

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