NGOs not so happy with the Copenhagen summit

In EU Foreign Policy, EU summits/meetings, State of Europe on December 18, 2009 at 12:14

NGO fury after Copenhagen ban

from by Dave Keating

Yesterday’s decision by the UN to ban a large number of NGO delegates from the main summit venue for the Copenhagen climate change talks was, to say the least, unpopular on the ground.

Copenhagen climate talks: Main issues and state of play

About 120 world leaders and 193 countries are meeting in Copenhagen to agree a new global climate deal, the basis for a full climate treaty next year.

Photos from Copenhagen protests

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow:Treehugger photographer Matt McDermott happened to be in the right place when the massive climate demonstrations in Copenhagen broke out, and the site has a great gallery of shots of the action.

Swiss minaret ban goes to court

An appeal against a decision by Swiss voters to ban minarets is submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

What do Copenhagen protestors want?

from FP Passport by Christina Larson

In the absence of real progress to report, news coverage of the ongoing U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen has lately begun to focus on the protestors.

Progress gives climate deal hope

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A deal at the UN climate summit looks more likely after a frantic day of diplomacy, as China offers to make concessions.

The US State Department on the Lisbon Treaty

from Nosemonkey’s EUtopia by nosemonkey

We’ve seen all the intra-European arguments about Lisbon (now in force for a full fortnight) – what we really need is some expert extra-European opinion. So ta very much to Philip H Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, for his handy overview.

Key points?

Second agency downgrades Greece

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A second agency downgrades Greece’s credit rating, saying the government’s spending cuts will not be enough to trim its debts.

A new EU 2020 strategy, really?

by Grahnlaw

The conclusions of the European Council 10 to 11 December (document EUCO 6/09) stated that the time has come to evaluate the Lisbon strategy and to look ahead.

Reflection is needed on both substantive issues and the governance structure. The Commission has launched a consultation. The European Council expects to discuss an “ambitious proposal” early in 2010, including at its spring meeting.

The trial of Tzipi Livni

from Federal Union by Richard Laming

Let me say at the outset that there is no simple answer to this question. The development of the law in theory has outstripped the implementation of the law in practice, which is bound to create difficulties. I shall come back to this theme.

At Copenhagen, both rich and developing nations offer concessions

from Wash Post Europe by Juliet Eilperin and David A. Fahrenthold

COPENHAGEN — As President Obama prepared to visit the historic climate conference here, there were signs Wednesday of a break in the impasse between rich and developing nations.

Slow progress at Copenhagen talks

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition

Talks remain deadlocked at the protest-hit climate summit in Copenhagen as world leaders join efforts to seal a deal.

Copenhagen: climate countdown,

from open Democracy News Analysis – by david hayes

Copenhagen: climate countdown

The United Nations climate-change summit is a vital step in the world’s struggle to avert catastrophe. openDemocracy authors reflect on what needs to happen and how much Copenhagen can achieve.

by Julien Frisch

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