Onderzoek naar CO2-opslag in EU

Het is een essentieel onderdeel van het behalen van klimaatdoelen, volgens wetenschappers en energieagentschappen. Maar in de praktijk is er in de Europese Unie nog niet veel terecht gekomen van CO2-opslag, oftewel carbon capture and storage (CCS). De afgelopen maanden heb ik verschillende onderzoeksartikelen geschreven voor EUobserver over het uitblijven van commerciële toepassingen van CCS in de EU. Lees verder

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Useful websites for journalists covering the EU

Journalism in 1985. Photo © European Parliament.

I recently met with some students following the Europe in the World programme at the Utrecht School of Journalism. They wanted to know more about the investigation I did into the Dieselgate scandal, so I gave them some tips on how to do investigative journalism. I also prepared a document with some useful websites and how to use them, and there is not really a reason not to share this with the wider world. So if you are covering the EU, or even if you are covering local or national politics in Europe, some of the following websites may be relevant. They may be old news to the regular Brussels gang, but there may be some gems that make your life easier. First two larger sections, about 1) how to file freedom of information requests and 2) how the lifecycle of EU legislation works, followed by some specific websites

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Klimaattop Bonn

Over de VN-klimaatconferentie in Bonn heb ik verschillende artikelen geschreven voor EUobserver:

US may cause ‘distraction’ at Bonn climate talks

EIB silent on report into ‘fraudulent’ VW loan

Plea for radical change outside Bonn climate talks venue

EU needs emissions deal to avoid ‘shame in Bonn’

Germany and France defend emissions trading deal

Meat ‘taboo’ debated at Bonn climate summit

Optimism in Bonn about fusion reactor, despite Brexit

EUobserver magazines

De artikelen die ik voor EUobserver schrijf, verschijnen normaal gezien alleen online. Drie keer per jaar publiceert het Brusselse nieuwsmedium echter ook een gedrukt tijdschrift en sinds dit jaar voer ik de redactionele coördinatie daarvan uit. Voor de zomer verscheen het Business in Europe magazine van EUobserver, met als thema de deeleconomie. Het is online te lezen en als pdf te downloaden. Afgelopen maand verscheen het jaarlijkse Regions & Cities magazine. Het thema deze keer was de strijd om de twee EU-agentschappen die binnenkort Londen moeten verlaten. Dat was een goede aanleiding om eens te kijken naar het systeem van gedecentraliseerde agentschappen, verspreid over het continent. Dat magazine is hier te lezen.

Dutch elections

The past month I have published several articles for EUobserver about the Dutch elections, which will be held tomorrow (15 March). Here is a selection:

A guide to Dutch elections: how the system works

Dutch election: EU’s most unpredictable vote

Dutch election: Christian Democrat would bin Ukraine treaty

Dutch MPs look set to approve Ukraine treaty

Nexit could pop up in Dutch election campaign

Dutch choose late election result to avoid hacking risk

Dutch MP candidates promise not to do their job

Dutch anti-establishment MPs want other EU, but lack plans

Green ex-MEP: Tell Dutch full sovereignty isn’t coming back

Populism is ‘nothing new’, says Rotterdam mayor

Dutch parties woo older voters

Turkish-Dutch row takes over election campaign

Rutte and Wilders clash on EU ahead of Dutch vote

Dieselgate

Since April, I have been carrying out an investigation for EUobserver about Dieselgate. I have followed all hearings by the special inquiry committee of the European Parliament, and wrote a range of investigative articles. You can find most of them at euobserver.com/dieselgate or see a selection below:

On-road emissions tests: How EU failed to change to the fast lane

One year on: Dieselgate keeps getting bigger

How the car industry won the EU’s trust

How carmakers were allowed to bend the law

Dieselgate shows weakness of EU federalism-lite

Car makers caught out on dodgy EU claim

Leaked memo: EU commissioner ignored car emissions warnings

Verheugen went off-script in VW cheat testimony

EU encouraged car industry to cheat, French report says

EU governments duck responsibility on dieselgate

Emissions cheats face tiny fines in some EU states