Tom Nuttall has been the Economist’s Berlin bureau chief since November 2018. Before that, he spent four years based in Brussels writing the Charlemagne column. He has also worked as US west coast correspondent in Los Angeles, and as an editor on the Europe desk in London. Before joining The Economist he worked as an editor at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank, and spent several years as a senior editor at Prospect magazine.
Co-operation is key to crisis management – or so we hear from stakeholders, member states, and EU institutions. How do interinstitutional relations work in times of crisis management? Will the pandemic, or the subsequent economic downturn, change the internal structures and working methods of the EU – and if so, how? What is the forecast for the coming year and what does it mean for this Commission’s term from the perspective of the intra-EU relations? How does citizen participation fit into all of this? What will be the role of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and what is the current timeline of this long-awaited exercise?
As leaders prepare massive stimulus packages to stabilize their battered economies, consensus over a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery is becoming mainstream rhetoric. Indeed, several projects can deliver the dual objective of economic recovery with jobs and green growth, but several struggling fossil-intensive industries employ millions and cannot change overnight. Investment across the energy sector will fall, and the International Energy Agency expects global growth in new renewable energy capacity to slow for the first time in two decades. Somehow, the immediate economic rescue will need to be balanced with the Paris Agreement’s longer-term objectives and sustainable development goals, including the bedrocks of a clean economy and societal transitions. What is the UN doing to maintain a sense of climate urgency during this critical recovery period in the latter half of 2020? How will COVID-19 affect long-term climate policies that remain under development or have been wholly upended? What are the expectations for COP 26 in 2021? How will the guidelines and principles of green recovery be shared to identify sustainable investments?