The socio-economy of Renewables

Due to new laws and falling costs, renewables are being expanded all over Europe. A study commissioned by the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament now examines the socio-economic effects of wind power & co in different regions.

The result: the effects are generally positive. But only if they are accompanied by adequate policy measures. One of the most promising approaches here is participation.

The European Union must now be the partner of the people on the ground. We must ensure that green energy revenues flow into the hands of the people – and not into the offshore accounts of large corporations!

More thoughts on this can be found in my new opinion piece for the Greens/EFA group.

The full study can be found here.

Background Information: EU Corona Response Investment Initiatives (CRII & CRII+)

An article in the German newspaper Der Spiegel which heavily criticizes the EU for allocating a disproportionate amount of money to Hungary under the EU’s Corona response investment initiatives has created a public debate in Germany. With this paper I would like to briefly illuminate the background to you and correct the figures and information…

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Floods 2021: Better help from the European Union

I visited the German areas that were hit by the floods in July 2021. They are still rebuilding there. European money has not arrived so far. I propose a new European aid fund to better help in extreme weather events. The flood disaster last summer in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium shocked us all. A…

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Regional Development

Making Europe fairer and more ecological – and thus strengthening cohesion!