Charles Michel goes multi-speed to get Europe ahead on climate

Politico (EU) | Dec 13, 2019 at 7:22 PM
  • On his debut as European Council president, Charles Michel revved up a multi-speed Europe.
  • With a crafty scheme to give Poland a reprieve from implementing a new climate target that EU leaders adopted early Friday, Michel embraced a highly controversial approach fiercely opposed by his predecessor, Donald Tusk — permitting different standards for different EU countries, depending on their willingness to embrace EU initiatives.
  • The senior diplomat noted that Poland was not singled out in the Council’s written conclusions, but Michel and new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as well as other leaders openly discussed Poland as the sole hold-out in the climate debate.