News from the Capitals #13
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
There is a growing crisis within the main opposition party, the Partido Popular. Due to the growing popularity and weight that Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the leader of the community of Madrid, was gaining within the party, the leadership of the Popular Party has speculated on a possible primary election to replace Ayuso with Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida who is currently the mayor of Madrid. This move is proving controversial as it affects the stability of the party by externalising in the relationship between Almeida and Ayuso, considered one of the main assets of the Party. Pablo Casado, despite being the leader of the party, is significantly less popular than Ayuso, so it is understood that this move is to have a negative impact on the image of the president of the Community of Madrid and thus result in a shift in her importance and image within the party.
The coalition negotiations are continuing, and we can expect the committees to be formed in the new couple of weeks.
Merkel attended COP26 to represent Germany. She stated that the efforts were not good enough and called for concrete ways to measure targets and goals. Additionally, Svenja Schulze, SPD politician and federal minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety also attended COP26. She stated that she envisions Germany as the bridge-builders, saying they have expertise, experience, and a foundation of trust to implement the progresses that are made at these conferences.
Along with this Germany has a target to become carbon neutral by 2045, 5 years before the Paris Agreement deadline. This is relevant to mention for the coalition negotiations, where the topic of carbon neutrality is a key part of discussions between the political parties trying to form a government.
There was further outcry over Tory sleaze this week after Conservative MPs yesterday voted in favour of an amendment to block the 30-day Commons suspension handed to Owen Paterson, a senior Conservative backbencher who has committed serious breaches of the rules on paid advocacy, and set up a new committee dominated by a five-to-four majority of Tory MPs that would draw up new rules on MPs’ standards. Labour and the Scottish National Party said they would not recognise the new committee.
COP26 continues this week with further discussion on the use of coal and reaching net zero. Earlier this week, in what has been seen as the only major success for the conference so far, around 100 countries signed the “Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use” committing to end deforestation by 2030, covering 85 percent of the forests on the planet.
Negotiations between the UK and France over fishing rights will continue this week, with some closure to the disagreement expected.