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Maastricht, the birthplace of the EU

The shaping of Europe as we know it was inaugurated 30 years ago in Maastricht. The Maastricht Treaty, or Treaty of the European Union (TEU), although inheriting from structures of the former European Communities (EC) as we shall see in a bit, essentially set out the transition from European undertakings to a fully-fledged European Union. It paved the path for a true union as well as the introduction of the euro, amongst other remarkable changes.

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Is nuclear energy green? The Commission’s controversial energy proposal

The European Commission is planning to adopt the controversial ‘taxonomy’ proposal on Wednesday. It is a step towards classifying which energy sources can be labeled green for investment in the energy sector. The Commission is planning to  classify nuclear and gas as green and environmentally sustainable, which has sparked a heated debate amongst the climate campaigners, scientists, German and Austrian greens, and some investors. The taxonomy draft was presented on 31 December 2021.

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Special birthday present: Roberta Metsola becomes new EP President

Roberta Metsola from the conservative EPP group is the new President of the European Parliament. The Maltese MEP won the race on Tuesday, 18 January, in the first round of voting, reaching an absolute majority of 458 out of 690 votes cast. She succeeded against two other candidates, Alice Bah Kuhnke from the Greens/EFA and Sira Rego running for the Left.