Influencing international climate negotiations

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Luigi Carafa


The European Union is the third-largest carbon emitter in the world, after China and the United States. Over the last decade Brussels emerged as a frontrunner in domestic climate policy, setting an example for industrialised and developing countries. Lately the EU has been seeking to influence the international climate negotiations, which will conclude at the Paris climate summit in December 2015. What issues should the EU try to influence, and how far can it go in this respect?