A woman crosses a flooded St. Mark’s Square on November 13, after an exceptionally high tide inundated the area overnight. Credits: Bertorello/AFP

Hundreds of millions have visited Venice to understand our history, but today it’s a monument to the decades ahead.

As a Venetian, I feel devastated. Seeing St Mark’s Basilica flooded is like watching a family heirloom drift away downstream. While the sight of gondolas being smashed against their moorings, while houses and shops soak has felt like a faceless assault against the Italian way of life. The city is used to dealing with the acqua alta (high water), notably during the winter when storms prowl the Mediterranean and strong sirocco winds — amplified by the narrow shape of the Adriatic…


Photo by Andersen Pecorone

This oped, co-authored with Grégory Claeys and Georg Zachmann, summarizes the key points of a new Bruegel paper.

“Our most pressing challenge is keeping our planet healthy. This is the greatest responsibility and opportunity of our times.” This is how Ursula von der Leyen urged the European Parliament to back her proposal of a European Green Deal that would make Europe climate neutral by 2050.

Part one of our podcast conversation

With her European commission arriving soon, it is now high time to think about how to translate this wisdom into reality.

In our view, there are four vital pillars…


Saudi Vision 2030 (Image credits: www.http://vision2030.gov.sa/)

The recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities have highlighted the role of the world’s largest oil exporter and of the overall Middle East as cornerstones of global energy.

They also underlined the persistent risk of volatility in oil prices and the importance of economic diversification in the region’s petrostates, which governments have been addressing but, so far, with limited success.

Historically, Middle Eastern petrostates have turned to diversification during periods of low oil prices, typically proposing various initiatives to increase the private sector’s role in the economy, encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to create jobs and invest in…


Many on the American right view the ‘Green New Deal’ as an unrealistic, Soviet-style, fantasy destined to turn the country into a ‘hermit nation’, but such a project is now about to be tested on half-billion people across the Atlantic.

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming chief of the European Union’s powerful administrative branch, adopted the ‘European Green Deal’ as her top political priority.

For the first time ever, a large economy will cut a path to climate neutrality by 2050 — a milestone that scientists consider to be the only sensible way to protect the world from the more…


A series of global summits mean the months between now and November 2020 will be crucial to the future of climate change

When Catholics are busy choosing a new Pope the whole world watches Italy and when Americans are busy choosing a new president, the whole of Italy watches America. We used to watch for entertainment, but these days we watch because we’re scared.

For American voters, climate change now represents a top-tier issue — and Democratic candidates have accordingly put on it increasing emphasis. After all, global warming can well turn out to be a winning issue for them…

Simone Tagliapietra

Energy and Climate Fellow at Bruegel; Senior Fellow at FEEM; Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe.

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