ConsEUmer podcast / EP45: Belgium taxes short-haul flights, France’s nuclear comeback, and Crypto geo-fencing (w/ Aleksandar Kokotović)

It’s episode 45 of ConsEUmer! This week: 🇧🇪 Belgium imposes a new tax on short-haul flights 🇫🇷 France invests into small nuclear plants ₿ Geo-fencing is an issue in the crypto space (w/ Aleksandar Kokotović) You can follow Aleksandar Kokotović on Twitter at @kokota. October 14, 2021 Follow ConsEUmer wherever you get your podcasts: Apple: […]

Greta Thunberg didn’t win the German elections

Greta Thunberg is back in business. Previously slowed down by European pandemic restrictions, the Fridays For Future movement has now hit the streets, starting in Berlin. ‘We must not give up, there is no going back now,’ Thunberg told thousands of local protesters. The appeals and influence of her movement have translated, at least somewhat, […]

Europe’s Nuclear Power Divide

Last week was a big week for the Fridays For Future, the environmentalist group inspired by. Greta Thunberg. Thunberg spoke at a large rally in Berlin on Friday before hundreds of thousands of followers, launching what seems to be the big comeback for the climate-action movement in Europe following months of restrictions on large gatherings […]

Luxembourg’s energy transformation faces an uphill battle

My latest article was published on Journal. It can be found HERE. Luxembourg is far off from the ambitious renewable energy targets set by the European Union. What is the country’s current energy mix, what can be done to diversify it, and which challenges does it face with increased electromobility? If you want to support independent […]

The problem with the EPA’s pesticide politics

If you’re a regular consumer of memes, then you’ve likely heard of the widely used herbicide atrazine. Conspiracy theory broadcaster Alex Jones mentioned the chemical in a now-viral segment claiming it “turns the frog gay.” Jones had based his claims on research by a Berkeley biology professor named Tyrone Hayes. In 2002, Hayes published a […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP37: Right-to-die, Facebook goes shopping, and the EU’s free-market neighbour (w/ Zurab Tchiaberashvili)

It’s a new episode of ConsEUmer, with these topics: 🚲 The “Dutch Cycling Embassy” makes spurious claims 🇪🇺 The EU doesn’t like Facebook’s latest purchase (w/ Yaël Ossowski) 🇮🇹 Italians campaign for the “right to die” 🇬🇪 Georgia is the EU’s free-market neighbour (w/ Zurab Tchiaberashvili) Link to “Dutch Cycling Embassy” post: https://bit.ly/3sqP813 You can […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP36: The organic lobby, Germany votes, and Protests in Bulgaria (w/ Nikolay Filibev)

Mid-summer episode of ConsEUmer, with your host Bill Wirtz (@wirtzbill). In this week’s episode: 🌱 Environmental groups want organic-only by 2035 🧳 Travelling to the EU from visa-exempt countries will be harder from next year on 🇩🇪 Germany is voting next month (w/ Fred Roeder) 🇧🇬 Bulgarians protest government over wiretapping scandal (w/ Nikolay Filibev) […]