Europe’s big climate comeback: Facing the COVID crisis, EU looks stronger than ever

A version of this article appeared earlier in Salon

Europe for years aspired to lead climate progress — but also, for years the EU seemed unable to grasp the scale of the actions needed to become, as French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed, “Europe, la Puissance” (that is, “the power”).

France skillfully landed the Paris agreement, but its foundation was a U.S.-China rapprochement. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the…