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Leonid Bershidsky

Poland and Hungary Are Right to Fear the EU’s Green Deal

Ursula von der Leyen needs to be more specific about aiding post-Communist countries in their transition to clean energy.

Choke point.

Choke point.

Photographer: WOLFGANG VON BRAUCHITSCH

One could regard eastern European countries’ opposition to Ursula von der Leyen’s ambitious goal of climate neutrality by 2050 as a cynical play for more financial support, and that wouldn’t be entirely wrong.

But it’s also important to recognize that these nations need firm guarantees from the European Commission president that their wealthier neighbors will help with transition costs. Otherwise, even if eastern Europe signs up to the climate pledge, her neutrality goal simply won’t be reached.