President Ursula von der Leyen has made climate protection a political priority for the European Commission.
A metamorphosis of this magnitude offers both significant opportunities and potential for conflict. The same can be said of the proposed border adjustment measures. Those who agree see such measures as crucial to achieving Europe’s climate protection ambitions; they also hope it will encourage third countries to step up their respective efforts in this area. Others fear such measures lack an appropriate legal basis, would weaken the European economy and trigger a storm of external reactions.