The United Nations climate talks have made little progress on the most critical aspects of a deal to respond to the climate crisis, said Friends of the Earth Europe today at the mid-point of the summit in Paris. 
At the end of a frustrating first week, almost all options are still on the table. On the downside, the EU has not offered any increased financial support for countries on the frontline of climate impacts – a crucial element for fulfilling its historical responsibility, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has addressed the United Nations COP21 climate talks in Paris on behalf of the European Union.
The gathering of an unprecedented 147 world Heads of State marks the start of two weeks of climate talks which are expected to deliver a global agreement which should come into effect in 2020.
Susann Scherbarth, climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: "The EU is not the climate leader President Juncker would have us think.
More than 140 world Heads of State will launch two weeks of climate talks in Paris on Monday, expected to deliver an unprecedented but weak global agreement which should come into effect in 2020.
Friends of the Earth International – the world's largest grassroots environmental network – does not have high expectations for the outcome of the 'COP21' United Nations Paris Climate Summit. Its members will be present in Paris to call for a transformation of our energy system. 
Friends of the Earth Europe is shocked and saddened by the terrible attacks in Paris, and stands in solidarity with the families of those people killed and injured, and the people of Paris. Friends of the Earth Europe extends our solidarity to all people affected by violence and terrorism.
Reacting to the French government ban on planned climate mobilizations for the COP21 UN climate talks in Paris starting on 30th November due to the heightened security situation, Friends of the Earth International chairperson Jagoda Munic said:
The EU’s energy strategy is dangerously at odds with the urgent need to transform Europe’s energy system and fight climate change, Friends of the Earth Europe has said today in response to the publication of a progress report.
The European Commission vice president for the energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, gave his ‘State of the Energy Union’ speech in Brussels, and set out next steps for Europe's energy future.
Citizens in the Czech Republic have been spared the worst of plans for new coal this week, although the Czech government went back on its word to block the outright expansion of two mines in the north of the country.
French energy giant Engie this week announced it will stop investing in coal in a victory for Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France and its campaign against Engie's dirty energy investments.
The victory comes days after last saw community activists around Europe and the world target dirty, undemocratic energy system with coordinated action as part of 'Reclaim Power'.
The European Union will go to the upcoming global climate talks with an inadequate offer which fails to give enough backing to citizen-controlled, renewable-powered energy, after ministers agreed a weak position in Brussels today.
Magda Stoczkiewicz, the director of Friends of the Earth Europe, on why we must do more to tackle the root causes of the refugee situation, being discussed today in Brussels.
When discussing the mass movement of refugees to Europe that we are witnessing – including the more than 1,000 who have been given makeshift shelters in Brussels just a short distance from where ministers will meet today to discuss an EU-wide response – we can all agree this: the drivers are multiple, complex and interlocking.
Climate justice was on the agenda at the Young Friends of the Earth Europe summer camp 2015 in Brittany, north-west France, as 100 European youth gathered to discuss action plans and environmental justice in the run-up to this December's UN climate talks in Paris – the COP21.