A new game released today sheds light on the murky EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), days after it came into force – provisionally. A large number of citizens struggle to know what CETA actually means for them and what can be done to stop the deal, which still lacks approval from most EU member state parliaments. The mobile and desktop game 'Dodgy Deals' lets players face some of the dangerous features of trade deals like CETA and shows what is at stake.
We're delighted to welcome Jagoda Munić to Friends of the Earth Europe as our new director. Jagoda has spent many years working with Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia and played a prominent role in the wider federation – including four years as chairperson of Friends of the Earth International. Here she shares her thoughts as she takes up her new role.
Today, Friends of the Earth Europe hosted a Q&A with Laura Cáceres, an environmental activist of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH). She is the daughter of Berta Cáceres, co-founder of COPINH and defender of the indigenous Lenca people, who was assassinated 2016 in a crime for which no-one has yet been brought to justice. The event was part of Friends of the Earth Europe's School of Sustainability project.
The controversial CETA trade deal between Canada and the European Union has largely come into force today amid sharp criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe. The early implementation – known as 'provisional application' – comes even though most national parliaments have not yet begun to debate or vote on the deal. 
Commenting on today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, Leida Rijnhout from Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“We need a fundamental rethink of the kind of Europe we want – in some areas President Juncker seems to recognise this, but in others it is very much business as usual. It remains to be seen whether his proposals will go far enough to really bridge the gap between the EU its citizens.
More than 65 European and international NGO networks – including FOCUS/Friends of the Earth Slovenia – have written to the Slovenian Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar, expressing concern about the ongoing pressure on civil society and organisations in Slovenia that act in the public interest in the field of environmental protection.
The European Parliament's environment committee today backed strong energy efficiency targets, acknowledging the numerous benefits of saving energy and demonstrating a clear commitment to the Paris climate agreement.
MEPs on the committee voted on a crucial file of the EU's 'Clean Energy Package' to tackle climate change up to 2030.
On the Energy Efficiency Directive the committee supported a target of 40% energy savings by 2030 and a strengthened annual energy savings target.
Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the decision of the Belgian government to file a request for an opinion to the European Court of Justice on the Investment Court System (ICS) included in the EU-Canada trade deal CETA . The ECJ will now examine if the ICS is compatible with the European Treaties. An opinion from the Court finding an incompatibility would put the future of the CETA ratification in doubt.
To mark ten years of Young Friends of the Earth Europe, we spoke to some of the key people who've been involved since it started in 2007.
From those who set it up and coordinated it from the start, to the steering group members and volunteers who bring it to life, we look back at the actions, summer camps, workshops and fun that have made this network so special to so many people...
Over the past week Danielle van Oijen, from the forest team in Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands, joined the action camp for Białowieza forest just a few kilometers from the border with Belarus. Here, she shares her reflections on her time there.