The Bulgarian government yesterday announced it will construct an international motorway partially through EU protected wildlife haven Kresna Gorge, threatening tragedy for one of Europe's most biodiverse nature sites, and a potential showdown with the European Commission.
The majority of electricity supplied to citizens across Europe is supplied by only a handful of big Energy companies. In the UK "the big six" supplies 90% of energy customers, in Germany five companies have a similar share and in Spain only three energy corporations are dominant , People are fed up with this and are moving towards an entirely different energy system – one that gives people and communities ownership over their own, renewable energy systems.
Over the last few years, many issues have brought people into the streets in their thousands to demonstrate against the dodgy transatlantic trade deals TTIP and CETA. But perhaps the most contentious has been the issue of ‘corporate courts’ proposed for the frozen EU-US trade deal, TTIP – in trade jargon, known as an Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
It's a special guest episode this month, as Jordens Vänner/Friends of the Earth Sweden take the reins tell us all about their climate camp this summer near Gothenburg, where there are plans to build a fossil gas terminal in the harbour. Tune in to find out how they brought kayaks to the fight against the climate-killing gas infrastructure, and get to know Jordens Vänner and how they work!
Today, on the International Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Friends of the Earth activists are taking to the streets in Brussels to demand women’s rights and bodily autonomy and the right to abortion for women across all European countries and around the world.
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.
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.