The EU has begun to position itself at the heart of the global climate regimethroughan extended web of partnerships with both developed and developing countries around the world. Nonetheless, Europe will need to enhance cohesion in climate negotiations by speaking with a single voice on the world stage, as well as work on reinforcing the legal architecture of the climate regime. There is great potential for the EU to strengthen both its internal and external climate actions, as opinion surveys indicate consistently high levels of popular support on this issue across the EU.
Overall, Europe needs the climate regime as much as the climate regime needs Europe. Indeed, the EU is currently suffering from internal divisions with the rise of populist Eurosceptic movements. Climate change represents a salient issue with the potential to enhance European unity, since most member states agree that action should be taken. Moreover, if the EU succeeds in enacting ambitious environmental legislation, this will attract green investments and international entrepreneurs, helping to consolidate the economic recovery. Likewise, climate diplomacy has also provided EU external relations with a palpable success. Regardless of weaknesses in other areas, climate negotiations represent an opportunity for the EU to bolster its presence on theglobal stage. Conversely, the climate regime needs the EU because otherwise, following US disengagement, China risks filling in the vacuum on its own and becoming the main power. If an authoritarian government comes to dominate the global climate regime, this might impact its legitimacy in the long run. Thus, EU leadership is necessaryto balance China's power and infuse democratic values into the climate regime. This is especially true since the EU, due to its very nature, is ideally positioned to contribute. Climate negotiationsdo not requireany sort of hard military power, but rather subtle diplomatic skillsand 'soft power'. As an archetypical normative power, the EU can successfully rely on tools such as multilateral diplomacy to shape the international climate agenda and become the guardian of the Paris Agreement.No one will ever jump shipRich Lowry 10-25. Editor of National Review. 10-25-2019. "The Problem with President Pence." National Review. Would Republican senatorsreally engineer their own party’s destruction?Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the GOP ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it.It’s a tropeof pro-impeachment commentary thatit should be simple for Republicansenatorsto swap outPresident Donald Trump, who puts them in awkward positions every day, forVice President Mike Pence, an upstanding Reagan conservative who could start with a fresh slate in the runup to the 2020 election.