Friday February 21, 2020

EU’s trading partners must play fair on climate, says Von der Leyen

European Commission president tells Davos that ‘carbon border tax’ would protect workers from unfair competition

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

22nd January, 2020
Ursula von der Leyen’s plans could open a new front in the transatlantic spat with Donald Trump. Picture: AFP via Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen has told world leaders at Davos that she will implement a carbon border tax to penalise trading partners that do not up their game on climate change.

The European Commission president was speaking at the Swiss ski resort, where the rich and powerful gathered this week for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting.

In her speech today, Von der Leyen focused on climate change and geopolitics, the two...

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