The balance of power in the US Senate tipped last week in favour of the Democrats, but their razor-thin majority could still limit Joe Biden’s climate change and clean energy ambitions.
Eastern European leaders frequently hinder climate negotiations in Brussels, but this attitude is damaging their development as well as efforts to tackle climate change.
For too long the US has supported gas projects in Europe that offer alternatives to Russian gas imports.
A refusal by Russia to fully take part in the global clean energy transition could have serious economic and political repercussions for the country.
Countries in Eastern Europe are often seen as climate action laggards, but the reality is more complicated.