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Rogue Austrian minister burns bridges to save EU nature law

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🗞️ Driving the news: Austrian Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler defied her government to support the EU’s Nature Restoration Law
• Her decision secured enough backing for the law to pass, despite legal threats and opposition from Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer

🔭 The context: The Nature Restoration Law aims to restore 20% of Europe’s land and seas by 2030
• Gewessler’s move came after a last-minute change in stance by Vienna, allowing her to alter Austria's position at the EU level

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This law is a crucial part of the EU's efforts to reverse environmental degradation, making significant strides towards sustainable land and sea management across the continent

⏭️ What's next: The conflict is set to continue in the courts, with Nehammer filing complaints against the legislation and Gewessler personally
• The internal political fallout in Austria could also have broader implications for the country's coalition government

💬 One quote: “I know I will face opposition in Austria for this, but I’m convinced that this is the time to adopt this law,” said Leonore Gewessler

📈 One stat: The Nature Restoration Law requires Europe to revive 20% of its land and seas by 2030

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