Time for a solar subsidy detox?

The EU is, like the US, threatening to retaliate against China over its solar moves. But instead of a battle, perhaps it could learn something from Beijing.

Duties to fend off competition from cheaper Chinese solar panels risk feeding the European sector's addiction to artificial subsidies, destroying more jobs than they save and stoking tension with one of the EU's biggest trading partners.

Policy decisions by EU governments, among them Germany's deep cuts in solar power incentives, show politicians have little appetite in the current climate to support an industry if it cannot stand alone.

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