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Trade & Society 25-10-2016

German weapon sales shoot through the roof

German weapons dealers have seen their exports top €4 billion in the first six months of this year alone. While small weapon sales fell, exports of small arms ammunition reached record highs. EurActiv Germany reports.

Strache: 'Most dangerous woman in Europe' Merkel has made civil war 'not unlikely'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced renewed criticism from the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, who has once again tried to drum up support through angry and exaggerated rhetoric.  EurActiv Germany reports.

Germany's intelligence service reform stokes controversy

Germany’s ruling coalition is to adopt a new intelligence law today (21 October). Concerns have been raised about the increase in the amount of surveillance that will be permitted by the new legislation. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 21-10-2016

Business as usual for Draghi and the ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB) is to stick with its policy of record-low interest rates and bond purchasing scheme, as head of the bank Mario Draghi continues to try and reach the bank's inflation targets. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Energy 21-10-2016

German solar power and its struggles on the global market


Almost 49,000 employees, about 3.7 million installations and a saving of more than 28 million tonnes of CO2 last year alone: the German solar industry is impressive. But it is going to need freer trade and new ideas if it is to remain an important player in Germany’s energy transition. EurActiv Germany reports.

Elections 20-10-2016

Bütikofer: Green parties 'are not so limited in our reach as we once were!'

Pan-European polls do not paint a pleasant picture for the continent's green parties: if elections were to be held today, they would only win a quarter of the 50 seats they currently hold in the European Parliament. spoke with European Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer about the issue.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

European socialists want better Cuba relations, US remains problematic

The head of the S&D group has called on the EU to quickly implement its agreement with Cuba and has ramped up the pressure on the US to lift its sanctions against the Caribbean nation. EurActiv Germany reports.
Digital 19-10-2016

ECJ rules in favour of Germany in IP address squabble

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today (19 October) that Germany's government may collect and save the log data of visitors to its websites, in order for it to better resist hackers. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 19-10-2016

Europe's socialists in disarray, Germany tries to plot course away from trouble

No matter where you look in Europe, socialists are in a tight spot. In the south, their voters are jumping ship to the left and in the north they are haemorraging support to the extreme parties of both the left and right. EurActiv Germany reports.
Security 18-10-2016

Mosul offensive may send ISIS fighters back to Europe

Security Commissioner Julian King told Die Welt (18 October) that the anti-ISIS offensive created an increased risk of attacks in Europe. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière quickly refuted King's claim, saying the threat was already high. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU sounds out Egypt on possible refugee deal

Libya is not the only North African country that is playing host to a large number of refugees: Egypt finds itself in a similar position. Cairo has indicated its interest in brokering some form of agreement akin to the EU's deal with Turkey. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Giegold MEP: Constitutional court CETA decision 'balanced' but concerns remain

Germany’s ruling parties champion the cause of proper subsidiarity when it suits them, but conveniently forget it when it comes to free trade, said Sven Giegold MEP, in an interview with EurActiv Germany about CETA.
Development Policy 14-10-2016

Merkel’s Africa visit provokes mixed reaction

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent three day tour of Africa has been greeted with mixed signals. Political leaders, academics and policy makers are divided on whether it added any value to the continent. EurActiv Germany reports.

Killer clocks: Scientists count the health and economic costs of changing the time

It's that time of year again, when Europeans scratch their heads and wonder if the clocks will go forward or back an hour. Once again, experts have questioned the point of this practice. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Kenya’s betting craze leaves trail of destruction

Betting companies are experiencing unprecedented success in Kenya, but the lure of an easy buck has led to addiction, depression and even suicides in the East African country. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 13-10-2016

Germany free to sign CETA after top court rejects case

Germany's Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal brought against the EU's free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The door is now open for Berlin to sign the agreement. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 07-10-2016

Leaked CETA declaration given short shrift

Five leaked pages of a draft declaration on the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA, have surfaced ahead of a Council meeting on 18 October when all member states will be asked to adopt it. It has done little to placate the concerns of the agreement's critics. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Financial expert: Deutsche Bank collapse 'would probably trigger new global financial crisis'

Deutsche Bank is in crisis mode and its collapse could signal the beginning of a whole new set of economic woes for Germany, the EU and even the entire global financial system, expert Michael Schröder told EurActiv Germany. But he insists that state aid is not the answer.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

German-led 'Scramble for Iran' underway, slowed by fearful banks

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has embarked on a visit to Iran in order to promote German businesses and start working towards an opening up of the country. But many experts still doubt whether his "change through trade" mantra will bear fruit. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 30-09-2016

German farmers divided over EU-Canada trade deal

SPECIAL REPORT / Despite ongoing protests around Europe, the EU still wants to conclude the CETA agreement with Canada within the next five weeks. The German agricultural sector is divided in its opinion of the deal: large farms relish the advantages and small enterprises fear transatlantic competition. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Industrial agriculture threatens to drive German smallholders into ruin

SPECIAL REPORT / The existence of many farms is dependent on economic pressure and competition brought by larger scale holdings. More and more German farms are being driven into ruin and the environment is paying a hefty price too. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Panama Papers committee courts public opinion to exert pressure

The European Parliament's Panama Papers inquiries has invited the journalists that first published the leak to its first hearing, in a political charged move against a "system that many European countries are involved in". EurActiv Germany reports.

Justice Commissioner continues push for EU prosecutor's office

Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová is continuing with her ambitious plans to set up a European Public Prosecutor Office by 2019. But the member states still have doubts about handing over control to a centralised EU agency. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 28-09-2016

German agriculture: Short-term crisis management or long-term strategy?

SPECIAL REPORT / Numerous agricultural crises in Germany have made life difficult for the Agriculture Ministry lately, especially in light of much-needed structural changes to the sector. EurActiv Germany reports.