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Switzerland far outranks EU on innovation

Patrick Timmann | EurActiv Germany

Development Policy 01-07-2014

Berlin panel: vaccines save lives and economies

An estimated 1.5 million children will die from preventable diseases this year because they do not have access to vaccinations. At a June 25 workshop hosted by EurActiv Germany, experts discussed current opportunities and challenges for health development in the world's poorest countries. reports
Development Policy 11-06-2014

TTIP contradicts post-2015 development goals, experts say

The planned US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has come up against intense criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. Now development officials have joined the choir, and are warning that the agreement will undermine the UN's post-2015 development agenda. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 05-06-2014

African countries feel cornered in EU trade negotiations

The EU is anxious to finalise talks with Africa over a planned Economic Partnership Agreement. If negotiators do not seal the deal by 1 October, preferential access to the EU's internal market will be cut short, putting pressure on African negotiators, who feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 03-06-2014

Germany's Eurosceptic AfD sidelines development policy

The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has failed to define a clear development policy stance up until now. Speaking with EurActiv Germany, the party revealed only vague, primarily neoliberal approaches, while German development organisations reacted with consternation and spoke of a "completely outdated picture". EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 23-04-2014

Study: Public-private partnerships threaten smallholders

Collaboration between public and private agriculture investment was thought to be beneficial for development. But a recent study focusing on Zambia argues the opposite: most companies simply seek a quick profit, while local smallholders sink further into poverty. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 22-04-2014

Deutsche Bank clashes with NGOs over food speculation

NGOs and investors are at odds over the effects of food speculation, causing the European Parliament to propose limiting direct stakeholder purchases, and Deutsche Bank to cover its tracks amid "a flood of accusations." EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 04-04-2014

Germany losing prestige in energy transition, study reveals

The German Energiewende (energy transition) - once an international model - threatens to disintegrate. Now is the time to develop a common European energy strategy, experts say. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 28-03-2014

100 days of 'new' development policy in Germany?

As soon as Gerd Müller took office as Germany's new development minister, he emphasised a new agenda that set him apart from his predecessor. However,  critics are calling his plans to increase the development budget a “sham”. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 24-03-2014

UN expert: Sustainable development requires ‘checks and balances’

With UN Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, plans for a successor programme were under debate in Berlin last week. Negotiations are far from conclusion, but it is already clear that democracy and the rule of law are crucial points for sustainable development. EurActiv Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 21-03-2014

Germany's Eurosceptic AfD meets to define party platform

Right-wingers are gaining influence in Germany, as more liberals join the Alternative for Germany party. But ahead of a national convention in Erfurt, the AfD is scrambling for consensus on a number of issues, hoping for a manifesto that will signal "solidarity and a departure on a new course". EurActiv Germany reports.

Switzerland far outranks EU on innovation

New statistics from the European Commission show that Switzerland far surpasses the EU in innovation. But it is uncertain how long the country can hold its top spot, as the Swiss continue to distance themselves from the EU, EurActiv Germany reports.