Greenpeace and nine German and Austrian utilities selling renewable energy said on Thursday (2 July) they are launching legal action against state aid for a new British nuclear power plant, which was approved by the European Commission.
Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EurActiv Germany reports .
The German government will announce on Thursday (2 July) a decision to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, according to government sources.
Chancellor Merkel emphasised that despite the situation in Greece, Europe is stable and intends to “calmly” await the Greek referendum, while Finance Minister Schäuble accused Athens of “flip-flopping without purpose or understanding”. EurActiv Germany reports .
Greece will vote on its future in the eurozone on Sunday (5 July). If such a poll were to be conducted across the EU, it is far from certain that a majority would back further concessions to Athens as the price for keeping the Union intact. The EurActiv Network reports.
German utilities hope the government will drop a plan to slap carbon levies on coal-fired power plants on Wednesday (1 July), but compensating the companies to move aging capacity to a reserve scheme instead would create new problems.
Growing amounts of waste put an increasing burden on the climate, particularly in newly industrialising countries, where greenhouse gas emissions are rising, according to a new study for the German environment agency. EurActiv.de reports
As the blame game intensifies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Athens of refusing to compromise, saying no one can get 100%, while Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was even tougher on the Greek government. EurActiv Germany reports .
Germany is a main target country for Albanian asylum seekers. Now, the German embassy in Tirana is warning potential refugees in Albanian newspapers of traffickers and profiteers. Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Modern pharmaceuticals are no longer exclusively produced in a chemicals laboratory, but are often developed using live cells. In Germany, such biopharmaceuticals are being sold and prescribed at an ever increasing rate – despite widespread scepticism over GMOs in Germany. EurActiv Germany reports .
Speaking about Greece on her arrival at the June EU Council Summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “there hasn't been enough progress, and to some extent one can have the impression that we are moving backwards”.
Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) sees the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP as a threat to standards protecting against chemicals that may be harmful to humans and the environment. The chemicals industry “vehemently” objected to the NGO’s claim. EurActiv Germany reports .
MEPs will supposedly vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) resolution in July. Despite recent developments, the camp supporting it is still far stronger than the opposition, writes Doru Frantescu.
Wars in Syria, South Sudan and in the Central African Republic are posing new challenges to development NGOs, causing Germany’s Welthungerhilfe and resort to unconventional measures. EurActiv Germany reports .
Germany shows significant discrepancies among private users with regard to protection against cyber attacks, a recent study shows, with internet users growing increasingly uneasy despite an improved security situation. EurActiv Germany reports .
Effective since the beginning of 2015, the minimum wage seems to be paying off, with statistics showing that fewer workers have been dependent on the Hartz IV unemployment benefit. EurActiv Germany reports .
The German government has settled with the country's four nuclear companies on four interim storage facilities for radioactive waste that is currently stored abroad, but Bavaria is up in arms over the decision. EurActiv Germany reports .