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Germany considers protecting firms from foreign takeovers

Location: Germany

Energy 27-10-2016

European Parliament's backing of fracking outrages critics

The European Parliament has welcomed more imports of fracked gas from the US, leading to criticism questioning the EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

Commission recommends extension of Schengen border controls

The European Commission has given Germany what it wants and recommended that border controls within the Schengen area be extended. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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Agriculture & Food 26-10-2016

Éric Andrieu: 'The CAP has been disastrous for jobs'

SPECIAL REPORT / A European Parliament report calls on the EU to target subsidies at small and medium-sized businesses and promote short supply chains and organic food in order to boost employment in the agricultural sector. EurActiv France reports.

Jean-Marie Le Pen loses immunity over racial hatred charges

The European Parliament on Tuesday (25 October) voted to lift Jean-Marie Le Pen's parliamentary immunity. The move follows a request from French prosecutors, who are building a case against Le Pen for inciting racial hatred.
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.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Udo Bullmann: It is 'correct' to give regions say on CETA deal

SPD MEP Udo Bullmann does not think it is a mistake to make agreements like the teetering CETA deal dependent on the approval of regions like Wallonia. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel 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.

The Brief: Brussels Bubble’s Belgium-bashing is rude and revolting

It’s time for the Brussels Bubble to stop the Belgium-bashing. The latest outbreak of this unsightly epidemic came last week, after the Walloons blocked the CETA trade agreement with Canada.

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.
Future EU 21-10-2016

The End of Europe

The EU risks disintegration with the emergence of a xenophobic and populist wave. The European project needs to be completely rethought, far from the current state of exception, argues historian Enzo Traverso.

The cities fighting for London’s bankers after Brexit

France's Hauts-de-Seine department, west of Paris, has launched a poster campaign at London's St Pancras railway station and Heathrow airport, in an effort to seduce the City's bankers across the Channel. EurActiv's partner La Tribune 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.

Transport 20-10-2016

German transport minister refuses to shoulder blame for Dieselgate

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has claimed that Berlin bears no responsibility for Dieselgate, telling a European Parliament committee that "Volkswagen cheated, so Volkswagen is responsible." 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.
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.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

World Bank: Populism in US, Europe threatens emerging markets

The biggest threat to emerging markets growth in coming years could come from the rise of populism and isolationism in developed countries, a World Bank official said on Tuesday (18 October).
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

‘Dangerously complacent’ Europe unready for Trump or Clinton

European leaders have either underestimated the danger of a Donald Trump presidency or overestimated the level of continuity Hillary Clinton will bring, according to a new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

German defence minister says Berlin is ready to expand military role

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said yesterday (17 October) that Berlin was ready to play a larger military role than in the past in the service of closer European defence cooperation.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

'Anti-trade' MEP put in charge of controversial export control bill

Companies that lobbied to water down new EU rules that will make it harder to export some technology products are worried the MEP in charge of the controversial bill will be “anti-trade” and double down on the European Commission's controversial plans.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Germany considers protecting firms from foreign takeovers

The German Economy Ministry wants to protect high-tech companies in Germany from unwanted takeovers, especially from state-owned and partly state-owned companies in non-European countries, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.