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Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Central Europe 27-02-2017

Hungary starts construction of second border fence

Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday (27 February), a move likely to exacerbate criticism from some of the country's European Union partners.

Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

Germany insists on no debt relief, Greece shows how much gold it has

Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said yesterday (26 February), as Athens announced how much gold it has in reserve.

Competition 27-02-2017

EU set to block stock market mega merger

London Stock Exchange (LSE) said its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse AG was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission, leaving the stock market operators' third attempt at combining on the brink of failure.

Elections 24-02-2017

Schulz shuffles the deck of German politics

Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has resurrected the left-right divide in German politics ahead of the elections in September. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Politics 23-02-2017

France, Germany get backing from Brussels on security proposals

France and Germany won backing from the European Union's executive yesterday (22 February) for proposals to tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Education: Europe’s problem child

Many EU member states are too slow to implement socio-political reforms in crucial sectors like education, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Spanish oil, wine, meat and horticultural products: Four success stories

Spain's agricultural sector has used exports as a way to escape from financial crisis and it has emerged as a real engine of the economy since 2008. Growth continues unabated and numerous records have been broken. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Economy & Jobs 22-02-2017

EU says Germany should do more to help economy

Europe's top economy Germany should help its EU partners out, the European Commission said on Wednesday (22 February), after the Trump administration attacked Berlin for using the bloc to boost exports unfairly.

Politics 22-02-2017

Germany proposes EU rules making migrant deportations easier

German officials have proposed that the European Union relax some human rights safeguards so that more asylum seekers can be deported while awaiting the outcome of their cases, according to a working paper seen by Reuters.

Politics 22-02-2017

German foreign minister: Greece should stay in eurozone

Germany should do all it can to keep Greece in the eurozone, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Tuesday (21 February), amid renewed tensions between Athens and its international creditors over its bailout programme.

Elections 21-02-2017

Political consultant: Schulz has fighting chance of winning German election

Martin Schulz has a real chance of becoming Germany's next chancellor, political consultant Michael Spreng told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche, as Angela Merkel struggles to inspire her own voters.

Politics 21-02-2017

International arms trade shoots up to highest level since end of Cold War

Global arms deals have reached their highest level since the end of the Cold War, according to one study. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 21-02-2017

Hollande calls Versailles mini-summit on the future of the EU

French President François Hollande said yesterday (20 February) there would be a summit in Versailles with the leaders of Germany, Italy and Spain on 6 March to prepare reforms for the European Union ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March.

Elections 20-02-2017

Commission denies Juncker ready to resign

The European Commission has denied that President Jean-Claude Juncker could resign in March, as reported by La Repubblica.

Elections 20-02-2017

Germany’s SPD moves ahead of Merkel’s party in poll

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have moved ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in an opinion poll by the Emnid institute for the first time since 2006, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said on Sunday (19 February).The SPD's unexpected surge of some 12 points in the last month has caught Merkel and her …

Global Europe 17-02-2017

France and Germany frown at Trump’s Middle East policy

France and Germany consider the US position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict confusing and risking ending the prospect of a two-state solution and fuel conflict in the region, the two leading EU countries said yesterday (16 February).

Global Europe 17-02-2017

Germany’s Schäuble says EU must assume more active global role

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday (17 February) the European Union must take on a bigger international role, saying the answer to crises from security to climate change was to stick together and stop relying on the United States.

Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Trudeau to MEPs: Trade has to work for people

The day after MEPs approved CETA, the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 February) that trade had to work for people who are struggling to make ends meets and raise their families.

Elections 16-02-2017

French and German socialists divided by CETA vote

The European Parliament's vote on ratifying CETA, the EU-Canada trade agreement, revealed the deep divisions among socialists across the EU, in particular in the “engine of Europe” – France and Germany.

Security 14-02-2017

Germany to deepen military ties with EU allies

Germany will move forward this week with plans to set up a joint fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J transport planes with France and join a Netherlands-led fleet of Airbus A330 tanker planes, defence ministry sources said on Monday (13 February).

Vice-versa: Racial profiling in Germany

Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? Euractiv Germany’s new Vice-Versa series continues to take a look at one issue from both a European and federal government perspective.

Elections 13-02-2017

Germany elects ‘anti-Trump’ Steinmeier as president

Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday (12 February) as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.

13-02-2017

France calls on Germany to hike investment spending

France’s Economy Minister Michel Sapin has dismissed a US attack on Germany's trade surplus but urged Europe's biggest economy to boost its spending on investment.