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26/05/2016

German companies seek to break America

People: Angela Merkel


Global Europe 26-05-2016

Putin says EU needs Russian help to stay on global stage, on eve of Greece trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday (26 May) that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared to visit the bloc.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says 'not worried' about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.

Erdogan says Turkish parliament will block EU refugee deal if no visa-free travel

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (24 May) warned the European Union that lawmakers would block legislation related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.
Euro & Finance 25-05-2016

Timeline of a crisis: Europe’s economic strategy from 2008 to today

At the outset of the economic crisis in 2008, the EU mirrored the rescue packages seen in the US and elsewhere. In total, more than €1.6 trillion was used to save the banks and €200 billion to keep the European economies afloat.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Normandy Four leaders discuss OSCE monitoring of eastern Ukraine

The leaders of the Normandy Four countries: Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, held a telephone conversation early today (24 May) over the issue of improving OSCE monitoring in eastern Ukraine.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Merkel warns Erdogan his authoritarian drift endangers visa deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (23 May) of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.
Enlargement 23-05-2016

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country today (23 May).
Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish bill denounced as power grab

Turkey's parliament today (20 May) adopted a highly divisive bill that will lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them thrown out of parliament.
Europe's East 20-05-2016

Turkish minister: Anti-terror law amendment 'not on the agenda'

The granting of visa liberalisation, and to a lesser extent the German parliament’s expected recognition of the Armenian genocide, could threaten to derail the EU’s refugee pact with Turkey. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Çağatay Kılıç.
Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish premier vows allegiance to Erdogan

Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new prime minister yesterday (19 May), with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.
Europe's East 18-05-2016

German resolution on Armenian genocide expected to sour Turkey relationsip

Turkey has long opposed the international recognition of the Armenian genocide and the German parliament's plans to finally grant it could spell trouble for Berlin's relations with Ankara. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
EU Priorities 2020 11-05-2016

Wieland: ‘Spitzenkandidat genie is well and truly out of the bottle’

In November 2015, the European Parliament supported a reform to the EU electoral law that is intended to make the European elections more attractive. EurActiv Germany spoke to one of the legislature's vice-presidents about it.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Foreign Affairs council may discuss controversial Afghan repatriation plan

Development ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday (12 May) may discuss a controversial proposal to repatriate some 80,000 Afghans to their homeland, it emerged Tuesday (10 May).
Development Policy 10-05-2016

Merkel to attend first-ever world humanitarian summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be among some 50 leaders attending the first-ever world humanitarian summit in Istanbul to rethink the global aid strategy, UN diplomats said yesterday (9 May).

Juncker calls Brenner controls 'political catastrophe'

Austria imposing controls on its border with Italy would be a "political catastrophe" for Europe, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday (7 May).
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Turkey’s visa liberalisation: An insult to the EU’s eastern neighbours?

While the EU may think that remaining silent on the more challenging issues of the visa liberalisation deal might be a price worth paying for dealing with the refugee crisis, it reflects the bloc’s desperation, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.
Trade & Society 06-05-2016

Germans increasingly doubtful of TTIP

Germans are growing increasingly wary of a vast EU-US trade pact currently under negotiation, an opinion poll showed on 5 May, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped for a deal by December.
Elections 06-05-2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (5 May) urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.
Elections 06-05-2016

Oppermann: ‘Any decent German must condemn’ AfD's stance on Islam

Thomas Oppermann, the SPD parliamentary group's chairman, spoke with EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about the rise of right-wing populism, Germany's relationship with Turkey and his own party's performance.
Elections 04-05-2016

S&D: Pasok is 'completely isolated' in our group

EXCLUSIVE / Greece’s Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) is “completely isolated” from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and its attitude about the government’s negotiations with its creditors is “embarrassing”, sources told EurActiv.com.
Elections 04-05-2016

Merkel pledges to help hinder France's National Front

German chancellor Angela Merkel visited a French school in Berlin yesterday (3 May) and used the opportunity to announce her intention to support French parties against the National Front in the presidential election next year. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Greenpeace to publish 248 pages of TTIP leaks

Greenpeace said yesterday (1 May) it was in possession of leaked documents showing that a planned huge free trade deal between the United States and the European Union poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety".
Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

German companies seek to break America

US President Barack Obama's drive to reindustrialise his country offers German companies huge opportunites if they are able to negotiate certain hurdles. EurActiv’s new partner WirtschaftsWoche reports from the Hannover Messe.