Angela Merkel

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.

Future EU 24-02-2017

Juncker: This Commission no longer regulates the flushing of toilets

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday (23 February) that he “fought like a lion” against “ill-inspired Commissioners” who thought the EU should regulate the flushing of toilets. He also indicated that he will push for a multi-speed Europe in proposals to be unveiled next month.

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.

Economy & Jobs 20-02-2017

Schäuble denies ‘Grexit’ threat, says Greece on right path

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denied yesterday (19 February) that he had said Greece would have to leave the eurozone if it failed to implement economic reforms.

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 …

Future EU 14-02-2017

Visions of unity clash in ‘future of EU’ debate

Lawmakers clashed today (14 February) as they sought to brush out a vision for the 27-country bloc after Brexit, opening a breach between those wanting to maintain a united and integrated club and those who prefer moving towards a two or multi-speed Europe.

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.

Future EU 10-02-2017

Progressives accuse Merkel of pushing a North-South divide

Europe needs a radical change of its austerity-driven policies and not multiple speeds as Germany’s Angela Merkel suggests, high-ranking Social-Democrat, Green and leftist officials told Euractiv.com.

09-02-2017

Trudeau to make one last CETA plea to European Parliament

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak on 16 February before the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge members to ratify a sweeping trade deal between the two sides.

Future EU 09-02-2017

Poland’s Kaczynski warns two-speed Europe leads to ‘breakdown’

The powerful head of Poland's ruling party yesterday (8 February) warned that any moves toward a two-speed European Union would lead to the bloc falling apart.

Elections 08-02-2017

Schulz keeps options open on refugee policy

Martin Schulz will contest this year's federal elections and he believes the refugee crisis needs a European solution. But do Germans think his increase in popularity is only a short-lived phenomenon? Euractiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Merkel given warm Warsaw welcome, cautions Poles on treaty change hopes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed yesterday (7 February) to win promises of closer cooperation from Poland's Eurosceptic leaders, during a visit to Warsaw to discuss reforms essential for the EU to tackle mounting divisions over its future role.

Global Europe 07-02-2017

German regions stop sending rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan

More and more of Germany's regions are halting the deportation of rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan, as the situation in the conflict-torn country worsens. Euractiv Germany reports.

Merkel goes to Warsaw to get support for rocky road ahead

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Warsaw today (7 February) in a bid to reignite Berlin's ties with Poland, which are seen as essential for EU attempts to handle economic and political problems over the coming months.

Trade & Society 06-02-2017

Merkel hopes for ‘fair’ EU-Mercosur trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday (4 February) that she would work toward securing a "fair" free-trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic bloc.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

EU leaders approve plan to curb migration from Libya, Africa

EU leaders rubber stamped a plan to curb migration from Libya at an informal summit in Malta today (3 February), offering Tripoli €200 million to better control its borders.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Erdogan tells Merkel to abandon ‘Islamist terror’ phrase

Ahead of today’s EU summit in Malta (3 February), German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lectured her not to use the expression “Islamist terror."

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Germany to teach Trump’s inner circle how EU works

The inner circle of US President Donald Trump has little knowledge about the European Union and Germany is having to explain how the world's biggest trading bloc does business, the German government's transatlantic coordinator said today (2 February).

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Cartoon: Putin’s election propaganda strategy

After Russia's alleged interference in last year's US election, all eyes are trained on the Kremlin as Europe prepares to go to the polls in 2017. Berco imagines how Vladimir Putin might seek to undermine Europe's leaders...

Global Europe 01-02-2017

German parliament reveals country’s immigration story

Germany faces important elections this year and Chancellor Angela Merkel will have a fight on her hands as her refugee policy continues to divide opinion. But the Bundesrepublik has a rich history of immigration, shown by the current make-up of the German parliament. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Commission: Russian propaganda focused on denigrating Merkel

A European Commission official told an audience in the European Parliament on Tuesday (31 January) that in its effort to destabilise the EU, Russian propaganda is focusing on attacking German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Europe's East 31-01-2017

Military situation in eastern Ukraine worsens

The foreign ministry of Ukraine expressed deep concern Monday night (30 January) over the “intensification of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas”. Other reports, however, speak of a “creeping offensive” of Ukrainian forces in an attempt to create “new facts on the ground”.