EU news and policy debates across languages


France demands end to TTIP talks

People: Sigmar Gabriel

Trade & Society 20-10-2016

European socialists want better Cuba relations, US remains problematic

The head of the S&D group has called on the EU to quickly implement its agreement with Cuba and has ramped up the pressure on the US to lift its sanctions against the Caribbean nation. EurActiv Germany reports.
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.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Bulgaria and Romania maintain reservations on CETA

Bulgaria and Romania have asked for written assurances by Ottawa yesterday (18 October) before removing their veto on the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
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.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Giegold MEP: Constitutional court CETA decision 'balanced' but concerns remain

Germany’s ruling parties champion the cause of proper subsidiarity when it suits them, but conveniently forget it when it comes to free trade, said Sven Giegold MEP, in an interview with EurActiv Germany about CETA.
Trade & Society 13-10-2016

Germany free to sign CETA after top court rejects case

Germany's Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal brought against the EU's free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The door is now open for Berlin to sign the agreement. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

German-led 'Scramble for Iran' underway, slowed by fearful banks

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has embarked on a visit to Iran in order to promote German businesses and start working towards an opening up of the country. But many experts still doubt whether his "change through trade" mantra will bear fruit. EurActiv Germany reports.

German vice-chancellor backs down on Syria peace rally plan

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has backed down on his plans to call for peace demonstrations in front of the Russian and American embassies in Berlin. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 23-09-2016

Brussels or Berlin? Schulz tight-lipped on possible tilt at chancellor

At an event in Berlin ahead of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Parliament President Martin Schulz was careful not to reveal too much about his future career plans. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Austria, France propose restarting TTIP under new name

Austria and France will today (23 September) propose ending the current round of trade talks between the United States and the European Union, and starting fresh talks under a new name, Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said.
Trade & Society 21-09-2016

German economy minister to discuss EU sanctions with Putin

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, heading to Moscow for talks about trade with President Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday (21 September) that he favoured a lifting of EU sanctions on Russia but that would require making progress on peace in Ukraine.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Germany's Gabriel gets SPD green light to support CETA

Germany appeared set yesterday (19 September) to back an ambitious trade accord between the European Union and Canada after the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in the ruling coalition, overcame left-wing resistance to the deal within his party.

The Brief: 'Flexible solidarity' is Europe à la carte

Crack open the champagne. Not to celebrate the first ever edition of The Brief. Instead, salute the birth of ‘flexible solidarity’ – the latest, ghastliest example of EU indecision and doublespeak.
Europe's East 16-09-2016

German Economy Minister Gabriel to visit Russia next week for trade talks

German Vice-Chancellor and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel will visit Russia next week to hold talks with Russian government officials about the state of bilateral trade relations, his ministry said in a statement on Friday (16 September).
Elections 09-09-2016

Schulz: Will he stay or will he go?

Martin Schulz is supposed to give up the European Parliament presidency in January, under an agreement brokered between the two biggest political groups. But a change of plans is afoot. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 09-09-2016

Merkel: 'Let's keep negotiating TTIP'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union should keep negotiating with the United States on the new free trade deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Trade & Society 08-09-2016

Sarkozy wants to restart TTIP negotiations in 2017

The French right has called for the TTIP negotiations to be restarted after the 2017 elections in Germany, the United States and France. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
Trade & Society 05-09-2016

Belgium says TTIP talks seem unbalanced, may need pause

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel over the weekend became the latest European politician to voice doubts over the possibility of the EU agreeing a major new trade deal with the United States, saying in a newspaper interview that negotiations might have to be abandoned for now.
Europe's East 02-09-2016

Berlin denies backtracking on Armenian Genocide resolution

The German government is seeking to distance itself from a recent resolution that saw the Armenian massacre recognised as genocide, according to media reports. Berlin hopes Turkey will overturn its ban on MPs visiting troops stationed in the country as a result. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 02-09-2016

Germany and France divided over TTIP

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday (1 September) demanded a "clear halt" to negotiations towards an ambitious US-EU trade agreement as Germany's leader stressed her continued support for the contentious pact.
Trade & Society 31-08-2016

German leaders told to put brakes on CETA as well

Dismantling democracy, millions spent in lawsuits and jobs in peril. A study into the effects of the planned CETA and TTIP agreements on the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia has revealed a grim picture. Bleaker still is the conclusion that the results can be applied to all of Germany. EurActiv Germany reports.

Francois Hollande buries hope of concluding TTIP this year

While the European Commission, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel all insist the transatlantic trade negotiations can be concluded by the end of the year, François Hollande has said he is ready to throw in the towel. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 30-08-2016

France demands end to TTIP talks

France plans to call for an end to the transatlantic free trade talks in September, so the negotiations can be restarted "on a good basis", Matthias Fekl announced. EurActiv France reports.