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09/12/2016

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

People: Sigmar Gabriel


Elections 25-11-2016

Schulz, the feared former football defender, now goes on the attack

Martin Schulz, a one-time football player feared for his defensive tackles, made up his mind in the last week of November to leave the European Parliament’s helm, considering it the right time to fight for the leadership of his party, and Germany.
Elections 24-11-2016

Schulz to give up European Parliament for German politics

Martin Schulz will announce this morning (24 November) that he is giving up his bid to serve another term as European Parliament president and will instead campaign for a seat in the German Bundestag in next year's elections.
Elections 21-11-2016

Merkel to seek fourth term to defend threatened 'values'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last night (20 November) she would seek a fourth term in a general election next year to defend democratic principles in the face of looming threats at home and abroad.
15-11-2016

The Brief: Martin Schulz is in the running for three jobs

Pressure is mounting on Martin Schulz. He wants to stay on for a third term as president of the European Parliament. But can he?

Germany heads to COP22 without a plan

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks will have to travel to Marrakesh without a climate plan to present to the COP22 summit, after Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel blocked it last night (8 November). EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Energy 04-11-2016

The (German) politics behind Nord Stream 2

An unlikely coalition is emerging in Germany between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens. More and more, both parties want to stop the construction of a second pipeline that will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, explains Judy Dempsey.

Trade & Society 31-10-2016

US doubtful that CETA momentum will speed up TTIP talks

With CETA finally taken care of, there is renewed confidence in Germany that the EU's TTIP talks will be reinvigorated. Across the Atlantic though, doubts remain. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Energy 31-10-2016

Why Europe’s climate action has been put on hold

Angela Merkel’s absence from the COP 22 is symbolic of a European climate and energy policy beset by indecision and infighting. EurActiv France reports.
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.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU may be going to the dogs, Steinmeier warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday (23 October) that the European Union faced an existential risks.
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.
27-09-2016

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.
19-09-2016

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).