Climate change 13-05-2013

Impact of Brexit on clean energy investment downplayed

The upcoming EU referendum will have less of an impact on UK clean energy investment than feared and domestic environmental policy will not suffer either, the chairman of a top consultancy firm has claimed. EURACTIV’s partner reports.
Development Policy 09-10-2013

German NGO calls for streamlined aid efforts

NGOs have called on the German development ministry to be strengthened and equipped with overarching, cross-cabinet powers so that all government services can promote human rights in development aid efforts. reports.
Ewald König, editor-in-chief & publisher EURACTIV Germany
Languages & Culture 17-01-2014

Prizes for Barroso and Van Rompuy – what for?

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso received the Carlos V Europe Prize in Spain last week, while European Council President Herman Van Rompuy received the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, Germany. Organisations should temporarily suspend prize-giving, argues Ewald König, saying it is high time to expose celebrity award inflation.
Development Policy 20-01-2014

German NGOs assess role in post-NATO Afghanistan

EU foreign affairs ministers on Monday (20 January) will review the situation in Afghanistan ahead of elections in April and the impending withdrawal of NATO armed forces. German NGOs hope the pull-out will reduce Taliban attacks on aid workers by ending the confusion between aid and military operations, reports.
Development Policy 21-01-2014

EU Commissioner pledges to align development, farm policies with Africa

EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? called for an elimination of agricultural export refunds in trade with African countries at the International Green Week in Berlin last Thursday (16 January). His announcement received mixed reactions in Germany, with political parties hopeful and NGOs advocating unconditional removal of such subsidies, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 22-01-2014

Germany’s FDP launches pragmatic Europe campaign

After being ousted from the parliament at the general elections last year, Germany's liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) has selected Alexander Graf Lambsdorff as its top candidate for the European elections, adopting a sober and Europe-friendly position, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Priorities 2020 22-01-2014

German Bundestag scrutinises 2014 Commission work programme

The German Bundestag has held its first debate on the European Commission's work programme since the document was tabled in October 2013, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Languages & Culture 23-01-2014

2014 will test Franco-German alliance, analysts predict

Three prominent political analysts spoke with on the 51th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, evaluating the Franco-German partnership in 2014 and challenges for the years ahead.
Trade & Society 27-01-2014

Germany to cut energy rebates for industry, renewable subsidies

The German government last week agreed on far-reaching cuts to industry energy rebates and wind power generation. The plan, details of which must still be negotiated, reforms the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and was introduced by Sigmar Gabriel, the economic minister who is also in charge of energy, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 27-01-2014

Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD launches EU elections campaign

Germany's new Eurosceptic party launched its campaign for the European Parliament elections on Saturday (25 January) with an attack on EU federalism and a defence of national sovereignty, in an attempt to mend divisive infighting, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 28-01-2014

Ashton, Balkan officials nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Just after Serbia's EU accession talks began on 21 January, Europe's Socialists and Democrats nominated Catherine Ashton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Da?i? and Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for the Nobel Peace Prize. The latter two are likely to raise eyebrows, due to their reputations in the Balkan region, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 28-01-2014

CSU wants more ‘Bavaria in Europe’, sets EU campaign rolling

MEP Markus Ferber will be the top candidate from Germany's conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in the upcoming European elections. Ahead of a similar announcement expected in February by its larger sister party, the Christian Democrats, CSU leaders rallied around a call for "more Bavaria in Europe", EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 29-01-2014

German ministries spearhead new strategy for Africa

As Germany's defence and development ministers mull new strategies for Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken out against further military involvement, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 30-01-2014

German MP proposes new forum for interparliamentary collaboration

Interparliamentary fora such as the European Parliamentary Week lack public attention as they are perceived as boring and hardly productive. But for German MP Axel Schäfer a revolutionary platform for collaboration between national parliaments and the EU is just the remedy for rising political apathy and dealing with Europe's democratic deficit, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 30-01-2014

Merkel: Calling off EU-US trade talks ‘not very helpful’

Speaking to the German Bundestag on Wednesday (29 January), Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the NSA spying scandal but she was quick to warn against hasty reactions like abandoning the planned EU-US trade and investment partnership. The opposition accused her being submissive, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 30-01-2014

Social Democrat MP: Parliaments need closer and more efficient cooperation

Axel Schäfer, deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party's faction in the German Bundestag, sees room for improvement in cooperation among national parliaments and the European Parliament. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Germany, he outlined a plan for a new parliamentary forum that would attract public attention and be more effective at reaching legislative targets. 
Europe's East 31-01-2014

Berlin urged to step in over EU’s relations with Ukraine, Russia

Berlin must take on an active, coordinative role between Brussels and Moscow, said an official from Germany's Eastern European economic relations committee, adding that an EU-Russia summit, like the one that happened on Tuesday (28 January), is definitely not constructive, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2014 03-02-2014

Merkel makes U-turn, backs Juncker for Commission job

In a surprise U-turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly indicated she supports Luxembourg's former prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, as lead candidate for the European People's Party (EPP), EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 05-02-2014

German authorities sued over illegal spying allegations

Civil rights groups filed criminal complaints in several EU member states on Monday (2 February), accusing government officials and secret service leaders of taking part in or aiding illegal intelligence activities, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 07-02-2014

German energy prices 50% higher than EU average: McKinsey

One of the biggest challenges to the new German government will be to put the energy transition back on track, according to a recent study. Negative trends persist as Germany's domestic energy prices rose to 48% above the European average, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 10-02-2014

German academic: US, Europe unlikely to agree on data protection in near future

Surveillance activities are part of the overall US security strategy and spying on Europeans is done to safeguard and protect its allies from possible threats, argues Annegret Bendiek, but views in Paris, Berlin or Brussels are not quite the same.
EU Elections 2014 10-02-2014

CDU official: Our election agenda comes in reaction to the eurocrisis, not the AfD

Michael Stübgen, the European affairs spokesman for Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), downplayed expectations that Germany will shift right in the European elections, but did agree that populist currents would be more strongly represented in the next European Parliament. He spoke to EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Euro & Finance 11-02-2014

Top German court refers ECB bond-buying case to EU judges

German judges have asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule whether the European Central Bank's (ECB) bond-buying programme has violated EU law by promising unlimited buying of sovereign debt for eurozone countries on the brink of bankruptcy, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Trade & Society 12-02-2014

Chief EU negotiator defends US trade pact in Berlin

In a visit to Berlin this week, the EU's chief negotiator for the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) emphasised the benefits Germany can expect from the agreement and tried to reassure lawmakers that EU standards would not be lowered, EURACTIV Germany reports.

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