Albrecht Meier

Future EU 13-12-2017

Macron’s new leadership role in Europe

Seven months after his election, Emmanuel Macron has established himself as a force on the world stage. While some see in him the new "leader of Europe", the Franco-German tandem remains remains crucial to implement his ideas. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

Politics 29-11-2017

European military cooperation: How to defend Europe?

23 European member states agreed to work closer together in military terms. But the cooperation of defence contractors could cause some problems – especially between Berlin and Paris. EURACTIV Germany's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Central Europe 23-10-2017

Babiš searches for international allies in anti-immigration course

The electoral victory of Czech politician Andrej Babiš, who based his campaign on opposition to refugee migration, is causing concern. While critics condemn his stance, he searches for allies in Eastern Europe and beyond. EURACTIV's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

Elections 20-09-2017

Merkel’s EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.

Economy & Jobs 19-09-2017

Post-election Germany: An iron chancellor with a liberal sidekick?

If the liberal FDP enters a coalition with the conservative CDU in Berlin, Merkel and Schäuble will have to adapt their plans for the future of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 02-08-2017

Will Germany be drawn into a trade war?

Washington’s decision to impose more sanctions on Moscow has been criticised by EU member states, particularly Germany. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 24-07-2017

Weber: Turkish EU membership ‘makes no sense’

European Peoples’ Party group leader Manfred Weber told EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel that hard-hitting action must be taken against the Turkish government, while reiterating his call for EU membership talks to be scrapped.

Economic governance 08-03-2017

Berlin continues quest for ‘European Monetary Fund’

The German government still wants to set up a European monetary fund but the European Commission does not want to surrender any responsibility for assessing eurozone finances. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Enlargement 02-03-2017

EU refugee deal limits German response to journalist arrest

Angela Merkel has called the arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel "disappointing" but will still proceed cautiously in order to not jeopardise the EU-Turkey refugee deal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Elections 30-01-2017

Embattled Fillon tells rivals to ‘leave my wife alone’

François Fillon’s involvement in an employment scandal has his supporters on edge as the looming threat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, and the presidential election itself, draw closer. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel.

Elections 26-01-2017

Martin Schulz’s rapid rise from Brussels man to chancellor candidate

Martin Schulz is known in Germany mainly as a European politician and an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But later this year they will face off in the country's leadership race. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Luxembourg foreign minister tells EU to take refugee obligations seriously

The European Union cannot ignore the images of freezing refugees and must implement its redistribution programme, according to Luxembourg's foreign minister. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Transport 05-01-2017

Belgium prepares to present passenger data plans to rest of EU

In response to a number of terror attacks, Belgium wants greater control over who travels on its trains, buses and boats and will present its plans at the next meeting of EU interior ministers at the end of January. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Lagarde appears in court to answer negligence charges

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be appearing in court today (12 December) accused of negligence in a case related to compensation paid out when she was French finance minister. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Enlargement 06-12-2016

Turkey’s EU membership bid set to enter ice age

The EU's accession talks with Turkey are, in practice, not going anywhere. Now, the Netherlands wants clarity on how the negotiations will progress in the future, if at all. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 26-10-2016

Commission recommends extension of Schengen border controls

The European Commission has given Germany what it wants and recommended that border controls within the Schengen area be extended. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Udo Bullmann: It is ‘correct’ to give regions say on CETA deal

SPD MEP Udo Bullmann does not think it is a mistake to make agreements like the teetering CETA deal dependent on the approval of regions like Wallonia. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU divided over Russia in Syria and more sanctions

Russia's role in Syria has led to calls for more sanctions against Moscow, but the deadline for deciding whether to renew the current raft of punitive measures is fast approaching. There are powerful figures on both side of the argument. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Berlin reluctant to top up Juncker’s piggy bank

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants the amount of funding made available by the EU’s investment plan, aka the Juncker Plan, to be doubled. But he faces strong opposition from Germany. EURACTIV’s partner Der Taggespiegel reports.

Global Europe 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.

Global Europe 07-09-2016

Greece balks at ‘unacceptable’ German plans to send back refugees

Germany's interior minister wants to start sending refugees back to Greece next year, but Athens has already given the plan short shrift. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Enlargement 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: ‘Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered’

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.

Elections 24-05-2016

Austrian right’s strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere

Nearly half of Austrian voters ended up voting for far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, showing that European right-wing populism's time in the sun is far from over.  EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.