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MEP on EU-Turkey deal: Processing of asylum applications is being delayed

More than a year since the EU-Turkey Agreement, a European immigration law is still distant but badly needed. The European distribution mechanism does not work due to the lack of receptiveness of many EU member states, MEP Barbara Lochbihler told EURACTIV Germany.
Agrifood 07-06-2017

German MEP: Deadlock on organic farming reform ‘odd’

Sales of organic produce are on the up in Europe. In 2015 alone, they rose by 13%, so it is no surprise the industry is struggling to approve proposed reforms to the EU’s eco-regulation. The sector claims there is little improvement on the table. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 09-05-2017

ONE Africa director: African infrastructure needs G20 investment

Africa needs investment from the G20 in its infrastructure if European efforts to increase trade are to have any positive effect. The continent also needs to set up its own internal markets. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electricity 16-03-2017

German solar power association: Europe far from being energy pioneer

Solar energy will be critical to German and European efforts to decarbonise their economies. EURACTIV Germany reports on what contribution local schemes can make to European energy policy.

Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German trade union chief: ‘Integration law works with restrictions and that is populism’

One-euro-jobs, mandatory language courses and strict residence requirements: Germany's new integration act is already polarising opinion. EURACTIV Germany spoke with trade union chief Reiner Hoffmann about whether the new law will solve the problems of the refugee crisis.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Chinese ambassador: ‘We already have a market economy status’

EXCLUSIVE / Shi Mingde, China's ambassador to Germany, spoke to EURACTIV Germany about trade relations with the EU, Market Economy Status and the planned economic development of his country.
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Caspary: TTIP could provide ‘more productive market access’ to LDCs

When it comes to TTIP, safeguarding standards and pushing European or American interests are top of both camps’ agendas. But how would an eventual agreement affect developing countries and their access to the global market? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 12-04-2016

How do we measure the successes of development cooperation?

The actual impact of development cooperation is coming under increasing scrutiny. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Sarah Holzapfel of the German Development Institute (DIE) about her latest report, "Boosting or hindering aid effectiveness? An assessment of systems for measuring donor agency results"..
Development Policy 04-04-2016

Aid agency denounces ‘politicisation’ of humanitarian assistance

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi invited representatives from 92 countries to a special summit in Geneva to address the ongoing crisis. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Oxfam’s Robert Lindner, who presented an update on the current situation at the event.
Agrifood 17-03-2016

Agricultural crisis: ‘Global markets are not the future’

Earlier this week, EU agricultural ministers discussed potential measures against price drops. However, there are many who think that these plans do not go far enough. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EURACTIV Germany reports.