Christina Goßner

EU-China 29-05-2020

China: One of Germany’s EU presidency priorities

EU-China relations will be one of Germany's EU presidency priorities in foreign policy matters, with an overall objective of "strengthening Europe as an anchor of stability in the world," said Chancellor Angela Merkel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 28-05-2020

All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 26-05-2020

Volt MEP: Abolishing unanimity is key to making the EU more effective

The coronavirus crisis has once again shown that reforms of "the basic structure" of the EU are necessary, including abolishing unanimity in the European Council, to strengthen the EU's ability to act, German MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt) told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Transport 25-05-2020

Germany’s top court says VW must pay damages to customers

Germany's highest court ruled on Monday (25 May) that Volkswagen must pay damages to plaintiffs in the diesel emissions scandal, who can now demand a refund of the purchase price. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 25-05-2020

Future of Europe Conference: Part of Germany’s EU Presidency agenda?

This year's Europe Day should have been the starting point for the conference on the Future of Europe, but the coronavirus pandemic has put the project on the backburner. Could Germany's EU Presidency give new impetus to the initiative? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 25-05-2020

First Dieselgate ruling by Germany’s top court set to flag legal clarity

Germany's Federal High Court (BGH) will announce later on Monday (25 May) its first ruling in the Dieselgate emissions scandal, which is set to guide other courts and have a major impact on the entire auto industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-05-2020

Merkel and Macron roll out €500 billion COVID-19 recovery initiative

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron announced their joint proposal for a €500 billion European recovery programme following a virtual conference on Monday (18 May). The initiative seeks to bring Europe out of the crisis “united and in solidarity,” and prepare the EU for future challenges. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 18-05-2020

AfD expels Brandenburg leader for concealing ties to nationalist group

The leadership of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party on Friday (15 May), expelled Brandenburg's AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz after Kalbitz was classified as a right-wing extremist by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in early March. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 14-05-2020

Anti-lockdown protests in Germany infiltrated by far-right extremists

Many people are looking for explanations since lockdown measures were introduced to contain the coronavirus outbreak. In Germany, right-wing extremists are trying to take advantage of this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 11-05-2020

How immigration strengthens the German healthcare system

In Germany, there has been a shortage of doctors for years. The coronavirus crisis shows how the country has profited from immigration in recent years. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

Is the COVID-19 crisis an opportunity for fairer global trade?

Global value chains are particularly impacted by the pandemic. Could a European supply chain law be an answer to the current challenges?
Transport 29-04-2020

VW set for Dieselgate legal showdown

Germany's main court for civil and criminal matters will hear a diesel emissions scandal case for the first time next week. The ruling is expected the same day and it could impact proceedings across Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU asylum policy: In search of solidarity in times of coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, health and financial policies, in particular, have increasingly become the focus of the EU's solidarity debate. But what about EU asylum and refugee policy? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 23-04-2020

How Germany’s ‘black sheep’ became a model for its COVID-19 response

In the first week of March, the small district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia quickly became the German epicentre of COVID-19. However, the number of people currently infected has been steadily decreasing since the end of March. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 21-04-2020

COVID-19 crisis boosts support for Laschet/Spahn in CDU leadership race

A special CDU party conference was originally scheduled for this week, but the election of the new chair of the biggest German conservative party has been postponed indefinitely. According to current polls, Armin Laschet can especially profit from the current crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 16-04-2020

Germany extends COVID-19 restrictions, but announces relaxation of some measures

People in Germany will have to live with the strict contact restrictions until at least 3 May. This was agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the 16 state premiers in Berlin on Wednesday (15 April). However, the German government also announced its initial plans to ease the restrictions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 07-04-2020

COVID could turn Moria camp into ‘ticking time bomb’, aid organisations warn

The Greek authorities have largely sealed off Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos to prevent a coronavirus outbreak as massive restrictions apply to its approximately 18,000 inhabitants. Aid organisations are raising the alarm about the conditions in the camp. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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