Claire Stam

The Brief – De l’esprit des lois

At the very heart of the European Union, another suffocating and potentially deadly virus has emerged in full light. It threatens the separation of powers as we’ve known it since Montesquieu’s De l’esprit des lois. Unless the European Union, its...

Migration and the coronavirus pandemic: Crash tests for Schengen

The refugee crisis in 2015 and the current coronavirus pandemic will put the Schengen area to the hardest test since its creation 25 years ago, says Christian Moos, Secretary General of the non-partisan Europa-Union Germany, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Coronavirus 22-03-2020

Merkel goes into quarantine as Germany tightens measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into self-quarantine on Sunday evening (22 March) after being in contact with a doctor who had tested positive for coronavirus, her spokesperson announced shortly after she held a press conference to present the new measures to fight the spread of the epidemic in Germany.
Politics 19-03-2020

Merkel urges Germans to stay home, no restrictive measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used all her political weight in a  televised address on Wednesday to call on Germans to respect the containment rules imposed because of the coronavirus, urging them to show solidarity and help counter "the biggest challenge since World War Two".
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

The Brief, powered by ESA – Substantial marrow

In the Franco-German journalistic bubble, one never tires of highlighting the differences in leadership between Paris and Berlin. The COVID-19 crisis management is one of the best examples but things are about to change in a few hours.
Coronavirus 12-03-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – Common good

The swiftly-spreading Coronavirus forces all of us to take a reality-check and face the ugly truth. It also forces us to adapt and change our behaviour for the common good. Because this is what it is all about. This is what is at stake.
Politics 05-03-2020

The Brief, powered by EVA – Bringing back some rationality

More and more desperate people are fleeing from Idlib, Syria, and waiting at the Greek-Turkish border in the hope of getting into the EU. During the 2015 refugee crisis, it was possible to enter Germany - this time around, it's different. What has happened in the past five years?
Climate change 04-03-2020

The Brief, powered by EVA – Where is the ‘Klimakanzlerin’ when you need her?

This week is the super climate week in Brussels: Greta Thunberg is in town, the Commission has just presented its long-awaited and much-commented climate law, the Environment Council is meeting tomorrow.
Politics 26-02-2020

The Brief – It takes only one question

Today is political Ash Wednesday in Germany, a 100-year-old tradition that sees the country’s democratic parties‘ leaders pushing their rhetoric to the limits of fairness. The only thing is, it already took place in Berlin yesterday and prompted quite an outrage in political Germany.
Elections 24-02-2020

Crisis-ridden SPD wins state parliamentary elections in Hamburg

Voters in Hamburg gave the SPD one of their best election results in recent years in a regional election on Sunday (23 February). With 38,9% of the vote, Peter Tschentscher (SPD) will continue as the city’s mayor, while the Greens doubled their share of the vote to reach 24,4%. Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, however, performed poorly.
Elections 20-02-2020

Hamburg elections, pose (another) crash test for Germany’s mainstream parties

Voters in the city state of Hamburg will elect their new parliament on 23 February, the first elections to take place after the Thuringian political turmoil broke out earlier this month. This is yet another test for Germany’s traditional parties that could seal the end of the country's traditional political landscape.   
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2020

The Brief – It’s the (green) economy, stupid!

The issue of who will be the CDU’s next leader is not the only fertile ground for political discussion in Germany these days. The future Tesla construction site on the outskirts of Berlin has prompted a debate of equal intensity.
Future EU 13-02-2020

The Brief – It’s sardine o’clock

That German citizens are taking to the streets - peacefully but firmly - means a great deal to a country that has turned the search for compromise into a real political art.
Politics 11-02-2020

CDU crisis puts question mark on German EU Presidency

As the new European Commission finally begins its work, it is Berlin's turn to come to a political standstill. It's a problem for Germany but also for the European Union.
Agrifood 04-02-2020

Malaysia relies on sustainable palm oil to keep entry into European market

Malaysia is to send a delegation to Europe by the end of February to present its newly adopted measures to make palm oil production sustainable, in a move that aims to circumvent a potential European Union ban on palm oil by 2030.
Energy 17-01-2020

Germany’s new coal phase-out plan: Lots of money, little climate ambition

An agreement reached in the early hours of Thursday (16 January) between the federal government and representatives of the four German coal states won't bring the country much closer to reaching its climate goals, analysts said.
Climate change 16-12-2019

COP25: ‘The European Green Deal gave an important signal. We need more of this’

The longest in the history of UN climate negotiations, the COP25 ended on Sunday (15 September) with almost no significant decisions being made. Julia Panzer gives her take about the business implications of the Madrid climate talks.
Climate change 12-12-2019

COP25: Europe must decide faster, climate doesn’t wait, says Danish Energy Minister

As member states are pressed to agree on Europe’s 2050 carbon neutrality target, Denmark is the star of the show at COP25 after the country’s Parliament adopted a legally binding emissions reduction target of 70% by 2030. Danish energy minister Dan Jørgensen explained to EURACTIV what’s behind the country’s new climate act.
Climate change 12-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid (part 3)

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: Badges taken away, German satisfaction, French absence, and fighting in Tokyo.
Climate change 11-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid (part 2)

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: ambition, carbon pricing, dunce cap, and getting mad for climate.
Climate change 10-12-2019

COP25: Connecting the dots on climate finance

As negotiators in Madrid are trying to break the impasse on global climate finance governance, tectonic shifts in the real economy are signaling changing tides for the oil & gas industry. Far from being separate adjustments, these changes are part of a one, large movement where Europe is at the fore-front. MEP Bas Eickhout explained to EURACTIV why.
Climate change 10-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: train ride, ray of the day, reality check-point, and climate finance big time.
Energy 10-12-2019

Skilled workers shortage could stall Germany’s progress on climate targets

In 2005, unemployment in Germany reached 11.7%. At the end of 2019, the figure more than halved to 5%. This means it is increasingly difficult for companies operating in Germany to find skilled workers and fill vacancies.  And it has an impact on sales revenues, as well as Germany’s and Europe’s ability to achieve carbon neutrality goals.

COP25: cities are no longer waiting around for nations, Milan’s mayor says

Because there is still a small number of nations blocking progress in implementing the Paris Agreement, and cities already feel their impact of climate change, they are ready to take the lead in fighting global warming, Milan's mayor and C40 network Vice-Chairman Giuseppe Sala told EURACTIV in an interview. 

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