Claire Stam

Agrifood 15-07-2019

MEP: Green agriculture movement in Germany is growing fast

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Greens/EFA’s spokesperson in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and member of the Environment Committee Martin Häusling spoke about the potential influence Germany could have on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Future EU 09-07-2019

Greens set conditions to approve nominee von der Leyen

The European Greens have set tough conditions for giving their approval to designated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who started her charm offensive among political parties in Brussels on Monday (7 July), ahead of next week's vote in the European Parliament.

UN Climate Fund to make funding green projects easier

The board of the UN Green Climate Fund is meeting from 6 to 8 July in Songdo, South Korea. The board is set on heralding a "paradigm shift" in climate financing and intends to accelerate the decision-making process to boost the fund's replenishment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 02-07-2019

EU leaders agree on top job picks but trouble already looms

The European Council finally agreed on a pick for the Commission presidency and rallied behind Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (2 July). But it sets up a potentially ugly encounter with the European Parliament, which might not sanction her appointment.
Future EU 02-07-2019

The quiet rise of Ursula von der Leyen

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, a compromise name for the next  European Commission President, is a non-divisive political figure on EU stage and quiet tactician hardly known outside Germany. But her career at home has often been marked by scandals.
Future EU 01-07-2019

The Brief – Real Europe

Remember U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld? In 2003, he created a huge row in Europe by dividing the continent between ‘old’ and ‘new Europe’. Well today we want to twist his words to talk about 'real Europe’.
Climate change 28-06-2019

UN climate talks end amid major questioning of landmark 1.5C IPCC report

Climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany on Thursday (27 June), with oil-dependent Saudi-Arabia insisting on questioning the scientific value of the UN's 1.5 °C IPCC global warming report. No agreement has been reached on the carbon mechanisms enshrined in article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
Climate change 26-06-2019

New Danish government puts climate change centre stage

Only a few days after the European Union failed to agree on 2050 carbon neutral climate target, Denmark’s Social Democrats and their three center-left allies agreed on Wednesday (26 June) on a political program that aims at promoting one of the most ambitious climate policies in the world.
Future EU 25-06-2019

Germany’s CDU fears loss of influence following Weber mess

German tensions over Manfred Weber's candidacy for the European Commission presidency are deeply rooted in Germany's national politics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-06-2019

France and Germany still at odds over EU top jobs

As the 28 EU leaders meet on Thursday (20 June) to appoint the new leaders of the European institutions, it is still uncertain whether they will reach an agreement on the EU's top jobs, with Franco-German tensions simmering in the background. EURACTIV France reports.

EU expert group drives sustainable finance’s mainstreaming two steps ahead

European sustainable finance got an additional boost on Tuesday (18 June), following the release of three reports by the Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance (TEG) focusing on taxonomy, green bonds standards and climate benchmarks.

Europe wants to replenish UN Green Climate Fund

European member states want to commit to increasing international climate financing to a new level. They want to replenish the UN's Green Climate Fund, according to a draft of a European Council statement, which is to be adopted at the EU summit next week. EURACTIV Germany was able to see the declaration in advance.
Digital 31-05-2019

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

Up until recently, freedom of press was considered as a self-evidence in Europe. That is no longer the case, especially in several eastern European countries, where journalists have come under severe political pressure.

In Germany, Greens consolidate rising political trend

The Greens from Bündnis90/Die Grünen are the big winners of the European elections in Germany. They nearly doubled their vote to finish second at 21%, ahead of the Social Democrats. Conservatives from the CDU/CSU also lost percentage points but managed to remain Germany’s strongest political force.
Future EU 23-05-2019

The Brief, powered by WindEurope – Allô Berlin?

Germany celebrates today the 70th birthday of its constitution, a document Germans are rightly proud of, as it sets out the country’s key values with the aim to create a tolerant, European-driven country. In these turbulent times, Germany still represents a solid anchor of stability in Europe. But...
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU elections will put Merkel to the test

There is growing speculation in Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not complete her mandate, which runs until 2021, if the current left-right “grand coalition” does not fare well in the EU election this Sunday. 
Agrifood 30-04-2019

German farmers denounce poor management of nitrate pollution case

The energy transition is bringing major changes to the agricultural sector. EURACTIV Germany spoke to secretary-general of the German Farmers' Association (DBV) Krüsken about Germany’s approach to reducing nitrate levels, droughts, and expanding grids.
Energy 15-04-2019

Claude Turmes: ‘We won the Energy Transition Fund’

The Energy Transition Fund called for by the European Parliament is more than just a pot of money to support coal-dependent regions, says Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s minister for energy and spatial planning.

Gas, a prominent guest at German energy transition event

As Germany is gradually phasing out nuclear and coal energy, Berlin is increasingly considering gas as key in bridging the gap between a fossil-fuels based and a low carbon economy.
Competition 26-03-2019

EU tells China to rebalance relations as it’s no longer a developing nation

The leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission called on Tuesday (26 March) for more reciprocity in trade relations with China, in a sign that the EU no longer considers China a developing country and is increasingly concerned about its growing influence.
Competition 25-03-2019

Commerzbank to quell fears of job losses, trade union to call strike 28 March

The management of Germany's Commerzbank has a clear strategy about the planned merger with Deutsche Bank and is "working hard" in order to reach a decision as quickly as possible, CEO Martin Zielke said in an internal e-mail sent to the bank’s employees and seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 07-03-2019

Think tank calls for new EU administrative bodies to accelerate energy transition

The EU should establish two new administrative bodies to speed up energy transition, one in the Parliament and one in the Commission, influential Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende said on Thursday (7 March) while presenting its ten priority measures for the EU institutions.
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

European Greens set conditions on EPP candidate Manfred Weber

The European Greens launched their electoral campaign on Wednesday (6 March) and set conditions for the European People’s Party (EPP) top candidate Manfred Weber, saying they would not be willing to talk to him "if he prefers leaning to the right". 
Elections 27-02-2019

Europe needs new approach to tackle right-wing climate denial, study finds

Half of all votes against climate and energy decisions in the European Parliament come from right-wing parties and that number is set to grow as they are expected to score high at the next European elections, according to a study presented in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February).

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