Dario Sarmadi

EU Priorities 2020 29-01-2016

Not so bad: 5 laws the EU nailed down in 2015

Brussels is frequently criticised for wasting time and resources, from banana bends to dim energy-saving lightbulbs. But, this past year, the EU adopted some legislation that benefitted German citizens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Mariano Rajoy

Spain and Hungary tumble in TI’s annual corruption report

Spain and Hungary are both plagued by nepotism and a lack of transparency, whilst one ray of hope is the EU's problem child, Greece, according to a new report by Transparency International. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Central Europe 25-01-2016

Mini-Schengen not an option, for now

A majority of EU countries seem to be hostile to the idea of a "mini-Schengen", capable of better controlling its common borders, which was floated by the Netherlands at the end of last year.
Development Policy 20-01-2016

Development experts rile against threats to cut aid

Development experts and opposition politicians have criticised German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's threat to cut aid to North African states if they are not more cooperative in tackling the refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel’s ‘open door policy’ under serious threat

As Germany continues to grapple wth the refugee crisis, Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has urged countries of origin to take back rejected asylum seekers, or have their development aid cut. Other senior figures have called for a limit on numbers to be introduced. EURACTIV Germany reports. 

Berlin warns of Paris-style attacks in Germany

According to German media, the goverment has warned that attacks such as those carried out in Paris could happen in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.

No evidence that Germans were singled out in Istanbul bombing

Berlin has found no evidence to suggest that the Istanbul bombing targeted Germans. Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière will visit the site today (13 January) to see the situation first-hand. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Central Europe 13-01-2016

Cologne assaults reverberate across Europe

The attacks carried out against women, in Cologne on New Year's Eve, are still reverberating across Europe, auguring for more resentment against immigrants, and eroding the remnants of multicultural attitudes. The EURACTIV network reports.

German lawmakers rush to respond to Cologne attacks

After the attacks carried out on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, the German government wants to act quickly and tighten the asylum law. Meanwhile, verbal and physical violence against migrants has escalated. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-01-2016

TTIP: The downfall of EU agriculture?

EXCLUSIVE / A new study has concluded that TTIP threatens to completely change the way small and medium sized farms operate, through the use of more genetic engineering and more hormone-treated meat. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria calls for less money for uncooperative member states

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has called upon the EU to allocate the Central and Eastern member states with less money next year should they continue to block the relocation of refugees. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 09-12-2015

EU aims to crack down on unsustainable palm oil and illegal logging

In the next five years, the major European players, including Germany, want palm oil production to become 100% sustainable and to see an end to illegal logging. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel urges Afghans to stay at home

For the first time, the German Chancellor has urged Afghan migrants not to seek refuge in the Bundesrepublik. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Climate change: German and South African cities to tackle threat together

SPECIAL REPORT / In the fight against climate change, local communities are of crucial importance. The cities of Bremen and Durban have teamed up to share expertise and technical know-how in a project that is beneficial for all involved. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 25-11-2015

Peruvian farmer takes on German energy giant

A farmer from the Peruvian Andes is taking German energy provider RWE to task for its contribution to the melting of a glacier that has endangered his hometown. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 20-11-2015

German 2020 climate targets in danger

The 40% target of German climate policy teeters on the edge. A new report has concluded that if the government continues on its current course, the goal will not be reached. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Paris attacks give EU leaders excuse to get tough on refugees

Reports of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night's attacks may change attitudes towards migrants across Europe. The EURACTIV network reports.
Development Policy 13-11-2015

NGOs call upon Germany to create national development agenda

Aid agencies have called for German development policy to be restructured, so that there could be a better chance of solving the current refugee crisis and reaching the targets laid down by 'Agenda 2030'. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Schäuble: refugees like ‘avalanche’ triggered by ‘careless skier’

Germany's finance minister has warned that the influx of refugees could have a dramatic and unpredictable effect on the country. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 05-11-2015

NGOs call on German banks to stop funding coal

Environmentalists are demanding that German banks end their “irresponsible” financing of the coal industry abroad. EURACTIV Germany reports.

German Minister of Justice compared to Goebbels by PEGIDA leader

Lutz Bachmann, head of the German anti-Islamic movement PEGIDA, has compared Heiko Maas to the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 29-10-2015

WHO: More work needed to eradicate tuberculosis

A new study by the WHO has shown that the number of tuberculosis cases per year has nearly halved, but that there is still a lot of work to be done. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 20-10-2015

Far-right parties always gain support after financial crises, report finds

Extreme and populist right-wing parties have always been the biggest political beneficiaries of financial crises, according to a new study. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 15-10-2015

‘Bargain bin’ milk could hurt developing economies

A proposed boost to German dairy-exports has been criticised for the potential economic damage it could do to developing countries, EURACTIV Germany reports.