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Germany’s ruling parties rank just above far-right on climate protection

The European People’s Party (EPP) has scored very poorly in an analysis of how MEPs voted on climate policies, ranking even lower than the European Parliament's far-right contingent. In Germany, it is a similar story. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Disabled in need of full-time care cleared to take part in EU vote in Germany

For the first time, people who are in need of full-time care due to severe disabilities are allowed to vote - including in EU elections. This was decided by the Federal Constitutional Court, though the coalition of CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats wanted to postpone the decision due to time constraints. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 11-04-2019

Will there be a minimum price on carbon in Germany? And how?

In Germany, calls for introducing a CO2 emission tax are getting louder. Yet, the German government continues to be divided on the matter with the French ‘gilet jaunes’ appearing to be quite the deterrent. What would a socially acceptable price of CO2 look like? EURACTIV Germany reports.

German charities fight to stay ‘politically active’ despite ATTAC ruling

A German court stripped anti-globalisation association ATTAC of its charity status last January. Environmental groups now fear they could be next because they are politically active, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 03-04-2019

Genetic innovation: ‘Nothing that we eat is natural’

The world is in constant need of more food and new genetic engineering methods such as the CRISPR gene editing method offer a solution. However, these remain contested, EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

EU elections: 85,000 Germans will not be able to vote

Hundreds of thousands of people in need of full-time care in 16 member states will be excluded from voting in the European elections in May. In Germany, a dispute on this matter arose some time ago, but it remains unlikely that the electoral laws will change before the elections. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-04-2019

Volt: Parliamentarians need to be directly electable

Founded in 2017 by three politically inexperienced students, the Volt movement has been listed as a party in 14 member states. EURACTIV spoke to its co-founder, Damian Boeslager, about the European army and the principle of unanimity, among other things. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future of mobility 01-04-2019

German transport commission feels the pressure

EU Commission department for mobility and transport (DG MOVE) presented its progress report this week but critics see the proposals as insufficiently ambitious. Hardly surprising when the Working Group responsible was under serious pressure, said an attendant. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-03-2019

Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

With the new CAP, the EU Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way.
Agrifood 25-03-2019

Groundwater: Nitrate pollution will continue to be an issue across generations

For years, the EU Commission has warned Germany about illegally high levels of nitrate in groundwater. The European Court of Justice even ruled on the issue in June. Now, the German government is working on a new Fertiliser Regulation. However, the groundwater is expected to remain contaminated for many more years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

German action plan for insect protection: Farmers want greater say

With insects declining at an alarming rate, the German environment ministry wants an action plan to protect them before the end of the year. But farmers are feeling ignored in the process and are calling for more environmental protection incentives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 27-02-2019

German ‘climate protection law’: Critics call for alternatives to sector objectives

Germany is at odds over the first draft of its national ‘climate protection law.’ Lessons learned from a similar French law show that one thing is important above all: agreeing on measures as quickly as possible. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2019

EU Commission wants to support health systems better through structural funds

Many regions of Europe for poor medical care because there is a lack of doctors, money or infrastrcture. The Commission is now considering how the structural funds can help in a targeted way. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 22-02-2019

German farmers protest against green energy grid expansion

Germany's parliament is looking into a law meant to speed up electric grid expansion and move forward the country's energy transition. But German farmers are not happy and have called for more compensation from the federal government. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-02-2019

Germany needs a quarter of a million migrant workers a year

Germany is dependent on migrant workers but a decreasing number of them will be EU citizens in the future. In the long term, about 146,000 immigrants from outside of the EU will have to be integrated into the German labour market every year, according to a recent study. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

German social democrats’ manifesto: What role for the environment?

The German SPD published its European election manifesto on Monday (18 February), clearly setting out social justice and fair taxation as the main priorities. But what about environmental policy? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2019

Environmental organisations ‘very disappointed’ with new ERDF Regulation

The European regional development fund currently amounts to €200 billion. German environmental organisations have criticised the fact that its new version sets the wrong priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 19-02-2019

Germany urged to stand firm on coal phase-out

Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Laschet intends to close fewer coal-fired power stations than envisaged by the coal commission. Three of its members are exerting pressure on the federal government to push forward closures as quickly as possible. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-02-2019

Lack of infrastructure and small farm support discourages young people in Germany

The lack of proper infrastructure in German rural areas, as well as poor support for new small farms, prevent young people from investing in agriculture and force them to move to cities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

CDU discussion workshop on migration and asylum: ‘What have we learnt?’

For new CDU party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, reforming migration policy represents an opportunity to distance herself from Chancellor Angela Merkel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2019

German 2030 industrial strategy: Altmaier backs ‘European Champions’

German economy minister Peter Altmaier presented his 'industrial strategy 2030' on Tuesday (5 February), talking up the creation of European "champions" just one day before the European Commission decided to reject a proposed merger between rail giants Alstom and Siemens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 31-01-2019

European Parliament votes for much greener cohesion policy

The European Parliament’s committee on regional development has voted on Cohesion policy regulation, and there is the clear intention of making Cohesion much greener from 2020. For the first time, there is also to be a ban on providing support for fossil fuels. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 29-01-2019

German coal phase-out criticised but welcomed on whole

Green activists have criticised the German coal commission's goal of phasing out coal by 2038, saying it is too late. But environmentalists and industry representatives at least agree it could lead the way for other countries. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 28-01-2019

What’s in the German coal commission’s final report?

With negotiations having lasted eight months and the outcome already postponed once, the German Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (the so-called “coal commission”), has presented its final report. What's in it? EURACTIV Germany reports.

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