Florence Schulz

Politics 12-11-2018

Seehofer to step down as CSU chair

Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, wants to imitate Angela Merkel and give up his position as party chair. It remains unclear whether he will be able to keep his ministerial post in the long term. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 31-10-2018

From field to city: Are direct deliveries a viable business model for farmers?

Most farmers sell their products to large food companies and therefore lose large proportions of their income to long supply chains. But individual farmers manage to sell directly to customers. Is this a viable model? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economic governance 24-10-2018

German economy booms but Brexit and US clouds are on the horizon

The German economic powerhouse is booming. But its export-centric model is drawing complaints from other eurozone countries and the United States.
EU Elections 2019 19-10-2018

German FDP Spitzenkandidat Beer: We need a two-speed, project-related Europe

German parties are beginning to internally plan their lists of candidates for the European elections in May 2019. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Nicola Beer, the Spitzenkandidat for the Free Democratic Party (FDP), explains the vision she would like to enter the European Parliament with.
EU Elections 2019 05-10-2018

European elections: German government wants threshold for fringe parties

Before the European elections next May, Germany's grand coalition wants to introduce a 2% threshold to prevent small political parties from entering the European Parliament. The German Federal Constitutional Court has, however, repeatedly ruled out such a possibility. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 02-10-2018

Macron’s ‘En Marche’ kicks off election campaign in Germany

After last week's European election campaign kickoff in France, Macron's "En Marche" aims to drum its electorate against populism in Germany, too. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Struggles at home hamper Germany’s role in the EU

The power struggles in Germany's grand coalition, such as the Maaßen case, are eyed with growing concern from abroad. What does the EU think about the state of the Bundesregierung? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 17-09-2018

Aufstehen: ‘We don’t want a German Europe, we want a European Germany’

Two weeks passed since the German leftist movement “Aufstehen” was officially formed – and according to their own account, it already has more than 140,000 supporters. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Fabio De Masi, deputy chairman of Die Linke in the German Bundestag about the European ambitions of the movement.

Germany presents new Immigration Act draft

Germany's interior ministry has presented its key points for the new immigration law. But the first reactions were rather mixed, although the law has long been desired. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 27-07-2018

Human rights in Thailand: No improvement, no trade deal

For years a trade agreement with Thailand has been hanging in the air, but has been held back by inhumane conditions in the fishing industry. Now, the EU wants to reopen the dialogue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-07-2018

Germany expects 20% less from EU structural funds after 2020

In the next EU budget period, Germany is set to receive around 20% less funding from the EU’s structural funds. Instead, more regions will be entitled to funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2018

“Time is Brain”: How ERDF funds save lives in Berlin

The most comprehensive EU regional development instrument is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). But in most cases, its work remains largely unknown to the public. An example from Berlin shows how it literally saves lives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Social Germany? Still a long way to equal opportunities

As EU Social Affairs ministers are currently discussing social rights in the labour market, it is striking that, especially in the welfare state of Germany, one's career still depends heavily on where one comes from. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 20-06-2018

Energy expert: On climate protection, Germany has become a brakesman  

While some countries like the United Kingdom quit brown coal some time ago, Germany is still struggling. A new commission is meant to sketch out structural changes but the Bundesrepublik is no longer a pioneer of climate protection, one political scientist told  EURACTIV Germany
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2018

European regions in urgent need of a Brexit strategy

Brexit will have many practical consequences for the regional economy. Port cities like Zeebrugge in Belgium, which trade a lot with Great Britain, will be particularly affected.  EURACTIV Germany takes a look at both sides of the Channel.

Plastic recycling dilemma in the EU

The EU is in a desperate search for a sustainable circular economy. But critics warn that the imminent adoption of waste recycling targets for 2035 is only a compromise between the very different realities of the 28 countries. EURACTIV Germany reports.

MEP: We have to prevent games with multiple identities in Asylum System

Since 2016, the EU is working on the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Particularly tricky is the creation of a new Dublin IV agreement, clarifying which country is responsible for the asylum application of a person. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2018

Berlin course trains teachers to understand young digital natives

A Berlin-based project uses EU funds to offer media courses to educators. The pedagogues learn how to creatively implement technology in their work with young people.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

All quiet in the West while the East is advancing, study shows

Statistically, the economic gap between European regions is narrowing. Nevertheless, the abandoned regions remain left behind - and in Western Europe there is stagnation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 12-04-2018

Energy transition goals lack ambition, local projects lead the way, study suggests

Energy transition in Europe is proceeding too slowly and Brussels is lacking ambition to fulfil the requirements of the Paris Agreement – those are the conclusions of the recently published "Energy Atlas" of the German Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2018

Future EU regional policy – less funding for East Germany?

The EU budget for 2020 onward is not yet fixed but the German federal states already fear cuts in the funding for promotion of local projects. East Germany is especially concerned - a lot is at stake because many regions benefit greatly from EU subsidies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 09-04-2018

Germany: a European laggard on Smart Cities

In Germany, cities applying for funding of Smart Cities projects face steep hurdles and private companies, not citizens, seem to be the main winners. EURACTIV Germany reports.