Oliver Noyan

Global Europe 18-01-2022

Germany’s Baerbock speaks of ‘fundamental disagreements’ with Russia

During her official visit to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke of "fundamental disagreements" with Russia, but spoke positively of Russia's agreement to revive the Normandy format.

Germany continues blocking arms exports to Ukraine due to new foreign ‘peace’ policy

Germany reiterated its refusal to send defensive weapons to Ukraine that according to Kyiv would help the country fend off a potential Russian invasion. This comes as part of a new German peace policy that aims at restricting arms exports and fostering peace via diplomacy.
Digital & Media 17-01-2022

French and German SMEs oppose tracking-based ads, survey finds

Ahead of a crucial EU parliamentary vote on the Digital Services Act, a survey has found that a majority of small businesses in France and Germany want alternatives to tracking-based advertisements by Google and Facebook, which they perceive as being too invasive.
Digital & Media 14-01-2022

German kick-off for digital transition on hold

Germany's digital transition is delayed as ministries still have not determined where different competencies will lie, despite it, along with climate change, being one of the key focus areas of the new government's coalition agreement.
Digital & Media 12-01-2022

Google proposes measures addressing German antitrust body’s concerns

Google has proposed measures on Wednesday (12 January) to address concerns raised by the German antitrust authority in the ongoing case regarding the Google News Showcase platform. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 06-01-2022

What Germany has in store for Europe in 2022

The new German government has made reforming the EU, as well as its own economy and society, one of its top priorities. This year will show how fast and how much the ruling coalition wants to move and how well it will coordinate with its key ally France along the way.
Digital & Media 06-01-2022

Google under market abuse control rules after German competition decision

Google has been dubbed a platform of 'paramount significance across markets' and will be subject to extended abuse control rules to combat uncompetitive practices, according to Germany's Federal Cartel Office on Wednesday (5 January).
Politics 15-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Ukraine is litmus test for Scholz’s new foreign policy

In an emerging multipolar world, Germany will need to be more assertive to defend European and transatlantic values. However, it remains to be seen if the new Chancellor Olaf Scholz will rise to the occasion, and the first signs are not too promising.
Politics 10-12-2021

Germany’s Baerbock attempts to square the circle with Poland

Germany's new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed the value of German-Polish friendship during her inaugural visit to Warsaw on Friday (10 December) but said it to have "intensive discussions" on the rule of law issues in its eastern neighbour.
Digital & Media 09-12-2021

Europe tech investment to reach $100 billion in 2021

Europe is set for a record $100 billion investment in the tech sector by the end of the year, according to a new report.
Elections 08-12-2021

Germany’s new government bets on inaugural trips to help bolster EU’s key role

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, sworn in as Germany's new chancellor on Wednesday (8 December), will already be embarking on a series of inaugural visits across Europe, accompanied by his foreign minister, Green co-leader Annalena Baerbock
Politics 07-12-2021

Kurz’s resignation paves way for return to traditional conservative politics in Austria

The inauguration of Karl Nehammer as Austria's new chancellor on Monday (6 December) marked the end of the era of Sebastian Kurz and set the course for a return to the traditional political structures of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).
Data protection 06-12-2021

Germany’s new government will firmly defend encryption, key Social Democrat says

The next German government intends to speak more strongly in favour of end-to-end encryption and against the introduction of backdoors, Jens Zimmermann, the digital policy expert for the Social Democrats (SPD) who co-negotiated the coalition agreement's chapter on digitalisation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany’s liberal FDP rules out additional debt for investments

The three parties of Germany's next government have made it clear they want to make the coming years a decade of investments for the future. Where the resources for such investments will come from, however, remains unclear.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany rejects relaxation of EU fiscal rules

Under a Liberal-led finance ministry, Germany will take a hard line on EU fiscal policy and reject calls from southern EU countries to relax fiscal rules. However, the business-friendly FDP is open to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 02-12-2021

Austria’s Kurz quits politics, stirring political turmoil

Former chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his departure from the political stage on Thursday (2 December) by resigning from all his political posts. His resignation will lead to a cabinet reshuffle, and potentially, a new chancellor.
Future EU 01-12-2021

The Brief, powered by ELF — Times have never been better for EU reform

There has never been a better time to push for European integration. With pro-European governments in France, Italy and Germany, reform of the bloc seems to be within reach – for the first time in years.  The shift is especially...
Digital & Media 26-11-2021

What the next German government has in store for digitalisation

The main challenges that the next government has to face and if the measures that are outlined in the coalition agreement are enough to bring Germany back on track to master the digital transformation. 
Data protection 26-11-2021

New German government to ban facial recognition and mass surveillance

The German ‘traffic light‘ coalition plans on banning biometric facial recognition and restricting the usage of mass surveillance tools, which marks a departure from the stance of the former government.
Non-discrimination 25-11-2021

Next German government pledges to fight racism, ensure diversity

The coalition agreement of Germany's Social Democrats, Greens and the liberal FDP puts a special emphasis on measures to guarantee the participation of side-lined and vulnerable groups and to fight racism on all fronts.
Elections 24-11-2021

German parties seal deal on new ‘traffic light’ coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, two months after the general elections, with Olaf Scholz to succeed Angela Merkel as the new chancellor in December. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 19-11-2021

Cracks appear as Gaia-X celebrates its progress

As the heads of Gaia-X, a much-publicised European tech project, praised progress in developing a federated cloud and data ecosystem at the Gaia-X summit concluded on Friday (19. November), one of Europe’s biggest cloud providers has already jumped ship.
Digital & Media 19-11-2021

Legal opinion on data retention enters Germany’s coalition talks

The EU Advocate General's rejection of groundless data retention increases pressure on Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), who are currently navigating the issue as a part of ongoing coalition negotiations. The new ruling could lead them to relent on their stance. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 19-11-2021

Business as usual for next Franco-German couple, despite sticking points

While some argue that the next Franco-German power couple could be business as usual, there are some potential sticking points ahead.