Philipp Grüll

Future EU 08-04-2020

Coronavirus to weigh on every aspect of Germany’s EU presidency

The coronavirus crisis comes just as Germany was about to finalise its rotating EU presidency programme, which begins on 1 July. EURACTIV Germany obtained a draft of the programme, which shows how much of a role the virus is set to play during the six month stint in charge.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2020

Germany’s post-virus forecast better than expected, say top economists

Germany's five most important economic institutes insist an economic upturn is on the horizon, as part of their biannual spring forecast published on Wednesday (8 April). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 08-04-2020

Austria says it still prefers dialogue with Hungary

After the Hungarian parliament adopted an emergency law that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán extensive powers on 30 March, 13 EU member states issued a joint statement on the need to protect rule of law. Austria, however, did not join as it prefers to seek dialogue, the country's EU minister, Karoline Edtstadler, told EURACTIV Germany.
Coronavirus 06-04-2020

Austria’s government presents COVID-19 exit schedule

While small shops in Austria will be allowed to reopen on 14 April and all trade will be permitted from 1 May onwards, gastronomy and hotels will follow in mid-May at the earliest, with current initial restrictions extended until the end of April. According to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the aim is "to get out of the crisis faster than others".
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

Limitations of economic forecasting during coronavirus pandemic

Germany's economy has gone into artificial hibernation to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Initial forecasts suggest this will be expensive but opinions about the extent vary widely. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, the head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, explains the limitations of economic forecasts.
Digital 02-04-2020

Austrian digital expert: Well-made disinformation is emotionally intelligent

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a flood of disinformation: Fictitious numbers of infection, ineffective treatments or false insider information. The Austrian author and digital expert Ingrid Brodnig, who monitors such cases, explains to EURACTIV Germany how and why coronavirus created a breeding ground for disinformation.
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

Austria announces new COVID-19 restrictions

From Wednesday (1 April) at the latest, mouth and nose protection masks will be obligatory in Austria's supermarkets. People in COVID-19 risk groups are no longer allowed to go to work, and hotels are closed to tourists. Random sample tests are set to bring clarity to the country's unrecorded cases. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 26-03-2020

Privacy activists on COVID-19 surveillance: Either ineffective or questionable

In Germany and Austria, there are concrete ideas to monitor their citizens using Big Data, but to be truly effective, the methods would have to be deeply invasive. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2020

German economy minister: Help is on the way

The first payments from the 'coronavirus aid package' are to be made to small and micro enterprises this week, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced on Tuesday but rejected once again the idea of European coronabonds. Meanwhile, the country's top economic expert expects a single-digit percentage GDP decline. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 24-03-2020

Ewald Lienen: Football is ‘by definition political’

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, he explains how he combines football with climate protection.
Digital 24-03-2020

German COVID-19 Hackathon delivers more than 800 projects

Last weekend, the German government had 42,869 participants  working to find innovative solutions to acute challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The result: over 800 ideas on topics such as shopping, childcare and symptom monitoring. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2020

Germany set to foot massive but ‘necessary’ coronavirus bill

Coronavirus will cost Germany several hundred billion euros, according to new figures from research centre the ifo institute released on Monday (23 March). Production losses and unemployment will hurt, so Berlin will have to dig deep into its pockets. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2020

Austria puts its economy on ice

Austria's economy has come to a standstill. To get companies through the dry spell, it is filling a crisis fund with €38 billion to keep them afloat until the economy restarts after the crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 20-03-2020

Austria’s EU Minister: ‘I am not a diplomat’

A week before the European Council, the coronavirus is dominating the agenda. The EU is struggling to find solutions - but the world is not standing still and other challenges remain acute. Austria's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) tells EURACTIV Germany how the virus will affect the summit and explains Austria's position in the crisis.
Coronavirus 20-03-2020

How an Austrian ski paradise became a COVID-19 hotspot

Ischgl, an Austrian ski resort, has achieved tragic international fame: hundreds of tourists are believed to have contracted the coronavirus there and taken it home with them. The Tyrolean state government is now facing serious criticism. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 19-03-2020

Merkel urges Germans to stay home, no restrictive measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used all her political weight in a  televised address on Wednesday to call on Germans to respect the containment rules imposed because of the coronavirus, urging them to show solidarity and help counter "the biggest challenge since World War Two".
Digital 18-03-2020

COVID-19: Austria takes precautionary measures for internet use, despite ‘buffer’ in capacities

The spread of the coronavirus is becoming a stress test for Austria's internet infrastructure, as internet traffic exploded virtually overnight. To protect the country's capacities, the regulatory authority RTR has given the green light for certain online services, like video streaming, to be throttled.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2020

German SMEs turn noses up at new EU strategy

Ursula von der Leyen's European Commission is the first to propose a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) strategy. While it promises to make these businesses fit for the future, many representatives of German SMEs are not too fond of it. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2020

Expert : Germany could use EU presidency to shape EU-China relations

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, director of the Asia programme of the European Council of Foreign Relations, Dr Janka Oertel, described how Germany could play a pivotal role in changing the EU's relations with China and might even force the exclusion of Huawei from the planned 5G expansion across the EU.
Global Europe 06-03-2020

German family minister wants to expand gender quotas for top jobs

German Family Minister Franziska Giffey of the Social Democrats (SPD) wants to expand the quota of women in the workplace to apply to supervisory and management boards. While coalition partners have criticised her plans, she remains determined not to give up on the potential of qualified women. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

The unclear future of Germany’s ‘debt brake’

According to media reports, finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) has tried to break German frugality rules and take on more debt. This earned him harsh criticism from the co-governing CDU/CSU Union and parts of the opposition and the ministry now denies any plans to change the debt brake.

Germany’s Skilled Immigration Act: Who will benefit?

Germany's new law on the immigration of skilled workers, which aims to provide easier access to the German labour market for qualified workers from non-EU countries, will come into force on 1 March. But some experts believe the new law is insufficient and NGOs consider it ignores those already living in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 26-02-2020

Austrian justice minister with migrant background leads fight against online hate

When it became known that for the first time someone with a migrant background would be in the Austrian government, Green Justice Minister Alma Zadić started to receive death threats and the recommendation to fly home to Bosnia. Now, she wants to use her experience with discrimination to protect others. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Digital 24-02-2020

Is Germany’s digital ministry just a ‘phantom debate’?

The conservative CDU/CSU union is demanding a new digital ministry. While the discussion is not new, the union's coalition partner, the Socialist Party (SPD), is saying that institutes are already dealing with digital issues, they are just underfunded.  EURACTIV Germany reports.

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