Philipp Grüll

5G 24-11-2020

5G expansion: German foreign ministry gets a say, but no veto

Germany's upcoming IT security law is intended to protect the country's 5G network, among other things. When it comes to Huawei, the Foreign Office fought for a right of veto. The result: now it can have a say but not singlehandedly block a supplier. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 17-11-2020

The political calculus behind Vienna’s first ‘social-liberal’ coalition

Following an agreement between the social democrats (SPÖ) and liberals (NEOS), the Austrian capital has a new governing coalition. The partnership may seem unnatural but both sides have something to gain, while more difficult times are dawning for the ousted Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 13-11-2020

Austrian court orders Facebook to delete same and similar hate postings worldwide

Austria's Supreme Court of Justice of Justice has decided that Facebook will have to delete 'hate postings' against former Green party leader Eva Glawischnig, not only in Austria but also worldwide. EURACTIV Germany reports.

France pushes for joint European response to terrorism threat

Several key EU leaders, including France and Germany, promised at a mini-summit on Tuesday (10 November) to renew efforts to fight Islamist terrorism, calling for a reform of the Schengen area and measures against foreign fighters.
Digital 09-11-2020

EU states ponder means to access encrypted data

EU member states want more competences to be able to look into messages with end-to-end encryption, according to the draft Council decisions which has been made available to EURACTIV Germany.
Transport 06-11-2020

Selmayr defends EU Commission in German ‘toll debacle’ case

The European Commission is not responsible for the highway toll debacle, Martin Selmayr, the head of the European Commission Representation in Austria, said on Thursday (5 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.

France and Germany demand closer EU cooperation in fight against terrorism

Germany and France want the EU to cooperate more closely in the fight against terrorism, particularly when it comes to a more open exchange of intelligence information. However, member states distrust each other. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-11-2020

Wirecard: EU report sees ‘deficits’ in German financial oversight

A report from the EU financial watchdog says German authorities are partly to blame for the Wirecard scandal that rocked the country this year. Nonetheless, it shields one German agency (BaFin) from much of the blame. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 02-11-2020

Selmayr marks one year in Vienna

Martin Selmayr's latest career move may seem strange at first glance: from Secretary General of the Commission to its representative in a small EU country. Having held the post for a year, he plans to take a more political approach than his predecessors. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 02-11-2020

Austria to enter ‘partial’ November lockdown

Austria's government will impose a second "partial lockdown" for November, forcing restaurants to close but allowing the retail and services sector to remain open. A night curfew from 8pm will also be implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 29-10-2020

Merkel institutes ‘lockdown light’ until the end of November

Until the end of November, Germany will be in lockdown, albeit a milder one than in spring. Restaurants, bars, entertainment and sports facilities will have to close. Stores, schools and daycare centers will remain open. Only people from two households will be allowed to meet in public. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-10-2020

Vienna’s first ‘Social-Liberal Coalition’: SPÖ begins negotiations with NEOS

The board of Austria's SPÖ party has decided: Vienna's Social Democrats will start coalition negotiations with the liberal NEOS on Tuesday (27 October). Thus ends the ten-year era of SPÖ-Green rule in the Austrian capital. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-10-2020

German SPD demands asylum centres, carbon border tax in new position paper

The parliamentary group of the German Social Democrats (SPD) is expected to adopt a position paper on EU policy on Tuesday (27 October). In it, the MPs call for open asylum centres throughout Europe, a CO2 border tax to raise the EU's own resources, and more leeway for state resources in digitalisation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 20-10-2020

German police study will focus on ‘daily work’ instead of structural racism

After public pressure and national debate, a study of German police forces is on the way. The Social Democrat's (SPD) proposal to specifically investigate racism within the German authorities will only be one of many topics, as the study will instead be focusing on the 'daily work' of officers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 20-10-2020

European coronavirus tracing apps are crossing borders

The German Corona-Warn-App now also works in Italy and Ireland, and vice versa, and more countries will be added soon. However, some are being excluded from the outset, because they use a central system, such as France. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU's ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, the German Economy Minister Peter Altmaeir has said.
Digital 15-10-2020

US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into ‘EU sovereign’ cloud project

Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU's ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday (15 October).
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2020

Divisions over economic criteria in cohesion policy negotiations

Negotiations on cohesion policy between the European Parliament, Commission and Council will take place on Thursday (15 October), focusing on how strictly the flow of money is regulated and whether it should be distributed according to economic criteria. EURACTIV Germany reports.
copyright 14-10-2020

German copyright bill includes upload filters, despite government’s promises

As Germany gears up to transpose the European Copyright Directive into national law by the summer of 2021, the new draft tabled by Justice Minister Christine's Lambrecht (SPD) provides for upload filters, although the government promised to do without them. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2020

Committee of the Regions warns against centralising cohesion policy

This week, European regional policy leaders met to formulate their demands of the EU. They warned against a reduction of cohesion funds and requested a say in their distribution. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 13-10-2020

Indepent report on COVID hotspot Ischgl slams Austrian government’s handling

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl became the European epicentre of coronavirus infections in March. The local government there has denied any responsibility, but a new independent commission report begs to differ. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 12-10-2020

Social Democrats win, far-right collapses in Vienna elections

The recent Vienna election was a great victory for Social Democrats while the far-right FPÖ suffered a massive crash, losing two-thirds of support. The final result will be available Tuesday evening (13 October), but coalition options are already clear. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 09-10-2020

German start-up leads sports clubs towards sustainability

Vanessa Nord believes that a rethinking is underway in Germany's professional sports. In 2019, the 28-year-old founded a company that supports clubs on their way to sustainability: ecologically, socially and economically. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

Bundestag’s investigative committee starts work on Wirecard scandal

The Bundestag's committee looking into the Wirecard case,  Germany's biggest financial scandal in years, started work on Thursday (8 October). It could be particularly unpleasant for Finance Minister and SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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