Philipp Grüll

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.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

EU budget talks: Parliament sees the ball in German presidency’s court

Negotiations on the EU's long-term budget will enter their seventh round on Thursday (8 October). The European Parliament, which demands more money for EU programmes and clarity on the rule of law, views the ball in the German Council Presidency's court. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

‘No second shutdown’, Germany’s Altmaier promises business leaders

Speaking at the annual Industry Day event, Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) promised business leaders that there would not be a second shutdown. He also took the opportunity to be critical of his SPD colleague, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 30-09-2020

German football fan initiative calls for green reforms

Football is Germany's national sport and enjoys loyal fans. But some of them see an urgent need for reform. Now, armed with a declaration and many signatures, a supporters group has concrete demands, among them stricter requirements for climate protection. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-09-2020

Germany should protect moors, consume less meat to reach EU’s new climate targets, say experts

In Germany, where agriculture is officially responsible for 6.3% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, around 14 million tonnes of greenhouse gases must be saved in order to reach the Paris climate goals. But now that the EU climate targets are to be raised, what contribution can the agriculture sector make? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-09-2020

Intelligent electricity through EU structural funds

Researchers in Bielefeld are working on an artificial intelligence that distributes electricity differently depending on weather conditions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-09-2020

Financial scandals harm Scholz’s image as he gears up for chancellor candidacy

Olaf Scholz, Germany's finance minister and chancellor candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD), is currently in the spotlight for his involvement in two financial scandals currently shaking German politics: the Wirecard and Cum-Ex scandals. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 16-09-2020

New EU regulation on high performance computers expected in the coming days

The European Commission wants supercomputers on European soil, saying it is essential for technological sovereignty. The executive was supposed to announce its new regulation on High-Performance Computers (HPC) on Tuesday (15 September), but there is a delay of several days. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 11-09-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe aims to extend its digital sovereignty from China

The European Commission intends to act as a strong geopolitical player at next week's EU-China video meeting. But to do so, Europe must extend its 'digital sovereignty', also with regards to China. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 09-09-2020

German trust busters get a sharper sword

Germany's ruling coalition has reached an agreement on the amendment to the 62-year old Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). In the future, authorities will take stronger action against online giants that abuse their market power. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

Economic weaknesses become strengths in East Germany during COVID-19

The "new" East German states are economically weaker than their western counterparts, lacking large industrial hubs of international corporations. However, this proved to be an advantage during the pandemic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2020

Wirecard scandal: Bundestag inquiry committee increasingly likely

A probe into the Wirecard affair is picking up speed. At a special session of the Bundestag Finance Committee, MPs have questioned top ministers and lobbyist influence over the government is becoming increasingly clear. Setting up a special inquiry committee is becoming more likely as a result. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-07-2020

German labour minister announces stricter standards in the meat industry

The German meat industry has been under fire for years over its low working standards and workers rights. The coronavirus clusters in slaughterhouses have now offered the government an opportunity to intervene. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 28-07-2020

Austrian health minister wants to ‘repair’ coronavirus measures following court ruling

Austria's anti-coronavirus measures were partly illegal, as the country's Constitutional Court confirmed last week. On Tuesday (28 July), Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) acknowledged the mistakes and announced plans to reorganise his ministry and amend the Epidemic Law. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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