Philipp Grüll Archives

  • Austria announces new COVID-19 restrictions

    News | Coronavirus 30-03-2020

    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.

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

    News | Data protection 26-03-2020

    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.

  • German economy minister: Help is on the way

    News | Economy & Jobs 24-03-2020

    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.

  • Ewald Lienen: Football is ‘by definition political’

    Interview | Health 24-03-2020

    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.

  • German COVID-19 Hackathon delivers more than 800 projects

    News | Digital 24-03-2020

    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.

  • Germany set to foot massive but ‘necessary’ coronavirus bill

    News | Economy & Jobs 23-03-2020

    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. 

  • Austria puts its economy on ice

    News | Economy & Jobs 23-03-2020

    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.

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

    Interview | Politics 20-03-2020

    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.

  • How an Austrian ski paradise became a COVID-19 hotspot

    News | Coronavirus 20-03-2020

    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.

  • Merkel urges Germans to stay home, no restrictive measures

    News | Politics 19-03-2020

    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".

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

    News | Digital 18-03-2020

    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.

  • German SMEs turn noses up at new EU strategy

    News | Economy & Jobs 12-03-2020

    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.