Sarah Lawton

Global Europe 08-01-2021

After Capitol riot, pressure builds for Trump’s removal from office

A growing number of lawmakers and government officials from both parties are calling for Donald Trump’s removal from office following the riot at the US Capitol on Wednesday. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he would be impeached if not removed by the cabinet. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 06-01-2021

Trump supporters storm US Capitol, delaying election certification

The US House of Representatives and Senate were forced to delay their proceedings to certify the November presidential election after armed protestors breached the Capitol building on Wednesday (6 January). The building is now on lockdown with politicians instructed to remain in their offices.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

German cabinet fails to reach an agreement on insect protection

Due to continuing divisions between the Agriculture and Environmental Ministries, the German government was unable to reach an agreement on the draft of a Insect Protection Act (ISG) on Wednesday (16 December). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Vaccine logistics: the tough part is just beginning

The European Medicine’s Agency is expected to approve Pfizer’s vaccine at an extraordinary meeting on 21 December and then, within three days, the European Commission is set to give its final green light. As for the vaccination process, in practice, everything depends on the readiness of EU countries, especially when it comes to logistics.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

EU aims for a just transition in industry, but hurdles remain

The EU has set targets for a just transition that leaves no one behind, but inadequate funding and underrepresenting important perspectives could hamper progress.
Non-discrimination 08-12-2020

Germany’s discrimination protection for migrants ‘one of the weakest’ – survey

Germany no longer ranks in the top 10 countries for integration policy, according to new findings from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 26-11-2020

German cabinet committee agrees to €1 billion package to combat racism

The German Cabinet Committee on Combatting Right-Wing Extremism and Racism agreed to 89 measures on Wednesday (25 November). This package, worth more than €1 billion, includes more aid for victims, changes to criminal law, and the move to replace the word ‘Rasse’ (race) in the German Basic Law. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-11-2020

Germans have lost faith in US democracy but have hopes for Biden, new poll shows

The recent election in the United States has left many Germans concerned for the state of US democracy, according to a new poll. In spite of this, Germany remains hopeful President-elect Joe Biden will stabilise the relationship. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 11-11-2020

German health minister pressures EU for vaccine agreement

German Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is ramping up pressure on the EU to reach an agreement with pharmaceutical companies following the announcement that the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine is 90% effective, saying such a contract should come “in the next few...
Global Europe 05-11-2020

US election outcome down to the wire in seven swing states

America's unexpectedly tight presidential election will come down to seven swing states - Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia - where results are still expected. Here's how much longer it will take.
Global Europe 04-11-2020

No clear winner in US presidential vote as race hones in on swing states

No clear winner emerged in the US presidential election as of Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Europe) as incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic contender Joe Biden each secured several important states in early results.
Global Europe 03-11-2020

US Presidential Election explainer: What to watch out for as the results roll in

The 2020 US presidential election has been different than any other in history. Here is the rundown of key things to watch out for as the results roll in. 
Global Europe 02-11-2020

Germany hopes a Biden presidency could bring a wind of change

Many in Donald Trump's administration see Germany as its main ideological antagonist on the global stage. After next week's US presidential election, Berlin is hoping for a “new beginning in the transatlantic partnership”, whoever wins.
Global Europe 30-10-2020

A third of Latino men could vote for Trump, a worrisome number for Biden

As the US election nears, polls have consistently shown a lead for Joe Biden by an average of nine points nationally. However, looking into different groups, these surveys show support for Donald Trump coming from a surprising place - Latino men - and this could have implications for key swing states.
Economy & Jobs 20-10-2020

Supply chain laws can change company culture, trade unionist says

The initiatives for due diligence in supply chains are seeing growing support for their potential to create a level playing field, but European worker representatives say the benefits of this legislation would not be limited to the workers at the start of the value chain.
Economy & Jobs 07-10-2020

German labour ministry ramps up pressure for supply chain law

Creating responsible global supply chains with fair wages and working conditions is a key theme for Germany’s labour ministry (BMAS) during the country’s EU Council Presidency. On Tuesday (6 October), Labour Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) made the case for a national and eventually European framework.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

More cooperation, greater inclusion key to preventing a ‘lockdown generation’

Already precarious in many regions of Europe, youth unemployment has spiked dramatically with the onset of COVID-19, sparking fears of another lost generation. At a recent StartNet Conference, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders called for greater cooperation on facilitating young people’s transition to work.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2020

Commissioner Schmit: EU must stop rise of low-quality jobs in wake of pandemic

While impacting all parts of the economy, COVID-19 has hit young people particularly hard. Nicolas Schmit, the Commissioner for jobs and social rights, spoke with EURACTIV about the EU executive's efforts to address these challenges and avert the prospect of another 'lost generation.'
Non-discrimination 25-09-2020

Police association head: ‘Zero tolerance’ for right-wing extremism

The recent discovery of right-wing police chat groups has led many to ask how these tendencies in the police force can be counteracted. Oliver von Dobrowolski, head of the PolizeiGrün, discussed potential ideas for reform.
Non-discrimination 21-09-2020

Racism and extremism in Germany’s police

Twenty-nine German police officers have been suspended after they were found to have taken part in a series of chat groups filled with neo-Nazi and racist messages. But this is not the first time that authorities have discovered right-wing extremism in the police.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 16-09-2020

America’s international standing takes a further plunge – poll

International perceptions of the US has sunk to new record lows, according to a new poll from Pew Research covering 13 countries, which highlighted a lack of trust in President Donald Trump's decision-making on foreign policy, as well as the country's inadequate coronavirus response.
Economy & Jobs 14-09-2020

Three-quarters of German workers satisfied with employers’ response to COVID-19, survey finds

Some 73% of German workers are happy with their company’s handling of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey. A majority also reported that their employers had created new opportunities to work from home. For many German companies, works councils played an important role in negotiating and implementing these changes. 
Non-discrimination 18-08-2020

Racial profiling by police to be debated in Bundestag committee, following petition

Growing concerns around systemic racism have led some to reconsider the conduct of Germany’s police force and demand a study of racial profiling in policing. With more than 67,000 signatures, the petition calling for such a study must be debated in the Bundestag’s Petition Committee.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

Workers’ involvement should not be ‘decorative’ in coronavirus recovery, expert says

If EU leaders agree on the EU's seven-year budget and the recovery fund on Friday (17 July), this could facilitate the transition to a more modern and greener Europe. But labour representatives also want to ensure that workers have a say in the entire policymaking process. 
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