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We lack alternatives to Article 7 – German analyst

Poland and Hungary have been on collision course with Brussels. The EU wants to up the pressure to restore the rule of law in the member states. But what are the instruments at hand? EURACTIV Germany spoke to Nicole Koenig.

Germany: The deep fall of Hans-Georg Maaßen

The chief of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Hans-Georg Maaßen, will have to take his leave, in a potentially unsettling development for Germany's struggling ruling coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to let him go. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 13-09-2018

German Angst of smart robots

The scary thing about AI is that it is hard to predict how far technology can go - and whether it manages to politically control them in such a way that in the end mankind retains the upper hand. Skepticism prevails among Germans. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 05-09-2018

Spitzenkandidaten: A Bavarian on the Commission throne?

Only a few contributions from the ranks of the Bavarian CSU in recent months suggested their competence on European issues. Now one of them is aiming for the highest post Brussels has to offer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 27-08-2018

Historian: ‘Norwegian model’ for post-Brexit Britain?

Many forecasts predict an economic slump for the UK after the country's exit. But the example of Norway shows that Europe can also do well outside the EU. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, historian Idar Helle explains possible conclusions from the "Norwegian model" for post-Brexit Britain.
Digital 24-08-2018

‘Uneasy’ Digital Council to drive technological development in Germany

Germany wants to catch up in digitisation. On Wednesday (22 August), the new Digital Council meeting was meant to address some vital issues in its first sitting but many important questions remained unanswered. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 20-06-2018

Unravelling the Macron-Merkel agreement

A meeting between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was meant to foster a breakthrough on possible eurozone reforms. But the declaration brokered on Tuesday (19 June) is full of language that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
15-06-2018

Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

With proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Digital 01-06-2018

Germany only in the mid-range of digitalisation, EU index shows

As the European Commission pushes forward with digitalisation policies, its DESI-index is meant to measure how digital individual member states already are. Germany, however, is only in the midfield. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 16-05-2018

From COP to COP into climate collapse

Climate conferences see a lot of talk, some agreements are reached but little is implemented. Seemingly, the world slides from conference to conference directly into climate collapse. However, with COP24, changes are to come. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2018

Work 4.0 – opportunities and risks

Digitization is on everyone’s lips and will change the working world in the next couple of years. For employers this poses a range of risks – but could also open some chances, as a recent analysis shows. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 08-02-2018

German analyst: ‘The coalition agreement has more of Juncker than Macron’

In the draft of the German coalition agreement presented on Wednesday by the CDU/CSU and the SPD, the parties want to pursue a “departure for Europe” in the next four years. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Matthias Kullas about the European policy aspects of the draft text.
Languages & Culture 01-02-2018

Town twinnings: The ‘Biggest peace movement in the world’

Europe has grown together in the decades following World War Two. One thing - central at the start and nowadays labelled as stale - was of particular importance back then: town twinnings. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-01-2018

Jens Weidmann – the anti-Draghi?

Next year, there will be a change at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB). Speculation about Mario Draghi’s successor is in full swing. One controversial name is appearing over and over again: Jens Weidmann, the President of the Deutsche Bank. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Membership in eurozone unlikely for Denmark, Sweden-adviser

The cooperation forum of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is "in search of new relevance", Christian Opitz and Tobias Etzold explained in a recent analysis paper by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). EURACTIV Germany spoke with Tobias Etzold.
Future EU 22-01-2018

55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty: A new Franco-German axis?

This Monday (22 January) marks the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty signed between Germany and France. At present, the two most powerful EU members are once again about to initiate more cooperation and German Grand Coalition negotiators are even demanding a remake of the Treaty. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 11-01-2018

German grand coalition negotiators in favour of free trade

Trade deals TTIP and CETA are particularly controversial in Germany, where they have been met with fierce resistance. As negotiators continue to try and form a new government, the Socialists may come out on the losing side on trade policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

Mr Altmaier goes to Europe

At the start of this week, Eurogroup and ECOFIN met in Brussels. Interim Finance Minister Peter Altmaier attended the meetings on behalf of Germany for the first time. The talks focused on the banking union, fiscal policy and the Paradise Papers. EURACTIV Germany has an overview.
Defence policy 24-10-2017

EU is moving closer together on defence

After the Brexit vote and Trumps election in 2016, the defence union came to the fore of the EU integration plans. The past EU summit showed that progress has obviously been made, writes Steffen Stiehle of EURACTIV Germany.
Future EU 05-10-2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Current conditions are ideal to push the EU towards becoming a European federal state, according to one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, Rainer Wieland. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 25-09-2017

Protest vote drives Germans into arms of AfD

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entering the German parliament for the first time eclipsed the historically bad results of the country’s Grand Coalition members. But what is behind the AfD’s rise to becoming Germany’s third-strongest party? EURACTIV Germany reports....
Economy & Jobs 21-08-2017

EU prepares for busy trade talks agenda

TTIP is on ice, CETA will be provisionally applied from September and talks with Japan are nearly completed. But EU trade policy is far from done yet and a busy negotiating schedule lies ahead. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electric cars 21-08-2017

Germany prepares for electric car quotas

Germany’s environment ministry is preparing itself for electric car quotas, which Berlin believes the European Commission will soon propose. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 01-08-2017

Dublin’s man in Berlin: Confidence growing in Irish economy despite ‘Brexit challenges’

Ireland’s priority in the Brexit negotiations is to ensure 1998’s Good Friday Agreement is protected, as well as maintaining close as possible ties between the EU and the UK, explained Dublin’s ambassador to Germany.