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EU Elections 2019 29-01-2019

Germany’s liberals sign off on European election programme

At its European party congress on Sunday (27 January), the liberal FDP party elected Nicola Beer as its Spitzenkandidat and also adopted its election programme. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 25-01-2019

Donations to German parties soar during elections, raising concerns

The financial statements of German political parties for 2017 once again demonstrated that business is particularly generous during elections, with the Union of CDU and CSU benefitting in particular. Critics argue that these donations distort democracy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-01-2019

German farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 2019

For the first time, the annual economic forecasts by the German Economic Institute (IW) have also included the agricultural sector. The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) was one of the associations consulted and said it was "cautiously optimistic" for 2019. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Languages & Culture 08-01-2019

Plovidiv and Matera: 2019 European Capitals of Culture

European Capitals of Culture have been chosen for the past 33 years. Typically, two cities share this title for the period of a year and in 2019 they will be in Bulgaria and Italy. EURACTIV Germany reports
Agrifood 07-01-2019

German MEP: Politicians should trust EFSA, set aside their personal views

EU politicians should show trust in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and put their personal opinions on food safety assessments on hold, centre-right MEP Peter Jahr told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Agrifood 20-12-2018

CAP reform: Vienna hands the reins over to Bucharest

The debate on CAP reform has made good progress under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Romania will play the leading role from the beginning of next year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 18-12-2018

Controversy over new plant breeding methods

New methods of genetic engineering promise precise interventions, without side effects. However, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) wants tight regulation. The judgement is being fiercely debated. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2018

Can Europe help combat the dying out of farms?

In the debate over the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), there is also the question of how funding allocation can be better adapted to the regions’ specific needs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-11-2018

CAP reform: Achieving more with less funding?

EU funding for agriculture is expected to become tighter after 2021. At the same time, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has an increasing number of objectives. So, how can more be achieved with less funding? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-11-2018

Another German budget without new debt

The German Bundestag adopted the national 2019 budget with the votes of the 'Grand Coalition' last Friday (23 November), with expenditure reaching a record €356 billion and a particular rise in defence spending. Nevertheless, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has managed to avoid creating any new debt. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

European Court of Auditors criticise plans to reform CAP

The EU auditors have expressed clear criticism of the plans to reform the CAP. They said that the Commission's proposals did not meet the demand for a "more environmentally-friendly and more strongly preformance-based" approach. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital skills 07-11-2018

Delays in equipping classroom 4.0 in Germany

In order to make society fit for digitisation, its youngest members should be equipped with digital skills. The German government is promoting its “Digital Pact for Schools,” for which the government will provide €5 billion, according to the coalition agreement. But to date, not a cent has changed hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The end of the Chancellor after the Hesse election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Monday (29 October) she no longer wants to run for CDU chairmanship in December and, after the current legislative term, does not want to stand as a candidate for the chancellorship. EURACTIV Germany reports on 'the end of an era' in the country.

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.
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.
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.

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