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Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Germany launches Europe’s first ‘revolutionary’ quantum computer

Europe's first quantum computer was launched in Ehningen, Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday (15 June), amid expectations from experts that the tech’s exorbitantly high computing power will do away with “traditional computing”.
Economy & Jobs 15-06-2021

Germany to ‘plug holes’ in budget with EU green transition money, critics say

Germany is set to dispense €40 billion to its regions affected by the country’s planned 2038 coal phase-out. But that number is a lot less grand than it looks, as the programme will swallow EU funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 14-06-2021

Bundestag adopts national CAP package amid ongoing EU negotiations

While negotiations on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform have not been concluded in Brussels, the German Bundestag, racing to complete work before national elections in September, has passed a legislative package to be implemented at the national level.
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

Bundestag adopts supply chain law tackling human rights abuses

The German Bundestag has adopted the Due Diligence in Supply Chains Law that will force companies to respect human rights in their supply chains, despite opposition from some political parties and industry
Agrifood 11-06-2021

Germany’s pre-UN food summit talks criticised for ignoring ‘most marginalised’

In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, Germany's agriculture ministry launched its preparatory process at a conference this week where politicians, agriculture and health experts exchanged their views on future food production. However, the dialogue was criticised for missing the voices of marginalised people. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 08-06-2021

Europe’s first digitalised chip plant opens in Dresden

German engineering and technology company Bosch opened a new semiconductor factory, fully networked with 5G mobile technology, in Dresden on Monday (7 June). The production facility was funded with €140 million as part of a joint European project.
Energy 07-06-2021

‘From champagne to table water’: hydrogen sector aims for drastic price cuts by 2050

The price of clean hydrogen can be cut drastically by mid-century if the EU creates a dedicated market structure to develop the fuel, according to the industry. Environmental groups, meanwhile, are sceptical about the emergence of a hydrogen economy.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

European Commission proposes ‘digital identity wallet’

The European Commission has introduced a legislative proposal for an EU "digital identity wallet" that would allow numerous services like opening a bank account or filing tax returns to be done purely digitally.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

Civil society, tech giants oppose Germany’s state Trojans plans

Companies and civil society organisations in Germany have opposed a planned expansion of the surveillance of sources and communications which provides for a more stringent application of the so-called state Trojan in an open letter published Thursday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 04-06-2021

German conservatives brace for strong far-right showing in regional election

Germany conservatives are bracing for what is likely to be a bruising result in Sunday's regional election in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt, with polls suggesting the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to gain more than a fifth of the vote.
Air Quality 03-06-2021

Germany convicted for breaching EU air quality law

The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (3 June) that Germany "systematically and persistently" exceeded the annual limit values ​​for nitrogen oxide in Berlin, Dortmund, Hamburg and many other cities.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

Cohesion policy: Uphill battle to halt growing regional and social inequalities

The COVID-19 crisis has increased social inequalities across Europe, from access to education, to work, medical treatment, and housing. The widening gap goes hand in hand with regional disparities, and this dangerous downward spiral is something the EU's cohesion policy aims to put a stop to. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 28-05-2021

Gaia-X cloud infrastructure project close to becoming operational

The European flagship cloud project Gaia-X, which aims to ensure Europe has its own trusted data and cloud infrastructure, came one step closer to becoming operational after the first specification round of the Federation Services was completed on Wednesday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 28-05-2021

Munich’s Allianz Arena: a paragon of climate neutrality?

The Euro 2020 football cup’s carbon footprint has come under green scrutiny because of the logistics required to move the teams around between the eleven organising countries. Is the Munich stadium part of the problem or part the solution?
Digital & Media 27-05-2021

France, Germany, the Netherlands press for tighter rules in DMA

France, Germany and the Netherlands on Thursday (27 May) released a joint statement calling for a reinforcement of the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA) in a range of areas, from member states involvement to merger control. 
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NordLink inaugural event
Energy 27-05-2021

Record-breaking cable links Norwegian, German power grids

Europe's longest ever underwater electricity cable was inaugurated on Thursday (27 May) by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, marking the completion of the landmark €1.8 billion NordLink project linking the two countries' grids.
Digital & Media 27-05-2021

German competition regulator initiates proceedings against Google

Germany's Federal Cartel Office initiated two proceedings against Google on Tuesday (25 May), looking into the Internet giant's market power and its handling of user data. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 26-05-2021

EU Commission greenlights German initiative to eradicate ‘dead spot’ problem

The European Commission approved on Tuesday (25 May the German government's plan to invest almost €1.1 billion in expanding its network in order to finally get to grips with the smouldering problem of so-called 'dead spots'.
Elections 26-05-2021

Germany’s AfD lurches further to the right with new top candidate duo

Germany's far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has selected two hardliners from the extreme right-wing of the party, Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla, as its top candidates for September's election.
Digital & Media 25-05-2021

Germany’s rocky path to becoming a blockchain nation

Germany harbours ambitions to become one of the world’s leaders in blockchain and has recently taken stock of its near two-year-old strategy to boost adoption of the pioneering technology, the first of its kind worldwide.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

Germany adopts new data protection and privacy law

German parliament this week adopted a law regulating data protection and privacy in telecommunications and telemedia. For the first time, the legislator transposed EU requirements on cookies from the bloc's e-privacy directive. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU Parliament backs ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, despite Green opposition

A motion on the EU’s hydrogen strategy won support from the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 May), backing the use of “low-carbon hydrogen” made from fossil gas as a bridge towards 100% renewable production.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2021

German top court rejects complaint against ECB’s bond-buying scheme

Germany's constitutional court rejected on Tuesday (18 May) a complaint against the European Central Bank's (ECB) flagship bond-buying scheme, in a ruling that primes the eurozone economy for more stimulus once the bank's pandemic-related emergency measures end. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 18-05-2021

Race to succeed Merkel wide open as German election nears

With veteran German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to leave the political stage after the September election, many are wondering what's next for the globe's fourth-largest economy. The race for Germany's top job is hotting up, EURACTIV Germany reports.