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Politics 18-01-2021

Moderate Armin Laschet becomes new CDU leader in election year

North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) premier Armin Laschet has been elected the new chair of Germany's ruling conservative CDU and will lead the party into the September Bundestag elections, with a good chance of becoming the next chancellor. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 15-01-2021

CDU leadership election: What’s in store for Europe?

Germany's ruling conservative CDU will choose its new leader on Saturday. Whoever of the three candidates wins has the best chance of becoming the next chancellor - and thus one of the most powerful people in Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

Green MEP accuses Germany of ‘setting a bad example’ in its recovery plan

The draft of Germany's recovery plan promises that 80% of the EU recovery funds will go to climate protection and digitalisation, well above the EU's requirements. However, Green MEP Sven Giegold has complained that only a quarter will go to future investments and most of the money is earmarked for old projects.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 14-01-2021

German law aims to tackle the market power of digital giants

Germany is modernising its competition law to stand up to digital corporations. In the future, the Cartel Office will be able to act faster and tougher when companies dominate the market. Europe can learn from this. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

Bundestag to make agroforestry funding a reality

The German federal parliament (Bundestag) is to decide whether agroforestry will be recognised as a form of land use in the future, which would make the practice eligible for funding in the national strategic plan under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture

German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is hosting a virtual agricultural congress on Wednesday (13 January) to discuss sustainable agriculture and the agreement between food production, environment and climate. At the centre, however, is a social contract. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-01-2021

Regions want a larger say in future EU-UK relationship

Europe's local politicians want a bigger role in establishing the future relationship between the EU and the UK. This was the overwhelming feeling among members of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) at Monday's meeting of the CoR-UK contact group. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 11-01-2021

Europe’s right-wing populists beat about the bush after US Capitol assault

Most European leaders condemned last week's storming of the US Capitol by pro-Trump activists. Meanwhile, Europe's far-right leaders, which so far have sympathised with Trump, are balancing between condemnation and self-protection.
MEPs involved in penning initiative texts on the Commission's landmark Digital Services Act (DSA) have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the recent storming of the US Capitol in Washington, and say that regulation should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Digital 08-01-2021

Lawmakers call for tougher EU disinformation laws in wake of US riots

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, saying the EU's proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
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.
Digital 07-01-2021

Starting Germany’s election year, the CSU presents its digital agenda

The Bavarian-governing party, the Christian Social Union is adopting its digital strategy this week. Among other things, it calls for a digitally sovereign Europe, but some of the plans smack of national unilateralism. 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.
Health 04-01-2021

Amateur football club in German coal region plans to go climate neutral

SG Eintracht Peitz has set itself ambitious goals. Surrounded by some of Germany's worst polluting factories, it wants to become the first climate-neutral amateur club in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 18-12-2020

Germany’s EU Presidency: Merkel had to fix it

The turn of the year marks the end of the German presidency of the EU Council. When Angela Merkel's government took over in July, it was already clear that all previous plans had gone up in smoke and there was only one priority left: dealing with the pandemic. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Bundestag passes amendments to Germany’s renewable energy act

The German Bundestag passed an amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) on Thursday (17 December), without support from the opposition. The leftist Die Linke and Greens have called for higher green electricity production targets while the liberal FDP wants to allow "negative emission technologies." EURACTIV Germany reports.
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 17-12-2020

REACT-EU has been approved: Here’s what Germany gets

European regional policy has a special role to play in overcoming the coronavirus crisis, with one of the main new instruments being REACT-EU, a fund which represents an increase of €47.5 billion in structural funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Germany to tighten rules on meat industry workers

After the COVID-19 pandemic shone a spotlight on working conditions in meat plants, Germany is moving to tighten rules in a bid to afford workers more job security, but this has been met with criticism by the meat industry.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

German motoring association pushes for increased ethanol in petrol blending

The German motoring association ADAC has proposed doubling the quota of ethanol’s blending with petrol in car engines from 10% to 20% to achieve higher CO2 savings and eventually contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
Data protection 11-12-2020

German competition body opens joint case against Facebook, Oculus

Germany's Federal Competition Authority has opened additional proceedings against Facebook. This time it involves the virtual reality glasses of the Oculus brand, as it is planned that only Facebook users will be allowed to use these glasses in future. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 10-12-2020

Germany, France a long way from ensuring basic rights of people with disabilities

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared the goal of a "Union of Equal Rights". A look at Germany and France on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day shows there is still a long way to go. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 09-12-2020

Germany’s virus stimulus disproportionately benefits men, study warns

The German government's coronavirus stimulus package from July benefits men more than women, according to a recent study by the University of Kassel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

OECD criticises German frugality, urges it to ‘clear the investment backlog’

Germany needs to invest more in infrastructure, digital policy, climate protection after years of government frugality, a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommends. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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