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Global Europe 20-01-2022

US, allies pledge to act swiftly if Russian troops cross Ukraine border

Western countries sought to project unity over Ukraine in a flurry of diplomatic efforts on Thursday (20 January), after US President Joe Biden suggested allies were split over how to react to any 'minor incursion' from Russia.
Agrifood 20-01-2022

German ministers to push for end of agri-subsidies in Brussels

Environment Minister Lemke and Agriculture Minister Özdemir displayed unity at a joint appearance on Tuesday (18 January). The two Green ministers want to advocate an end to direct agricultural payments and increased organic production.
Politics 19-01-2022

The Brief – Grand Tattoo for German pacifism

The Germany of today is inherently a pacifist country. This truth is often lost amid the big news, but political observers of the party landscape in Berlin and beyond will agree.
Health 19-01-2022

New Bundesliga CEO faces COVID-19 challenges amid sustainability push

For one of the world’s largest football leagues, 2022 has been the stage of massive changes: the Bundesliga finally has a new CEO, Donata Hopfen, who must now tackle the massive tasks that await it.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

Germany’s Baerbock speaks of ‘fundamental disagreements’ with Russia

During her official visit to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke of "fundamental disagreements" with Russia, but spoke positively of Russia's agreement to revive the Normandy format.
Agrifood 17-01-2022

German agri minister to introduce mandatory animal welfare label

In his first government statement to the German federal parliament on Friday (January 14), Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir announced his intentions to introduce mandatory husbandry labeling this year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 14-01-2022

German kick-off for digital transition on hold

Germany's digital transition is delayed as ministries still have not determined where different competencies will lie, despite it, along with climate change, being one of the key focus areas of the new government's coalition agreement.
Agrifood 13-01-2022

Germany’s pesticide rules have major shortcomings – report

Germany's legal framework for using plant protection products has significant shortcomings, the conclusions of a report presented on Wednesday by an alliance of various associations shows. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 12-01-2022

Google proposes measures addressing German antitrust body’s concerns

Google has proposed measures on Wednesday (12 January) to address concerns raised by the German antitrust authority in the ongoing case regarding the Google News Showcase platform. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Green finance row splits Berlin

The EU is in the final stages of honing its green finance rules and a leaked draft proposing that nuclear and gas should receive the label for the transition has prompted complaints from Berlin. But positions differ even inside the new German coalition government
27-12-2021

What to expect in EU policymaking in 2022

After yet another year of continuing COVID worries across Europe, EU policymaking is expected to stay the course and wrap up a number of major legislative initiatives in 2022 that should set the stage for the continent's green and digital transition.
Agrifood 23-12-2021

German agricultural reform plans ‘jeopardise’ organic farming target

For organic farmers, Germany's plans for implementing the EU's agricultural reform run counter to achieving the 30 percent target for organic farming set by the new coalition government. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Agrifood 17-12-2021

New German agri minister stresses forest protection at first EU meeting

During his first agriculture and fisheries council, new German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir presented himself as an advocate of climate protection and animal welfare as the ministers discussed measures against deforestation.
Politics 15-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Ukraine is litmus test for Scholz’s new foreign policy

In an emerging multipolar world, Germany will need to be more assertive to defend European and transatlantic values. However, it remains to be seen if the new Chancellor Olaf Scholz will rise to the occasion, and the first signs are not too promising.
Health 15-12-2021

Sustainability core requirement for German Bundesliga

It is the start of a new era in German football: a female chief at the helm of one of the largest European football leagues and mandatory sustainability criteria for the 36 biggest German clubs.
Health 15-12-2021

Extreme weather, floods, is a ‘huge issue’ for football

As temperatures rise and the likelihood of extreme weather events increases, football has discovered a new passion for sustainability. Could climate adaptation enter the sporting limelight?
Elections 08-12-2021

Germany’s new government bets on inaugural trips to help bolster EU’s key role

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, sworn in as Germany's new chancellor on Wednesday (8 December), will already be embarking on a series of inaugural visits across Europe, accompanied by his foreign minister, Green co-leader Annalena Baerbock
Politics 08-12-2021

The Brief — Parties that wanted a ‘departure’ chose a true veteran to lead them

As 16 years of Angela Merkel finally came to an end today, with Olaf Scholz sworn in as the new German chancellor, the sense of departure that had been in the air was no longer truly felt.
Energy 07-12-2021

Germany’s Altmaier: Economy ministry is ‘something again’

After four years at the helm of the federal economy and energy ministry, a coal phase-out and a pandemic, Peter Altmaier passes the torch to Greens co-leader Robert Habeck, who will chair the new 'super-ministry' of energy, economy and now also climate protection
Politics 07-12-2021

Kurz’s resignation paves way for return to traditional conservative politics in Austria

The inauguration of Karl Nehammer as Austria's new chancellor on Monday (6 December) marked the end of the era of Sebastian Kurz and set the course for a return to the traditional political structures of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).
Data protection 06-12-2021

Germany’s new government will firmly defend encryption, key Social Democrat says

The next German government intends to speak more strongly in favour of end-to-end encryption and against the introduction of backdoors, Jens Zimmermann, the digital policy expert for the Social Democrats (SPD) who co-negotiated the coalition agreement's chapter on digitalisation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany’s liberal FDP rules out additional debt for investments

The three parties of Germany's next government have made it clear they want to make the coming years a decade of investments for the future. Where the resources for such investments will come from, however, remains unclear.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany rejects relaxation of EU fiscal rules

Under a Liberal-led finance ministry, Germany will take a hard line on EU fiscal policy and reject calls from southern EU countries to relax fiscal rules. However, the business-friendly FDP is open to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 01-12-2021

The Brief, powered by ELF — Times have never been better for EU reform

There has never been a better time to push for European integration. With pro-European governments in France, Italy and Germany, reform of the bloc seems to be within reach – for the first time in years.  The shift is especially...