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Agrifood 26-11-2021

New German coalition plans mandatory animal welfare label, restructuring of farm subsidies

Germany's next government will introduce compulsory livestock labelling and revise the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies, according to the coalition agreement the three parties agreed to on Wednesday (24 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 24-11-2021

German parties seal deal on new ‘traffic light’ coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, two months after the general elections, with Olaf Scholz to succeed Angela Merkel as the new chancellor in December. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2021

Experts call for enhanced efforts to mainstream equality

Member states must take more concrete and legally binding steps to ensure equality in public and private institutions, and policy-making, according to experts at the recent Conference on Promoting Equality Mainstreaming on Friday 19 November.
Digital & Media 19-11-2021

Legal opinion on data retention enters Germany’s coalition talks

The EU Advocate General's rejection of groundless data retention increases pressure on Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), who are currently navigating the issue as a part of ongoing coalition negotiations. The new ruling could lead them to relent on their stance. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 19-11-2021

Business as usual for next Franco-German couple, despite sticking points

While some argue that the next Franco-German power couple could be business as usual, there are some potential sticking points ahead.
Elections 17-11-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook — Officers to captain a troubled ship

This could also be titled 'Perhaps the last big tent party', as the German conservatives grapple with the inevitable fall-out of their decline and defeat in September.
Politics 17-11-2021

Content moderation policies continue to face core dilemmas

A new report by the Danish think tank Justitia calls for embedding content moderation in an international human rights framework to ensure common international standards. Yet, critics warn that this voluntary approach is too weak to tackle the ‘Infodemic’.
Agrifood 17-11-2021

Berlin says carbon farming ‘high priority’ as farmers call for further action

While carbon farming is a priority for the German government, farmers say they are not doing enough to support measures financially. Environmentalists add that some of the promoted practices have limited climate value.
Non-discrimination 16-11-2021

EU has more work to do for human rights and tolerance

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is still lacking visibility and use, especially within the EU member states, according to Michael O'Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), who addressed EU lawmakers on Monday (15 November).
Health 15-11-2021

FIFA pledges climate neutrality by 2040, faces criticism on offset reliance

As national leaders pledged their countries' adherence to climate targets of varying degrees of stringency at COP26 in Glasgow, the international governing football body FIFA made an ambitious pledge to become climate neutral by 2040.
Digital & Media 15-11-2021

EU Parliament, countries want more innovation, less burden in AI Act

The recent parliamentary report on AI calls for the AI Act not to overburden companies and be more innovation-friendly. Member states have similar concerns, with Estonia being particularly outspoken on the issue.
Coronavirus 15-11-2021

Austria introduces lockdown for the unvaccinated

Austrians who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine, around 25% of the population, will be placed into a fully-fledged lockdown from Monday (15 November). But according to experts, additional measures will soon be needed to combat the rise in infection rates.
Cybersecurity 11-11-2021

Ransomware attacks target German companies at the same time

Several German companies, including electronics retail companies MediaMarkt and Saturn, have been affected by ransomware attacks in recent days. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 10-11-2021

Seasonal farm workers in Germany exposed to ‘massive labour rights violations’

Seasonal agriculture workers are exposed to numerous labour rights violations in Germany, according to a new report by the Fair Agriculture Initiative alliance on seasonal work in German agriculture. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 09-11-2021

Low supply of digital services an obstacle to Germany’s digitalisation

The use of digital services in Germany is mainly hampered by low supply and limited practicability, a representative study by the Boston Consulting Group has found. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 05-11-2021

Germany’s rural residents happy with quality of life, bemoan job diversity

A majority of residents in rural regions in Germany are satisfied with their quality of life the situation is less positive when it comes to jobs, digitalisation and public transport links, a study commissioned by the agriculture ministry published on Monday (1 November) found. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 03-11-2021

The Brief – Germany’s crisis of conservatism

After a resounding defeat in the German federal election, where 16 years of conservative rule came to an end, the CDU is trying to put the party on a new footing. But it is clearly struggling to rebrand conservatism.
5G 29-10-2021

Austria to also rely on Huawei in 5G rollout

Austria is on course to expand its 5G network, using Chinese supplier Huawei despite other countries refusing to partner with them and some going as far as banning the company due to supposed security risks. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Cybersecurity 22-10-2021

Cybercrime threat in Germany higher than ever before

Threat levels for IT security in Germany are higher than ever before as cyberthreats increase and cybercriminals become increasingly professional, according to the IT Security Situation Report 2021 published by the Federal Office Information Security (BSI) on Thursday (21 October). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 20-10-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — A yellow traffic light for fiscal integration

“Generating energy from friction,” “focusing on the joint big picture,” — the parties likely to form Germany’s new government are competing for the blandest metaphors in an effort to signal love, peace, and harmony within the budding three-way alliance.
Digital & Media 20-10-2021

What Germany’s likely coalition has in store for digitalisation

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), the business-friendly FDP and the Greens, who are soon to hold coalition talks, have pointed to digitalisation as one of the top priorities in a preliminary coalition agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 19-10-2021

Commission’s advertisement team-up with UEFA raises hackles

The launch of the European Commission’s new #EveryTrickCounts campaign seeks to leverage the widespread love of Europe’s favourite sport but has resulted in ridicule and scathing accusations of "greenwashing".
18-10-2021

EU countries urge Commission to aid crisis-stricken pig meat sector

Twenty EU countries have called on the European Commission to step up action on the crisis-ridden pig meat sector, struggling with disease and the COVID-19 pandemic, with farmers' associations calling it an "existential threat to all farms".
Elections 18-10-2021

Germany’s likely new coalition wants more EU sovereignty, fossil car ban

Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, and the business-friendly FDP have reached a preliminary agreement including plans to end the internal combustion engine and take an assertive stance on the rule of law in the EU.