Dario Sarmadi, EURACTIV.de

A colourful fruit market in São Paulo Brazil. 2011 [Jack Zalium/Flickr]
Development Policy 25-07-2014

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. [The Council of the European Union]
Energy 25-06-2014

Germany’s top EU official in Brussels wins backing for second term

Günther Oettinger has secured a second term in office as Germany’s EU Commissioner in Brussels after winning support from the German coalition government on Monday (23 June). It is unclear yet whether he will remain Energy Commissioner. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 7 seats in the European Parliament after European elections on 25 May. [Caruso Pinguin/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

German left blames CDU for populist surge

The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party celebrated after sending their first MEPs to to the European Parliament yesterday (25 May), triggering a blame game between leftists and conservatives over who should bear responsibility. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Gabi Zimmer is the top candidate for Germany's Left Party (Die Linke) in the 2014 European elections. [Gabi Zimmer]
EU Elections 2014 23-05-2014

German Left Party: ‘Eurosceptic AfD is our political opponent’

Germany's Left Party (Die Linke) calls for EU-wide referenda, criticises austerity policy and denounces bailouts for banks, sparking claims of significant overlap with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). The Left Party rejects these allegations. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker took part in a final debate on Tuesday (20 May)  just 5 days ahead of the 2014 EU elections. Brussels 2012 [European Parliament/Flickr]
Global Europe 21-05-2014

Juncker and Schulz say ‘no’ to Turkey in last TV duel

In their final debate on German television ahead of the EU elections, the two leading candidates for the European Commission promised that Turkey would not join the club under their watch. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Anti-Nazi demonstrators in Berlin block a demonstration by the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). April 2014 [Mike Herbst/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 16-05-2014

European debut for Germany’s ‘dying’ extreme right?

For the first time, right-wing extremists could win a seat in the European Parliament with a campaign driven by deep-seated hate for "the gypsies" and "the Brussels EU-Moloch". But it is the EU itself, which could save the party from ruin. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Multinational corporations like Bayer CropScience and BASF want to promote rice production in Africa and Asia. Under the Federal Development Ministry's German Food Partnerships (GFP) project, they receive government funding. [Michael Heimann/pixelio.de]
Development Policy 08-05-2014

Oxfam: German food project ‘ignores subsistence farmers’

A wide range of NGOs are criticising Germany's development policy, claiming Berlin is increasingly accommodating the interests of big agricultural companies. Meanwhile, a recent Oxfam report describess devastating effects for smallholders. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel shakes hands with Martin Schulz, top candidate for the European Socialists. Brussels 2014 [EP]
EU Elections 2014 06-05-2014

Sigmar Gabriel: Don’t cheat voters out of EU elections

In the run-up to the EU elections, Germany's social democrats fear for European democracy: Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel suspects “back room deals” on the Commission presidency nomination, while Martin Schulz is afraid Neo-Nazis could move into the European Parliament. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. December 2012 [The Council of the European Union]
EU Elections 2014 30-04-2014

German public TV downplays EU presidential debate

The public broadcasting decision in Germany to feature the Europe-wide television debate between European top candidates on a “special interest channel” with little viewers has been sharply criticised by politicians, experts and tens of thousands of Internet users. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Less Europe and more Merkel: MEP Rainer Wieland from Germany's Christian Democratic Union explains the party's European election strategy. [EP]
EU Elections 2014 24-04-2014

German centre-right: ‘Only with Merkel can we reach voters’

For Germany's centre-right, Europe only plays a supporting role in the EU elections, explained Parliament VP Rainer Wieland. European politics are unimaginable without Angela Merkel, while topics like data protection and Ukraine "do not win elections". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Sigmar Gabriel is Germany's federal minister of economic affairs and energy and former minister of environment. Germany 2013 [SPD Schleswig-Holstein/Flickr]
Energy 15-04-2014

German energy minister: ‘EU partners think we are crazy’

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Energy Minister, blames Europe's periphery for dragging its feet on global warming and renewable energies. But the Green party, and NGO Greenpeace, accuse the coal-friendly politician of hypocrisy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Producers in Germany's mechanical engineering sector add to the country's high innovation capability score, thanks to the country's well-established "industrial ecosystem". Germany 2013 [Arbeitgeberverband Gesamtmetall/Flickr]

Germany ranks high in innovation capability

Germany is one of the most innovative countries in Europe, according to the Institute for Innovation and Technology. Less certain is whether it will be able to maintain its position. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is the face of the CDU's European election campaign. Photo: August 2005 [Simon Müller/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 08-04-2014

Merkel’s CDU plans ‘business as usual’ for EU elections

Germany's Christian Democrats intend to enter the European Parliament elections on 25 May with unity, optimism and a clear commitment to Europe. On Saturday (5 April) the party nominated David McAllister to be its top candidate, but Angela Merkel will be the party's main mascot. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 22-11-2013

African farmers face soil erosion, fertiliser puzzle

SPECIAL REPORT / Every year the world loses roughly 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil, with chemical fertilisers singled out as one of the main culprits. Yet, agriculture experts are calling for more widespread use of the substances to improve land fertility and boost yields.
Agrifood 21-11-2013

Humble potato ‘must go to Africa’, Germany insists

SPECIAL REPORT / Partnering with the private sector, Germany wants more potatoes to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to address chronic food shortages. But development aid groups are sceptical about mixing business interests with public funding.
Agrifood 19-11-2013

German Food Partnership brings private sector to the table

SPECIAL REPORT / The German government speaks of a paradigm shift in development policy, where the public and private sector partner with local farmers to fight hunger in the developing world. But NGOs have called the German Food Partnership (GFP) deceptive, saying it will support industrialisation without helping the poorest farmers.
Agrifood 18-11-2013

Women to spearhead next ‘Green Revolution’

SPECIAL REPORT / Nearly one billion people suffer from chronic hunger worldwide. To sustainably feed a growing world population, the United Nations, farmers' organisations and numerous NGOs are calling for a new ‘Green Revolution’ that would empower small farmers – especially women.