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.
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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.