Global Europe 02-09-2014

Merkel defends decision to arm Iraqi Kurds with German weapons

Speaking to the Bundestag on Monday (1 September), German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the government's controversial decision to supply Kurds in northern Iraq with arms to aid their fight against the extremist Islamic State (IS). EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has suggested Snowden should return to the United States, setting off sharp criticism in the Bundestag's opposition parties. 2012 [SPD Saar/Flickr]

German minister under attack over Snowden remarks

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas has advised US whistleblower Edward Snowden to return to the United States, sparking outrage from opposition parties in the Bundestag. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the political segment of the Fifth Petersberg Dialogue in Berlin. [Presidencia Perú/Flickr]
Energy 18-07-2014

Merkel announces ambitious targets at Petersberg Climate Dialogue

For the first time since the Fukushima disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing ambitious climate targets, and plans to promote climate-friendly strategies worldwide at the annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble doubts France's claim to the Commission portfolio Economic and Monetary Affairs. [The Council of the European Union]
Euro & Finance 15-07-2014

Schäuble doubts French claim to EU Commission monetary portfolio

In light of France’s ongoing deficit problems, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed doubts over whether the country should be given the influential post of Commissioner for Monetary Affairs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Refugee welcome centre in Hamburg, Germany. May 2014 [Rasande Tyskar/Flickr]
Development Policy 15-07-2014

German minister calls for €1 billion to tackle ‘worst refugee crisis in 50 years’

In the run up to an informal meeting among EU development ministers, Germany's Gerd Müller is calling for stronger action to tackle the worldwide refugee crisis, saying that simply "raising fences" is too little. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German autobahn highway near Frankfurt am Main. 2012 [Spiegelneuronen/Flickr]
Transport 04-07-2014

Merkel could postpone German tolling scheme

Alexander Dobrindt had hoped to table his plan for a German toll on foreign car drivers before the parliament's summer break, but according to media reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put on the breaks, saying the project first needs a green light from Brussels. EURACTIV Germany reports.
4th Agriculture Science Week for West and Central Africa and the 11th General Assembly of CORAF/WECARD. June 2014, Niamey, Niger [R.Raman, AfricaRice/Flickr]
Development Policy 24-06-2014

Germany announces new approach to Africa development cooperation

Education Minister Johanna Wanka announced a change of course for German development cooperation in Africa last Friday (20 June). In the future, projects in science and research should be regionally targeted. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Price levels for private consumers in Germany are slightly higher than the EU average. [Thomas Schewe/Flickr]
Health 20-06-2014

German consumers spend less than their EU neighbours

The cost of goods and services for private consumption are slightly higher in Germany than the EU average. But in Germany, consumers live more cheaply than those in most neighbouring states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is likely to be Juncker's top choice to fill Germany's Commissioner post. [The Council of the European Union]
EU Elections 2014 20-06-2014

Defence minister is Juncker’s favourite for German Commission post

Few women can be found among EU Commissioners, something Jean-Claude Juncker says he will change if he becomes Commission president, amid news that Martin Schulz has given up vying for the post and rumours that Ursula von der Leyen is Juncker’s top choice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 20-06-2014

German leaders emphasise unity over Stability Pact course

German Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel has advocated giving crisis-ridden countries more time to get their budgets in order, triggering a debate in Germany and rumours of a divide within Germany’s grand coalition over its course for EU stability policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The skyline in Frankfurt, Germany featuring the European Central Bank (right). August 2013 [Lutz Koch/Flickr]
Euro & Finance 19-06-2014

ECB voting rights ‘rotation’ raises fears in Germany

Germany's Bundesbank may have to forego voting rights in the Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) every five months after Lithuania joins the euro zone, sparking warnings of "dangers for Germany” among conservatives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is alarmed at European election results in France and the victory of the right-wing populist Front National. [The Council of the European Union]
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

German minister warns of ‘fascist’ National Front

Wolfgang Schäuble expressed his concern over election results in France. One fourth of French voters opted for a "fascist and extremist" party, he said on Tuesday, also calling for stricter observation of eurozone budgetary policies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Martin Schulz received 27.2% of the votes in Germany during European elections on 25 May, 2014. [Parti socialiste]
EU Elections 2014 25-05-2014

Germany’s centre-right wins election, Eurosceptics near 7%

Without the 3% electoral threshold, 12 German parties could move into the European Parliament after Sunday’s (25 May) elections. Compared to the previous European elections in 2009, voter participation in Germany has increased by more than 4%. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The next for the European Parliament will take place in Germany on 25 May. [EP]
EU Elections 2014 15-05-2014

Schulz ahead of Juncker among German voters

According to a recent survey, considerably more Germans back Martin Schulz for the EU Commission presidency than Jean-Claude Juncker, while Alternative for Germany (AfD) reached a new high score: 7% of Germans said they would vote for the Eurosceptic party. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Germany's living costs are particularly high in a global comparison but in a European context they are just above average, a recent study finds. [Thorben Wenger/]

German living expenses rank high

In Germany, day-to-day goods are one-third more expensive than in the rest of the world. But German price levels rank near average in a European comparison, while living in Switzerland and Norway comes with the highest price-tag, a recent study says. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Portuguese MEP Vital Moreira is the country's most active in drafting reports, putting Portugal in first place above Germany in the VoteWatch ranking. [EP]
EU Elections 2014 07-05-2014

VoteWatch study: ‘Old’ EU member states most diligent in Parliament

Pro-Europeans in Germany will be satisfied with the results of a new study: German MEPs are the most diligent – at least in submitting co-decision reports – and on average MEPs from the 15 "old" EU member states are considerably more engaged than their colleagues from the 13 “new” members. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Left to right: President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, President of the United States of American Barack Obama, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. Brussels 2014 [The Council of the European Union]
Trade & Society 06-05-2014

Schulz on TTIP: There will be no secret negotiations

Instead of trying to cripple negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, opponents should participate in talks, said German Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel, while top European candidate Martin Schulz declared TTIP a top priority to "regain lost trust". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. [The Council of the European Union]
Development Policy 05-05-2014

Austria to cut development funds by one-fifth

Austria plans to contribute less funds to development cooperation in the coming year, amid breach of promise accusations and talk of an "international shame" among development organisations. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Munich 2011 [digital cat/Flickr]

Germany’s 2004 EU enlargement fears were unfounded, survey finds

German firms feared higher competition from companies in new member states after the 2004 Eastern enlargement of the European Union. But ten years later, hardly any of these fears have materialised, a new survey reveals. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Athens, April 2014. [Bundesregierung/Kugler]
Euro & Finance 16-04-2014

German study belittles optimism over Greek recovery

For the first time in four years, Greece has acquired fresh money from the bond market. But amid explosive demand, and euphoria among investors, a study released by a research centre in Freiburg warns of premature optimism. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU-US Summit. Brussels 2013 [EC]
Trade & Society 11-04-2014

Study reveals German-US scepticism over TTIP

Most Germans and Americans support the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a recent study shows. But the devil is in the details, as both sides remain sceptical of each other’s standards, and Germans lack trust in EU negotiators. EURACTIV Germany reports.
El Fasher, North Darfur 2010 [UNAMID/Flickr]
Development Policy 10-04-2014

NGOs: Germany’s development promises are ‘deception’

Despite billions in pledged aid, Germany will miss the 0.7% target for development funding by 2015. NGOs spoke of "deception", calling on the country to finally take responsibility. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel cabinet agrees on €8.50 minimum wage

Almost all EU member states already have a legal minimum wage covering all sectors. After a decision in Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday (2 April), the German government plans to join them, introducing an € 8.50 national wage floor. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Foreign ministers Laurent Fabius (France), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany), und Rados?aw Sikorski (Poland) at a joint press conference in Weimar. [Auswärtiges Amt © photothek/Im]
Europe's East 02-04-2014

EU ministers call for new neighbourhood policy

In a joint meeting this week, foreign ministers from Poland, France and Germany called for greater accommodation of states that want to be closer to the European Union. EURACTIV Germany reports.