About: Annalena Baerbock

Elections 06-10-2021

German small parties pick Social Democrats over conservatives for coalition talks

Germany’s Greens and the liberal FDP, two kingmakers after the inconclusive federal election, have announced they want to launch talks about a potential coalition with the Social Democrat SPD, rather than with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. The first discussions are planned for Thursday (7 October).
Elections 27-09-2021

Greens and Liberals hold key to form next German government

Following Sunday's federal election, the most likely outcome for the new German Bundestag is one of two coalitions: a Social Democrat-led 'traffic light'-coalition or a Conservative-led 'Jamaica'-coalition. Both camps will now try to win over kingmakers, the Greens and Liberals, to secure a stable majority.
Elections 26-09-2021

Parties start election poker in Germany as SPD clinches narrow win

Germany's Social Democrats clinched a narrow victory over Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives in Sunday's federal election, but leaders of both parties quickly claimed their right to try to build a coalition government.
Elections 22-09-2021

Shakeup in Berlin – German 2021 elections

The upcoming German federal elections are already dubbed 'historic': Veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down after 16 years in office while her conservative CDU/CSU union is polling at historic lows and trailing the Social Democrats, who are in pole position ahead of the 26 September vote.
Elections 20-09-2021

Scholz and Baerbock close ranks in final German election debate

During Germany’s third and final televised election debate, Social Democrat candidate Olaf Scholz and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock stood together against conservative candidate Armin Laschet on most issues. EU policy, meanwhile, was again sidelined from the debate.
Elections 13-09-2021

Scholz seen as winner from Germany’s second TV election debate

Conservative candidate Armin Laschet, from the ruling CDU/CSU coalition, sought to make up for lost ground in opinion polls by attacking his socialist rival Olaf Scholz during Germany’s second televised election debate.
Elections 09-09-2021

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites to Scholz, Laschet

By hosting two contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor this week, President Emmanuel Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing the outcome of Germany's election and its effect on a partnership crucial to Europe's future.
Energy 31-08-2021

German think-tanks ring climate alarm as candidates squabble over minutiae

Five million Germans watched their future Chancellor debate environmental issues on Sunday (29 August), amid calls from prominent think-tanks who highlighted Germany’s legal obligation to cut emissions 65% by 2030.
Energy 30-08-2021

Coal exit debate haunts German parties ahead of election

With the German elections less than a month away, the country’s agreed 2038 coal exit looks increasingly untenable. Yet, with voters increasingly concerned about the climate, leaders' past policy choices are coming back to haunt them.
Elections 30-08-2021

First German election debate reveals divisions on climate policy

Only four weeks ahead of the German election, the three lead candidates met on Sunday (30 August) to debate the future of Europe’s biggest economy. While the most contested issue was climate policy, there was one topic in the debate that was almost missing completely from the agenda: the European Union.
Elections 25-08-2021

German election 2021: Key numbers, forecasts and projections

In Europe's key election this year, Germany chooses a new parliament - and Angela Merkel's successor - on 26 September. Who will get to lead the continent's biggest economy? Will the Greens with Annalena Baerbock have the edge over Armin Laschet's conservative CDU/CSU? Or will the Social Democrat SPD be the dark horse of these polls?

The Green Brief: EU lessons from Germany’s carbon tax row

A row in Germany over a carbon tax on heating and transport fuels has revealed some of the issues that Europe may soon be confronted with when extending its own carbon market to road transport and housing.
Elections 21-05-2021

Would-be German leaders agree EU unanimity is overrated

The three candidates vying to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel have squared up for their first public debate ahead of September’s election, presenting varying positions on the EU, defence policy and the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The three would-be...
Elections 18-05-2021

Race to succeed Merkel wide open as German election nears

With veteran German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to leave the political stage after the September election, many are wondering what's next for the globe's fourth-largest economy. The race for Germany's top job is hotting up, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 07-05-2021

German Greens leader Baerbock signals post-pacifist shift on foreign policy

The German Greens' candidate for chancellor Annalena Baerbock on Thursday (6 May) said her country must be more active on foreign policy and "take more responsibility for its own security", in a sign the party is shifting from its pacifist stance towards the centre.
Politics 23-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Super League, Climate Law, Merkel Succession

Football’s all about money, wow, big shock, EU has a climate law, please don’t mock, and might German Greens stand a chance with Frau Baerbock?
Politics 22-03-2021

German Greens eye centrist vote with draft manifesto

With their draft election programme, Germany's Green party want to finally say goodbye to their image as an opposition party. Climate protection and expensive investments are central, but their ideas for tax and financial policy could become contentious.
Future EU 17-02-2020

Pull yourselves together for EU’s sake, German Greens urge CDU

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), embroiled in a leadership crisis, must unite and keep their ruling coalition stable as Germany takes on the rotating European Union presidency this year, Greens leader Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday (15 February).
Transport 03-02-2020

German Greens want to sue transport minister over motorway upgrade debacle

With the transport ministry increasing the costs to upgrade Germany's motorways, the Greens are demanding to have access to important documents related to their construction. However, the country's conservative transport minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), is stonewalling. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Elections 21-01-2020

Why are Germany’s Greens rejecting the Austrian coalition model?

Many have seen Austria's new conservative-Green coalition as a model for Europe, and especially for Germany. But the German Greens quickly distanced themselves, motivated by strategic calculation, election tactics and a concern that their more idealistic electorate would not approve it. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-06-2019

Why the success of the German Greens might not be short-lived

The German Greens struggled to ride the wave of support it received a few years ago but, following their recent success in the EU elections, this time it looks like things could be much more long-lived. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel takes a look at the state of play.
EU Elections 2019 02-04-2019

How the Greens want to become the people’s party

Germany's Greens (die Grünen) want to stabilise their steep rise in popularity and formulate new basic principles. What do they want to do differently? Read a point-by-point explanation by EURACTIV Germany's media partner Der Tagesspiegel.
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.