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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.
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.
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.
Cybersecurity 15-10-2021

Russian cyberattacks during German elections not yet used for disinformation

The information captured by the cyberattacks carried out against Bundestag lawmakers during Germany's federal election by a hacker group said to be associated with the Russian secret service GRU was not used for disinformation but could still give Russia a strategic edge, officials and experts have said.
Climate change 08-10-2021

Six EU countries ‘strongly’ condemn Commission’s EU forest strategy

Forestry ministers of six EU countries strongly criticised the European Commission's forestry strategy following an informal meeting in Vienna this week, saying the Commission had not sufficiently respected the principle of subsidiarity. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 06-10-2021

German agri minister slams Commission over trade agreement sustainability

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has urged the European Commission to insist on more consistent sustainability standards when negotiating future free trade agreements with third countries.
Digital & Media 30-09-2021

Russia announces retaliation over RT YouTube ban

Russia is threatening to retaliate against German media and Youtube after the latter permanently deleted the account of the German offshoot of Russia Today (RT) for repeatedly breaking community guidelines on disinformation.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 27-09-2021

Commission says Germany lags behind in reducing agriculture emissions

The European Commission has highlighted Germany's lack of progress in reducing emissions by implementing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Industry associations also see current plans as falling short of the mark. EURACTIV Germany reports.
French agriculture
Agrifood 24-09-2021

New German arable strategy fails to impress environmentalists, organic farmers

Although Germany's annual harvest and arable farming report was revised at the end of August to take account of the climate crisis, it still includes changes that remain just 'symbolic politics' for environmentalist NGOs and organic farmers.
Agrifood 23-09-2021

Ball now in court of German states to protect species in agriculture

Germany must do more to promote the protection of biodiversity when implementing the EU agricultural reform, the European Commission has said. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 22-09-2021

How will Germany implement the CAP’s green targets?

EU farm ministers agreed to a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in July that favours "greener" farming practices, with terms like "eco-schemes" and environmental "conditionality" taking centre stage during the negotiations. But what does this concretely mean for German agriculture? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 20-09-2021

Germany’s roadmap for greener CAP subsidies

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EU countries have been given more freedom than ever to implement national agricultural policies that are more climate and environmentally friendly. But where does Germany stand when it comes to implementing the EU's plans for a greener agriculture?
Agrifood 20-09-2021

German farmers, environmentalists slam current state of eco-schemes

Farmers and environmentalists are calling on Germany to improve the implementation of the green architecture in the Common Agricultural Policy. But between German elections and looming deadlines, it is unclear whether this can be done on time. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 13-09-2021

EPP bureau meets in Berlin as German election upheaval looms

Held in Berlin, the European People's Party (EPP) bureau meeting was unusually tense this year as the European Parliament’s largest political party risks losing control of the EU’s largest state, Germany.
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Germany’s new cybersecurity strategy unlikely to have effect after elections

In the final stages before the Bundestag elections, the cabinet adopted a cyber security strategy. However, its goals and measures are unlikely to be implemented by the next government. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 03-09-2021

Germany to invest billions to bring semiconductor production back to Europe

As part of a major European project, Germany wants to invest several billion euros into bringing semiconductor production back to Europe, with the aim of strengthening German and European technological sovereignty. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 01-09-2021

Google to invest in Germany on data centres, renewable energy

Google will invest in the expansion of its cloud data centres and renewable energy facilities, though critics continue to accuse it of showing a lack of ambition on innovative green technologies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 27-08-2021

Is German industry at risk of falling behind in digitalisation?

The German economy is in danger of falling behind in Industry 4.0, digital association Bitkom warned in one of its position papers published on Thursday (26 August). The paper warns that failing to digitalise the industry could have a serious impact on both growth and employment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-08-2021

How worried is Germany about Afghan refugees?

The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan is raising fears of a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis in Germany as the country presses ahead with the evacuations of vulnerable Afghans and local staff. But, according to academics and civil society, such a fear is unwarranted. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 30-07-2021

French egg industry backs chick culling ban, calls for EU-wide extension

After French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie announced a ban on the crushing of male chicks, questions arose as to how feasible such a move would be, particularly regarding the cost and adopted technique. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-07-2021

Experts: Deadly floods made worse by misguided farming practices

German environmental organisations are calling for flood protection measures to be improved and for a change to the way agricultural soils are used weeks after catastrophic flash floods deluged the country and left more than 200 dead across Western Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 28-07-2021

German carmakers partially shut down amid semiconductor shortage

The German automotive industry is continuing to struggle with a severe supply shortage in semiconductors, while national and European authorities are trying to boost local production capacities.
Cybersecurity 27-07-2021

German county targeted by ransomware asks military for help

The entire IT infrastructure of the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district administration, which was paralysed after being targeted by a ransomware attack at the start of July, has requested assistance from the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces.
Digital & Media 26-07-2021

Germany’s push for tighter tech regulation

German lawmakers are making the case for tighter obligations for online platforms in the upcoming EU legislation, as they fear that it could produce weaker rules than their current national framework, EURACTIV Germany reports.