About: Christian Lindner

Economy & Jobs 24-05-2022

Mixed reactions to suspension of EU fiscal rules

While EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (23 May) discussed the pros and cons of the EU Commission’s proposal to keep the EU’s fiscal rules suspended for another year, civil society organisations used the opportunity to question the fiscal rules more fundamentally.
Europe's East 20-05-2022

G7 agree on $18.4 billion to keep Ukraine running, ready with more

The Group of Seven's financial leaders agreed on $18.4 billion to help Ukraine pay its bills in coming months and said they were ready to stand by Kyiv throughout its war with Russia and do more if needed.
Economy & Jobs 19-05-2022

EU Commission proposes Ukraine reconstruction platform

Along with a €9 billion increase in short-term budgetary aid to the Ukrainian government, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday (18 May) setting up a reconstruction platform for Ukraine to help with the massive financing needs of rebuilding the country.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2022

Is transatlantic trade back on the table?

As the Russian invasion is forcing the EU to cut many of the economic ties it still has with Russia, the US under president Biden are presenting themselves as the obvious partner for the future.
Energy 07-03-2022

Berlin to unleash €200 billion for climate protection until 2026

The German government will funnel an extra €200 billion into climate protection, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said in a move widely considered a bid to pacify their Green coalition partners
Europe's East 07-03-2022

German ministers warn against boycotting Russian oil

Germany's finance and foreign ministers cautioned Sunday (6 March) against banning Russian energy imports as the West searches for ways to tighten the screws on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine triggers U-turn in Germany’s foreign policy thinking

The German government has broken with its long-standing tradition of its foreign and security policy that was rooted in ‘peace’ diplomacy and reserved defence spending and termed the Ukraine war to be a “turning point” in its policy approach.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2022

Coalition against EU debt rule reform shows cracks

Eight EU countries known as “the alliance of responsibility" who spoke out in favour of an early return to strict debt rules in a position paper in September 2021 are being pushed towards compromise with even Germany adopting a more conciliatory tone. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Germany, France show divisions on EU budget rules

Germany and France laid out differing visions for the future of the European economy Monday (17 January), signalling a fight later this year to overhaul the bloc's strict rules on government spending.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2022

German finance minister announces comeback for debt brake in 2023

In his inaugural speech to the German parliament, the liberal finance minister Christian Lindner argued for fiscal restraint but showed openness for more public investment to strengthen growth and decarbonise the economy.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2022

Auditors: Berlin’s €60b climate fund booster ‘constitutionally questionable’

Germany's plans to supercharge its climate fund with unused credit lines from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to speed up the country's shift towards a green economy, have now been called into question by national auditors.

Green finance row splits Berlin

The EU is in the final stages of honing its green finance rules and a leaked draft proposing that nuclear and gas should receive the label for the transition has prompted complaints from Berlin. But positions differ even inside the new German coalition government
Economic governance 14-12-2021

French and German finance ministers stress common interests in first meeting

Although he is known to be a hardline opponent of public debt, the new German finance minister showed his openness to compromise during his first trip to Paris only days after taking office.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany’s liberal FDP rules out additional debt for investments

The three parties of Germany's next government have made it clear they want to make the coming years a decade of investments for the future. Where the resources for such investments will come from, however, remains unclear.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2021

Germany rejects relaxation of EU fiscal rules

Under a Liberal-led finance ministry, Germany will take a hard line on EU fiscal policy and reject calls from southern EU countries to relax fiscal rules. However, the business-friendly FDP is open to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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.
Internet governance 28-05-2019

Kramp-Karrenbauer faces backlash over ‘censorship’ calls

A broad debate should be held on the possible regulation of political views expressed online, the leader of Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), said on Monday. But she faced an immediate backlash, with some accusing her of advocating censorship.
EU Elections 2019 29-01-2019

Germany’s liberals sign off on European election programme

At its European party congress on Sunday (27 January), the liberal FDP party elected Nicola Beer as its Spitzenkandidat and also adopted its election programme. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 25-01-2019

Donations to German parties soar during elections, raising concerns

The financial statements of German political parties for 2017 once again demonstrated that business is particularly generous during elections, with the Union of CDU and CSU benefitting in particular. Critics argue that these donations distort democracy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 07-12-2017

German coalition: Wolfgang Kubicki and the U-turn à la FDP

Wolfgang Kubicki has known the political business for more than 30 years. Such an experienced man, one could assume, makes no rookie mistakes. If someone like him wants to spread a message, he exactly knows what he is doing. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
Elections 16-10-2017

Merkel suffers local election setback as Schulz survives to fight another day

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost a closely-watched regional vote on Sunday (15 October), weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month's general election.
Future EU 05-10-2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Current conditions are ideal to push the EU towards becoming a European federal state, according to one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, Rainer Wieland. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 20-09-2017

Merkel’s EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.