Creating responsible global supply chains with fair wages and working conditions is a key theme for Germany’s labour ministry (BMAS) during the country’s EU Council Presidency. On Tuesday (6 October), Labour Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) made the case for a national and eventually European framework.
Germany plans to use public money to support companies which invest in Africa, part of a new "Marshall Plan" with which it hopes to tackle the roots of the refugee crisis that has convulsed European politics since 2015.
Development is not a one-way street, rather it is a dialogue, according to SDG advocate Dr Alaa Murabit. She told EURACTIV Germany that she supports the EU’s Consensus on Development but warned against making investment conditional.
German Development Minister Gerd Müller does not want to hold North African countries hostage with aid cuts. He also insisted that hunger is a solvable issue, if the will is there. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Germany’s planned ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa has been greeted with both optimism and scepticism, with its supporters hailing it as a cure for Africa’s age old development problems and its critics questioning Germany’s true intentions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Environmentalists have praised Germany for its ambitious 2050 emissions targets, where it is aiming for a 95% reduction in comparison to 1990 levels. But things are less rosy when it comes to its 2020 targets. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Hundreds of thousands of women die during or after childbirth, and HIV often affects young women in poorer countries. Germany’s former Development Minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul told EURACTIV Germany that the EU has to do more to empower women.
The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Before International Green Week, Germany's Minister for Development, Gerd Müller, called for a "new dimension of development cooperation" on world hunger, to better tackle the refugee crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel.
The international community wants to agree on a two degree limit at the COP21 summit, but smaller island-nations want a 1.5 degree limit - and they will enjoy German support. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / In the fight against climate change, local communities are of crucial importance. The cities of Bremen and Durban have teamed up to share expertise and technical know-how in a project that is beneficial for all involved. EURACTIV Germany reports.
While German politicians have labelled Africa as a "continent of opportunity" for the German economy, African representatives lament the perceived risk-aversion of German companies. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Development Minister Gerd Müller’s new strategy for Germany’s involvement in Asia intends to helo the booming continent achieve environmentally and socially acceptable growth with aid from German citizens and businesses. Critics are sceptical. EURACTIV Germany reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / In September, the international community plans to set the new development goals (SDGs), for wealthy, industrialised countries as well. Now, experts in Germany are calling for tough reforms to end suffering in the global South.
German consumers spent considerably more money on fair trade products last year, with only British customers spending more in the EU, ahead of the introduction of a pioneer fair trade label on sustainable clothes in the Federal Republic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Almost two years since the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, German textile associations agreed on membership requirements for the government's proposed textile alliance, while apparel manufacturing giants still reject the project. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Gerd Müller and Hermann Gröhe travelled to Ghana and Liberia on Tuesday (7 April) to strengthen the healthcare system in Africa. But industry officials were not in their delegation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
With green innovation centres “Made in Germany”, Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to eradicate world hunger by 2030, while critics warn the biggest winners in the new initiative could be the wrong ones. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Berlin's draft budget is on its way, with plans for a massive increase in development aid. Still, critics fear the numbers could be distorted, and warn against the improper allocation of resources. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Germany and the European Commission officially kicked-off the European Year for Development 2015 with the clear message that, even in the age of globalisation, industrialised countries can also stand to benefit from good living conditions in the rest of the world. EURACTIV Germany reports.