About: Gerd Müller

Languages & Culture 09-07-2018

German firms promised ‘Marshall Plan’ tax breaks for African projects

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 Policy 27-06-2017

SDG advocate: ‘Development projects cannot be designed in Brussels’

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.
Development Policy 20-01-2017

German minister: ‘Morocco and Tunisia face a real threat of terrorism’

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.
Development Policy 07-12-2016

Africa has mixed reaction to Germany’s ‘Marshall Plan’ proposal

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.
Climate change 16-11-2016

Germany positive about 2050 climate targets, 2020 looks less promising

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.

Development Policy 02-11-2016

Ex-development minister: ‘If men were the ones giving birth, healthcare would be better equipped’

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.

Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund’s work

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.
Development Policy 14-01-2016

Gerd Müller: Withholding knowledge is ‘akin to murder’

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.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

German politicians disagree over use of development aid

Germany is now trying to limit the number of refugees crossing its borders. Ministers have come to blows on the issue. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Climate change 04-12-2015

Germany backs island nations’ bid for 1.5 degrees target

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.
Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Climate change: German and South African cities to tackle threat together

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.
Development Policy 23-09-2015

Müller: Gulf states ‘have to contribute as well’

German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, has called upon Persian Gulf states to do more to tackle the refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 10-09-2015

African politicians criticise ‘risk averse’ German companies

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 Policy 13-07-2015

Commission laments EU development aid cuts

All eyes are on the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa this week, but the EU is still failing to meet its development targets. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 19-06-2015

Germany’s Müller targets sustainability with new Asia strategy

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.
Development Policy 12-06-2015

Experts call for amendment to German constitution to reach SDGs

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.
Development Policy 13-05-2015

Record growth for German fair trade products

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.
Development Policy 04-05-2015

Fire source and peace force: The role of religion in development

Since 9/11, religion has been considered a source of conflict. But Germany's Development Ministry wants to reevaluate the the positive role it can play in developing countries.
Development Policy 24-04-2015

German fair textile initiative seeks international alliance

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.
Development Policy 08-04-2015

German ministers visit West Africa with ‘lessons from Ebola’

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.
Development Policy 25-03-2015

German Minister plans ‘Green Revolution’ to combat world hunger

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.
Development Policy 19-03-2015

German development aid hits record high in draft budget

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.
Development Policy 24-02-2015

EU Development Year puts fair consumption in the spotlight

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.
Development Policy 10-02-2015

Foodwatch: German TTIP study ‘utopian’

Consumer rights NGO foodwatch sharply criticised a German Development Ministry study on TTIP, saying the planned EU-US free trade agreement is a poverty scheme for the world’s poorest countries, and is an “interest-driven sham”. EURACTIV Germany reports.