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Agrifood 23-12-2020

Food origin label: EU countries steer Commission toward animal products

Agriculture ministers have prompted the EU executive to prioritise products of animal origin if a mandatory indication of food origin will be included in the upcoming proposal for EU-wide front-of-pack labelling.
Global Europe 07-12-2020

EU countries feel ‘numb’ about Turkey ahead of critical EU summit

EU member states cannot find a common ground to respond to an escalating situation with Turkey ahead of a crucial summit later this week, EURACTIV has learnt.
Brexit 02-12-2020

Members worry EU will bend as Brexit talks run out of road

EU member states on Tuesday (1 December) warned European negotiators not to lose their nerve in negotiations with Britain, in a rare reproach as post-Brexit talks entered their most delicate phase.
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2020

Eurozone agrees to reform eurozone bailout fund

European finance ministers agreed on Monday (30 November) to crucial reforms of the eurozone's bailout fund, which had been put aside for a year amid reluctance from Italy and the coronavirus crisis.
Enlargement 18-11-2020

Bulgaria spells out conditions for unblocking North Macedonia’s EU path

Bulgaria vetoed the decision to open EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia on Tuesday (17 November), a move which indirectly also affects Albania, another Western Balkans candidate which has advanced on its EU path in tandem with Skopje.

EU governments’ upcoming rule of law peer review: better get off on the right foot

After years of tiptoeing around the issue, EU governments are finally set to check on each other's records on the rule of law. This is a significant step forward, but governments have to take this broad dialogue seriously and talks must lead to action, argues Linda Ravo, an expert adviser at the Civil Liberties Union for Europe.
The German Presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital 05-11-2020

German Presidency charts new COVID19 ‘metadata’ rules in leaked ePrivacy text

The German EU Council presidency is seeking to permit the processing of metadata in online communications for 'monitoring epidemics' or to help in 'natural or man-made disasters,' according to a leaked text on the ePrivacy regulation obtained by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

EU budget talks: Parliament sees the ball in German presidency’s court

Negotiations on the EU's long-term budget will enter their seventh round on Thursday (8 October). The European Parliament, which demands more money for EU programmes and clarity on the rule of law, views the ball in the German Council Presidency's court. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Corruption puts the future of the European Union at risk

Protests against government corruption have been rocking Bulgaria since August. MEP Daniel Freund, who was in Sofia last week to meet with protesters, shares his impressions.
Global Europe 24-09-2020

German foreign, economy ministers in quarantine after coronavirus contacts

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier became the country's second cabinet member to enter quarantine, writing that he would stay at home after coming into contact with the aide of another European Union minister who had tested positive.
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

Finance ministers to discuss fiscal dumping inside the EU at Berlin meeting

EU finance ministers will discuss how to combat harmful tax practices within the EU during their informal meeting in Berlin this weekend, according to the German presidency's preparatory documents seen by EURACTIV. 
Agrifood 04-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: Wanted – Closers to save the CAP

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   EU policymakers are getting ready for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) showdown,...

Germany wants end to virus border chaos in EU

Germany wants to put an end to the chaotic approaches by EU member states to travel restrictions within Europe as a new wave of coronavirus cases gains momentum across the continent.
Brexit 31-08-2020

‘Unrealistic’ UK has caused post-Brexit trade impasse, says France

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK have stalled "because of the UK's uncompromising and, to be frank, unrealistic attitude" France’s Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Monday (31 August).
Agrifood 31-08-2020

Protestors converge on EU agri meeting to demand radical policy reform

Protestors rallied in the German city of Koblenz on Sunday (30 August) and participants told EURACTIV they were demanding sweeping farming reforms as EU agricultural ministers began two days of informal talks hosted by Germany's Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner.
Agrifood 17-08-2020

Agrifood agenda: CAP reform and organics uptake

With the EU's new food policy launched this spring, policymakers will now turn their attention back to the long-delayed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the staple of the bloc's farming industry and the biggest item in its budget.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Germany rejects Trump’s proposal to let Russia back into G7

Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday (27 July).
Agrifood 17-07-2020

Agrifood brief: CAP, animal welfare, digitalisation among top priorities of German Presidency

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner laid out the German EU presidency’s agrifood priorities...

Germany’s Seehofer cautiously optimistic on EU asylum reform

Germany said on Tuesday (7 July) it wants EU nations to overcome a deadlock on how to handle refugees and migrants this year, and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) expressed "justified confidence" that a deal can be found. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 07-07-2020

Altmaier argues against ‘international monopolies’ in the platform economy

A "well-regulated" platform economy should allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to compete fairly and should not lead to the formation of "international monopolies", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday (7 July).
Politics 03-07-2020

Tweets of the Week: Queen Merkel, Brexit Extension, Parliament Robberies

Angela Merkel is hailed as a wonder, the world stays alert for the next Brexit blunder, and burglars in Parliament make off with MEP plunder
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2020

Von der Leyen calls mini-summit to push for a deal on recovery plan

European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen called on Thursday (2 July) a mini-summit for next week with her counterparts at the Council, Parliament and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to work towards a deal on the EU recovery package.
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Politics 02-07-2020

DIE LINKE. in the EP: Our 7 demands to the #EU2020DE

The EU has had major problems for many years, which the Corona pandemic has painfully intensified. Now would be the time to end the disastrous policies and to adapt to the needs of individuals and not to the interests of the corporations of the larger member states.
Brexit 02-07-2020

Merkel kicks off EU presidency with Brexit warning

The European Union must prepare for the possibility that talks with Britain on their post-Brexit relationship could fail, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday (1 July) as Germany took the helm of the bloc's rotating presidency.