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Climate change 09-01-2018

German coalition negotiators agree to scrap 2020 climate target

Germany's would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, sources familiar with negotiations said on Monday (8 January) – a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Economy & Jobs 09-01-2018

In 2018, expect the euro area economy to put on the brakes – but not for the reason you may think

The euro area economy has at last started to begin recovering convincingly from the past decade’s two recessions. But two big factors will moderate growth in 2018, writes Ilaria Maselli, citing the ageing workforce in Germany as being of particular concern.

Future EU 08-01-2018

Flouting rules boosts German anti-EU cause, warns analyst

If Poland and Hungary are not censured for flouting EU rules, German Euroscepticism is set to rise, weakening public commitment to EU integration, warns foreign policy expert Cornelius Adebahr.

Economy & Jobs 08-01-2018

Germany’s ‘debt clock’ counts down for very first time

A "debt clock" in Berlin, run by German tax lobbyists to shame the government into reining in spending, is falling for the first time in its 22-year history.

Competition 22-12-2017

Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buyout secures EU blessing

German carrier Lufthansa clinched EU approval on Thursday (21 December) for its scaled back bid to snap up assets of bankrupt Air Berlin, a European Union statement said.

Energy 20-12-2017

France to bid au revoir to oil and gas exploration by 2040

France’s parliament passed legislation on Tuesday (19 December) requiring all oil and gas exploration and production on French territories to end by 2040, the first time any country has taken such a step.

Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

Macron shifts focus away from eurozone reform to court Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron, concerned that a divisive discussion over eurozone reform might undermine his broader European agenda, has begun prioritizing other areas of EU cooperation, French officials say.

Elections 11-12-2017

German conservatives reject ‘United States of Europe’ ahead of coalition talks

Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday (9 December) rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

Elections 08-12-2017

Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ as SPD agrees talks with Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats, the country's second strongest party, agreed Thursday (7 December) to kick off exploratory talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that could lead to a new coalition government early next year.

UN agrees on resolution to combat ‘planetary crisis’ of ocean plastics

UN delegates at an environment summit in Kenya agreed on Wednesday (6 December) a new non-binding resolution intended to stop plastic waste from finding its way into the world’s oceans.

Europe's East 04-12-2017

A weakened Tillerson comes to Europe

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks this week on a diplomatic mission to shore up alliances in Europe and their defences against Russian aggression and subversion.

Brexit 24-11-2017

McAllister: Brexit is a historic mistake

It is not clear whether the Council will be able to state in December that sufficient progress in Brexit talks has been made, David McAllister, who chairs the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, told EURACTIV.