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Agrifood 11-06-2021

Germany’s pre-UN food summit talks criticised for ignoring ‘most marginalised’

In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, Germany's agriculture ministry launched its preparatory process at a conference this week where politicians, agriculture and health experts exchanged their views on future food production. However, the dialogue was criticised for missing the voices of marginalised people. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 09-06-2021

Media Partnership – The European Green Deal: How does the German Mineral Water Sector Contribute?

The European Green Deal affects sectors of the European economy in different ways and poses a major challenge.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2021

Brussels opens case against Germany over primacy of EU law

The European Commission on Wednesday (9 June) launched a case against Germany to assert the primacy of EU law over rulings from its national constitutional court.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Hungary rejects criticism over foreign policy blockages

Hungary and Germany have publicly locked horns over how the EU's foreign policy should be conducted, after a series of Budapest-blocked joint foreign policy statements prompted the German foreign minister to complain the EU was being "held hostage" by countries that don't share its values.
5G 08-06-2021

Europe’s first digitalised chip plant opens in Dresden

German engineering and technology company Bosch opened a new semiconductor factory, fully networked with 5G mobile technology, in Dresden on Monday (7 June). The production facility was funded with €140 million as part of a joint European project.
Energy 07-06-2021

Germany says Ukraine must remain gas transit country after new pipeline

Germany said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported, after President Vladimir Putin said it would depend on the former Soviet republic showing "goodwill" towards Moscow.
Circular materials 07-06-2021

Germany’s pioneering bottle deposit scheme has lessons for the EU

Ten EU member states are planning to switch to deposit schemes for beverage container recycling in order to meet new Green Deal requirements. Germany has 20 years of experiencing in operating the world’s largest such scheme.
Climate change 07-06-2021

LEAK: Germany backs carbon pricing extension in EU climate policy overhaul

The German government is backing an extension of European Union carbon pricing and an end to free carbon permits for airlines as the bloc prepares new measures to help meet climate change targets, according to a document obtained by EURACTIV.
Global Europe 04-06-2021

Russia finished key section of Nord Stream 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday (4 June) that the first line of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany has been completed despite strong US opposition.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

Civil society, tech giants oppose Germany’s state Trojans plans

Companies and civil society organisations in Germany have opposed a planned expansion of the surveillance of sources and communications which provides for a more stringent application of the so-called state Trojan in an open letter published Thursday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 04-06-2021

German conservatives brace for strong far-right showing in regional election

Germany conservatives are bracing for what is likely to be a bruising result in Sunday's regional election in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt, with polls suggesting the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to gain more than a fifth of the vote.
Transport 03-06-2021

Spying on Germans and avoiding Belarusian airspace 

  This week our podcast takes us to Berlin, where a spying deal between Denmark and the US is shaking German politics ahead of elections in September. To find out more we spoke with Oliver Noyan and Niko Krumayer from...
Global Europe 02-06-2021

Russia says Nord Stream 2 testing work to start next week

Testing work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany will start next week, Alexander Drozdenko, governor of the Leningrad region where the pipeline starts, was cited as saying by the TASS news agency on Wednesday (2 June).
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

Spanish tourism sector dealt severe blow in first quarter

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to badly affect Spain’s tourism sector, which in the first quarter of the year saw an 82% drop in the number of international tourists it welcomed compared to the same period of 2020, from 10.6 million to only 1.8 million. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Global Europe 31-05-2021

US security agency spied on Merkel, other top European officials through Danish cables

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has used a partnership with Denmark's foreign intelligence unit to spy on senior officials of neighbouring countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Danish state broadcaster DR.

German ministers to discuss fraud at coronavirus test centers

German Health Minister Jens Spahn and his counterparts in the 16 federal states will on Monday morning (1 June) discuss control mechanisms for coronavirus test centers following fraud accusations, a ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Hydrogen electrolyse stack a power plant

Germany to invest €8 bn in large-scale hydrogen projects

Germany said on Friday (28 May) it would invest €8 billion in 62 large-scale hydrogen projects, including electrolysers and pipeline infrastructure, as part of the country's bid to decarbonise its industry and become a world leader in the pioneering fuel technology.
Digital & Media 28-05-2021

Gaia-X cloud infrastructure project close to becoming operational

The European flagship cloud project Gaia-X, which aims to ensure Europe has its own trusted data and cloud infrastructure, came one step closer to becoming operational after the first specification round of the Federation Services was completed on Wednesday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 28-05-2021

Munich’s Allianz Arena: a paragon of climate neutrality?

The Euro 2020 football cup’s carbon footprint has come under green scrutiny because of the logistics required to move the teams around between the eleven organising countries. Is the Munich stadium part of the problem or part the solution?
Digital & Media 26-05-2021

EU Commission greenlights German initiative to eradicate ‘dead spot’ problem

The European Commission approved on Tuesday (25 May the German government's plan to invest almost €1.1 billion in expanding its network in order to finally get to grips with the smouldering problem of so-called 'dead spots'.
Digital & Media 25-05-2021

Germany’s rocky path to becoming a blockchain nation

Germany harbours ambitions to become one of the world’s leaders in blockchain and has recently taken stock of its near two-year-old strategy to boost adoption of the pioneering technology, the first of its kind worldwide.
Health 24-05-2021

CureVac works to boost production capacity ahead of expected vaccine approval

Germany's CureVac expects European approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in June at the latest and is working to expand production capacity, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper quoted a company spokeswoman as saying.
Climate change 24-05-2021

Germany’s Scholz proposes ‘climate club’ to avoid trade friction

Germany wants the European Union to create a "climate club" with other countries like the United States, Japan and possibly even China to avoid trade friction linked to green tariffs such as a planned carbon border levy.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

Germany adopts new data protection and privacy law

German parliament this week adopted a law regulating data protection and privacy in telecommunications and telemedia. For the first time, the legislator transposed EU requirements on cookies from the bloc's e-privacy directive. EURACTIV Germany reports.