About: Reinhard Bütikofer

Energy 04-11-2016

The (German) politics behind Nord Stream 2

An unlikely coalition is emerging in Germany between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens. More and more, both parties want to stop the construction of a second pipeline that will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, explains Judy Dempsey.

A Green Perspective on the Youth Guarantee

The European Greens warn against misusing the EU’s Youth Guarantee programme, by funding it properly, and making it an instrument of empowerment, rather than a tool to “make young people disappear from unemployment statistics”.
Reinhard Bütikofer [European Parliament]
Elections 14-03-2014

Election debates: Democratic competition or political oligopoly?

Austrian and German TV will host a presidential debate between the Socialist and People's Party candidates. By doing so, they obscure the pluralism that will dominate the next European Parliament, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.

Europe’s steel industry at a crossroad

Across Europe, the steel industry is suffering from increasing pressures and needs restructuring, but by putting the blame on the EU’s energy and climate policies the industry is in fact biting the hand that feeds it, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.

Young people must reclaim their future

Stark unemployment figures represent a much broader, depressing reality than just the state of the economy. They also show academic qualifications that no longer hold value, a lack of decent housing, young people being deprived of opportunities to stand on their own two feet - the ways and means towards self-determination, but there are solutions, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
Elections 16-05-2013

Imagine a different European election

Few criticisms of the state of the European Union are more pervasive than the democratic deficit of the European institutions. If so many voters feel there’s a deficit, politicians will have to work hard to improve things or be cast aside, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
Security 10-11-2010

The OSCE: Waning or waxing?

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is not obsolete and EU member states need to understand its importance for a stronger European security architecture, writes German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/European Free Alliance) in a commentary sent to EURACTIV.

Europe, China and the quest for rare earths

Had it not been all too easy in the past to rely on China for supplying Europe's high-tech industries with rare earths, we would not have fallen asleep at the wheel, writes Reinhard Bütikofer, a Green MEP, in an exlusive commentary for EURACTIV.