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Air Pollution 13-02-2018

Germany’s energy and climate policy is taking shape

The coalition agreement between the German Conservatives and the Social Democrats outlines a relatively ambitious energy policy. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports. On 7 February, German Conservative (CDU / CSU) and Social Democrat (SPD) leaders presented their …

Elections 08-02-2018

German analyst: ‘The coalition agreement has more of Juncker than Macron’

In the draft of the German coalition agreement presented on Wednesday by the potential new German government coalition, the parties want to pursue “a new beginning for Europe” in the next four years. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Matthias Kullas …

Elections 08-02-2018

German coalition agreement: A document of distrust

CDU/CSU and SPD are laying their policies down to the last detail. SPD chairman Martin Schulz gives up his party lead to Andrea Nahles. But will this be enough for the SPD party base to agree in the vote on …

Elections 01-02-2018

German parties agree on climate as coalition talks progress

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives agreed on climate targets for 2030 with their would-be Social Democrat (SPD) partners, who also announced steady progress on European policy in coalition talks which they aim to conclude within a week. Merkel, weakened after losing votes …

Elections 22-01-2018

Germany’s SPD warily backs formal coalition talks with Merkel

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats voted Sunday (21 January) to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bringing Europe's top economy a step closer to a new government after months of deadlock. At a special party congress in the western …

Banking union 18-01-2018

Berlin demands clarity on risk reduction for banking union

Germany said on Wednesday (17 January) that eurozone members should first agree on clear parameters for reducing risks in the banking sector before progress can be made toward completing a banking union through a deposit insurance scheme in the currency …

Future EU 17-01-2018

Eurogroup head hails German coalition blueprint for eurozone reform

The Eurogroup's new president, Mario Centeno, has welcomed eurozone reform proposals agreed by Germany's two biggest parties in preliminary coalition talks. "There are positive signs on European policy coming from the exploratory talks," Centeno told Handelsblatt business daily. https://twitter.com/gaborsteingart/status/953523479713853440 Centeno, who is also …

Future EU 15-01-2018

German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel

Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats said on Sunday (14 January) they would press for improvements to a coalition blueprint agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, seeking to win over sceptical party members who can torpedo the deal. Social Democrat (SPD) …

Elections 05-01-2018

Poll: Martin Schulz’s popularity hits historical low

Social Democrat Martin Schulz's popularity dropped nine percentage points since last month to 30 percent below his predecessor in the leadership of SPD Sigmar Gabriel, according to a new poll. The poll, which was conducted on behalf of the first …

Elections 07-12-2017

Germany’s SPD to move on talks to form new Merkel government

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats meet from Thursday (7 December) to decide on whether to help Chancellor Angela Merkel end a months-long political stalemate in Europe's biggest economy. Party chief Martin Schulz will ask the deeply divided SPD to give him the …

Future EU 23-11-2017

Bütikofer: In the name of EU, Steinmeier will put pressure on his comrades

Germany's failed coalition talks are hurting Europe's reform agenda so Brussels and the EU capitals should lean on the country's political leaders to find an agreement and avoid another election, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who took part in the talks, …

Global Europe 24-08-2017

Schröder smells of Russian gaz

Germany's ex-chancellor hasn’t yet formally left Gazprom but has already announced he will join Russian-owned oil company Rosneft. His taste for Russian money repels many Germans. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports. This is a further blow to Social Democratic Party …