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Economy & Jobs 10-01-2022

Auditors: Berlin’s €60b climate fund booster ‘constitutionally questionable’

Germany's plans to supercharge its climate fund with unused credit lines from the COVID-19 pandemic in order to speed up the country's shift towards a green economy, have now been called into question by national auditors.
Politics 10-12-2021

Germany’s Baerbock attempts to square the circle with Poland

Germany's new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed the value of German-Polish friendship during her inaugural visit to Warsaw on Friday (10 December) but said it to have "intensive discussions" on the rule of law issues in its eastern neighbour.
Politics 09-12-2021

EU chiefs vow to work with Scholz for ‘strong Europe’

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel congratulated Germany's new chancellor Olaf Scholz Wednesday (8 December) and vowed to work with him for a stronger EU.
Health 08-12-2021

Germany’s new health minister, a vocal and divisive pandemic expert

Germany’s designated health minister has become (in)famous as a vocal advocate of decisive COVID-19 restrictive measures. A trained epidemiologist, Karl Lauterbach is also a long-time health politician and advocate of an equal health system.

How French nuclear interests weighed on Germany’s ‘traffic light’ coalition talks

The new German government's coalition treaty avoided references to nuclear energy and the EU's green finance taxonomy in order to preserve Franco-German relations, a senior Green negotiator in Berlin told EURACTIV.
EU-China 02-12-2021

Germany’s incoming foreign minister vows tough China stance

Germany's incoming foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock from the Green party, on Wednesday (1 December) pledged "dialogue and toughness" in dealing with China, and did not rule out a boycott of Beijing's Winter Olympics.
Future EU 01-12-2021

EPP chief: Greens in new ‘pro-Europe’ coalition could find EU reforms problematic

Germany's new three-party government will have to back key EU reforms even if these do not align with its values. According to EPP chairman Manfred Weber, the issue of arms exports, in particular, will likely be controversial. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 30-11-2021

German Greens’ pick for agri minister is a prominent pragmatist, but farming newbie

Germany’s designated agriculture minister, Cem Özdemir, has no previous experience to show in the field. But, as long-term Green party chief, he says he has learned how to “build bridges”, and as a former MEP, he is no stranger to European politics.
Agrifood 26-11-2021

New German coalition plans mandatory animal welfare label, restructuring of farm subsidies

Germany's next government will introduce compulsory livestock labelling and revise the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies, according to the coalition agreement the three parties agreed to on Wednesday (24 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 24-11-2021

German parties seal deal on new ‘traffic light’ coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, two months after the general elections, with Olaf Scholz to succeed Angela Merkel as the new chancellor in December. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 24-11-2021

German nuclear power shutdown will not lead to power shortage: report

The shutdown of Germany’s last nuclear power plants will not cause supply shortages, according to calculations by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), CLEW reported. 
Energy 19-11-2021

German coalition talks stumble over role of gas in EU taxonomy

The scramble over the role of gas and nuclear in the EU's sustainable finance rules has become a source of tension in the German government talks as the country's first ever three-party coalition is being negotiated in Berlin.
Politics 17-11-2021

German parties confident to agree coalition treaty, new government by end November

The three parties negotiating Germany’s next government coalition plan to table a coalition treaty and propose new government ministers next week, Clean Energy Wire reported.

Scholz silent as progressive lawmakers weigh in on EU taxonomy debate

As the debate on whether to include nuclear power and gas in the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy continues, progressive lawmakers in Germany and the European Parliament have released a joint statement to weigh in on the debate.

German pro-nuclear activists make rare appearance in Berlin

With Germany set to shut down its last six reactors in 2022, a group of pro-nuclear activists made a rare appearance in Berlin over the weekend in the hope of reversing the decision. Operators, for their part, are wary of another abrupt policy change.

Germany’s Schulze reiterates opposition to nuclear in EU green finance rules

Germany’s acting environment and nuclear safety minister, Svenja Schulze, reiterated her opposition to nuclear power's inclusion in the EU's green finance taxonomy, saying the upcoming government coalition refuses being placed in front of a fait accompli.
Elections 06-10-2021

German small parties pick Social Democrats over conservatives for coalition talks

Germany’s Greens and the liberal FDP, two kingmakers after the inconclusive federal election, have announced they want to launch talks about a potential coalition with the Social Democrat SPD, rather than with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. The first discussions are planned for Thursday (7 October).