Alexandra Brzozowski

Global Europe 03-07-2018

Austria kicks off EU Presidency with ‘a Europe that protects’

The first day of Austria's stint at the helm of the rotating EU Presidency already made clear that the next six months will be a diplomatic challenge for the country. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2018

“Time is Brain”: How ERDF funds save lives in Berlin

The most comprehensive EU regional development instrument is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). But in most cases, its work remains largely unknown to the public. An example from Berlin shows how it literally saves lives. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Eurozone reform: CDU split over Merkel’s plans

Parts of the German CDU party are highly critical of the joint reform plans proposed by their own Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Her projects for the eurozone are the "wrong signal", they say. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “WirtschaftsWoche” reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

Social Germany? Still a long way to equal opportunities

As EU Social Affairs ministers are currently discussing social rights in the labour market, it is striking that, especially in the welfare state of Germany, one's career still depends heavily on where one comes from. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 25-06-2018

A fateful week for the Chancellor

Chancellor Angela Merkel's presumably last term in office appears to be by far the hardest of her career. EURACTIV Germany looks at the crucial week ahead.

Migration mini-summit: Austria cautiously optimistic

After the CSU indicated it did really not want German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bavarian state election campaign and invited Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, both leaders met during a special summit on migration policy on Sunday in Brussels. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 21-06-2018

Quarrel between Merkel and Seehofer threatens Macron too

French President Emmanuel Macron rode to Chancellor Angela Merkel's aid on migration policy this week  - because he is aware that the political crisis in Berlin might affect him as well. EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Future EU 20-06-2018

Unravelling the Macron-Merkel agreement

A meeting between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was meant to foster a breakthrough on possible eurozone reforms. But the declaration brokered on Tuesday (19 June) is full of language that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2018

British MEP: Young people are often forced into precarious work

Deep cuts to public finances were not necessarily needed after 2007-2008's financial crisis in order to rebuild the economy, according to British Labour politician Sion Simon, who spoke to EURACTIV Czech Republic's media partner, Aktualne.cz.
Energy 20-06-2018

Energy expert: On climate protection, Germany has become a brakesman  

While some countries like the United Kingdom quit brown coal some time ago, Germany is still struggling. A new commission is meant to sketch out structural changes but the Bundesrepublik is no longer a pioneer of climate protection, one political scientist told  EURACTIV Germany

Integration through language

Five years ago, the founders of ‘Teachers on the Road’ started visiting fifty refugee homes in the German states Rhineland-Palatine and Hesse. A lot has changed since then – and not always for the better. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 15-06-2018

Copyright in the EU must balance interests of content creator and recipient

The copyright reform proposed by the European Commission will hinder work on artificial intelligence, harm smaller entities on the internet and simply make life more difficult for Internet users, argues Michał Kanownik in an interview with EURACTIV Poland.
15-06-2018

Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

With proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Energy 12-06-2018

Poland wants to speed up progress on gas directive

Ten EU member states support Poland's position which calls for accelerating work on the amendment to the European gas directive, aimed against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

Austrian Chancellor: Europe needs to understand Israel’s security needs

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gave prominence to interesting issues during his recent visit to Jerusalem and emphasised the security needs of the Israelis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

After turbulent G7 meeting, EU’s unity is fragile

After US President Trump caused an éclat at the meeting of the seven industrialised Western nations in Canada, a strong European position is needed more than ever. But the community is struggling to find unity. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2018

European regions in urgent need of a Brexit strategy

Brexit will have many practical consequences for the regional economy. Port cities like Zeebrugge in Belgium, which trade a lot with Great Britain, will be particularly affected.  EURACTIV Germany takes a look at both sides of the Channel.
Central Europe 11-06-2018

Poland’s ruling PiS party considers joining centre-right EPP

Politicians in Poland's ultra-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party are pushing to join the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) after next year's European elections. EURACTIV Poland's media partner, Gazeta Wyborcza, reports.
Digital 01-06-2018

Germany only in the mid-range of digitalisation, EU index shows

As the European Commission pushes forward with digitalisation policies, its DESI-index is meant to measure how digital individual member states already are. Germany, however, is only in the midfield. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Plastic recycling dilemma in the EU

The EU is in a desperate search for a sustainable circular economy. But critics warn that the imminent adoption of waste recycling targets for 2035 is only a compromise between the very different realities of the 28 countries. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 30-05-2018

South Tyrol looks anxiously towards Rome

The governor of South Tyrol, Italy's northernmost region, speaks of the biggest crisis in Italy, worries about his province’s role in the EU and warns of political experiments. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

Austria wants to tie minimum income to German language skills

The amount of the minimum income protection in Austria is now to be made dependent among other things on the German language skills. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

MEP: We have to prevent games with multiple identities in Asylum System

Since 2016, the EU is working on the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Particularly tricky is the creation of a new Dublin IV agreement, clarifying which country is responsible for the asylum application of a person. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Fortress Europe lives on in Poland

Since 2015, Poland has strongly opposed receiving refugees from Italy and Greece. Until now, not a single person has been accepted under the quota system set by the European Commission. And the majority of Poles actually side with their government on the issue, EURACTIV Poland reports.