Erika Körner

Bernd Lucke
Euro & Finance 30-07-2015

AFD founder: ‘Schäuble’s Greece policy is pure marketing’

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s latest plans for a euro tax have solidified the prospect of a transfer union, says Eurosceptic Bernd Lucke in an interview with EURACTIV Germany. The founder of the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, argues that all the “talk about a Grexit” is just a bluff.
Trade & Society 28-07-2015

Malmström: We can finish TTIP during the Obama administration

The EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was amazed at German criticism over the planned EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and emphasised its benefits in an interview with Tagesspiegel.
Elections 16-07-2015

Michael Kaeding: ‘Juncker decides the fate of the European Parliament’

One year after Jean-Claude Juncker was elected, the Parliament is undergoing a radical change, says Michael Kaeding, who believes that Juncker’s leadership style is giving MEPs new political power.
Development Policy 10-07-2015

German Development Minister: ‘Every country is responsible for its own financing’

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Germany, Gerd Müller called on developing countries to assemble stable tax systems, while advising industrialised nations to use TTIP as an opportunity to promote fair trade.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Oxfam Germany director: ‘TTIP would intensify inequality in developing countries’

Developing countries will be among the biggest losers if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is implemented, warns Marion Lieser, explaining what a socially and ecologically fair trade deal would look like.
Digital & Media 09-06-2015

MEP Reda: Commission is too cautious on geo-blocking and copyright law

The European Commission is aiming to tear down “regulatory walls” for digital products and services and turn 28 national markets into a single digital market. But plans on geo-blocking and copyright law are too cautious, says MEP Julia Reda from the Pirate Party in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.

MEP Albrecht: ‘Right-wing populists have become more professional’

Right-wing populist parties are gaining influence in Europe, but they remain uncoordinated says Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, who spoke to EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Trade & Society 04-06-2015

AmCham Germany President: Not all positions in TTIP negotiations can be made public

The NSA affair was disastrous for German trust in the United States, and therefore for the planned EU-US trade agreement, TTIP, Bernhard Mattes told EURACTIV.de.
Development Policy 02-06-2015

MEP Neuser: ‘Missed 0.7% target is eating away at Germany’s credibility’

Germany’s lack of investment in development cooperation is damaging the country’s credibility and is a catastrophe for developing countries, says MEP Norbert Neuser in an interview with EURACTIV.de, arguing that effective development aid could greatly reduce worldwide suffering and could have prevented the Ebola outbreak.
Energy 29-05-2015

Joachim Weimann: ‘With renewables, we are wasting resources’

No form of support for renewable energy sources has an effect on the actual amount of CO2 reduction, says Magdeburg-based environmental economist Joachim Weimann, recommending emissions trading and burden-sharing with developing countries to tackle climate change.
Brexit 28-05-2015

Weber: ‘The British government must remain realistic’

David Cameron should not overburden negotiations with EU partners with unattainable demands, says the head of the  EPP Group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber. Discrimination against EU citizens in the United Kingdom would be a "red line" the CSU politician told Tagesspiegel.
Agrifood 18-03-2015

Foodwatch boss: ‘Europeans will not stomach TTIP anymore’

The EU-US free trade agreement, TTIP, is a big lie, says Thilo Bode, the director of the NGO Foodwatch, discussing his latest book on the transatlantic trade deal.
Enlargement 18-02-2015

Thaçi: ‘Rumours caused the exodus of Kosovars’

Rumours circulated that Germany was issuing work permits, and this created confusion, Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV Germany, referring to the recent exodus of 30,000 Kosovars to EU countries.

German minister: Juncker’s investment package likely to ‘backfire’

The projects Germany is pursuing within the framework of the European Commission's €315 billion Investment offensive include outdated ideas and dead ends, says Peter Friedrich, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Minister for Europe. The list, he says, urgently needs a general reworking, otherwise regions and municipalities will lose out.
EU Priorities 2020 04-12-2014

Hahn: Enlargement stalemate will not slow accession negotiations

Even without further EU enlargement over the next five years, accession prospects drive long overdue structural reforms and promote democratisation, says EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, whose personal goal is to help resolve the “conflict of language” between Greece and Macedonia. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Benjamin Bongardt [NABU/Eric Neuling]
Energy 27-11-2014

Sustainability expert: Circular economy package will survive Commission’s cuts

If the Juncker Commission wants to strengthen trust, maintain continuity and promote sustainability, it should not only uphold the previous Commission’s circular economy package, but further develop the waste policy measure, says Benjamin Bongardt, claiming public criticism from industry should not be taken seriously.
Kanayo F. Nwanze is President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). [C. Schubert/Flickr]
Development Policy 25-11-2014

Agriculture development chief: ‘The crisis after Ebola will be a food shortage crisis’

Food production structures in many West African countries face the threat of collapse – a consequence of the Ebola epidemic that is also likely to affect Europe, says Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
MEP Michael Gahler, pictured here with a member of the Pan-African Parliament, sees great potential in Kenya for renewable energies. [EP]
Development Policy 21-10-2014

German MEP: Kenya must ‘restore trust’ amid terror attacks

Kenya is considered a democratic and economic role model in Africa, but terror attacks and a corrupt state are tarnishing the country’s image, says Michael Gahler, outlining Kenya’s future prospects and enormous economic potential. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Hans-Olaf Henkel from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party
Euro & Finance 18-09-2014

Henkel MEP: Moscovici is ‘the Trojan Horse in the Commission’

German Eurosceptic MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel explains why he thinks Moscovici is France's "Trojan horse" in the European Commission and why Chancellor Merkel is secretly pleased with the appointment. He also talks about EU-US free trade negotiations, saying that without transparency on what is being negotiated, it is impossible to have a legitimate opinion on the agreement.
Eric Schweitzer [Heinrich Böll Stiftung/Flickr]
Trade & Society 17-09-2014

German trade chief on Greece: ‘Sustainable stimulus only comes from the private economy’

German investments in Greece have been dwindling, but there is good news for Greco-German economic relations, explained Eric Schweitzer, outlining German investment and Greek growth in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht is not sure German Commissioner Günther Oettinger will be able to stand his ground on the EU's digital agenda opposite Sillicon Valley giants like Google and Amazon. [EP]
Digital & Media 12-09-2014

MEP Albrecht: Oettinger risks being crushed by his portfolio

By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.