Martin Herrera Witzel

Technology 31-05-2022

German youth protection body endorses AI as biometric age-verification tool

Three systems that verify peoples' age with AI technology to prevent minors from being exposed to harmful content have been endorsed by Germany's Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 03-05-2022

German agri minister wants to help export-blocked Ukrainian grain

Ukraine needs logistical support for the export of crucial agricultural products currently impacted by Russia's aggression, German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, who wants to mobilise fellow G7 countries to help Ukraine, has said
Agrifood 27-04-2022

How has the Ukraine war impacted the EU’s food security?

Between soaring food prices and feed shortages, the war in Ukraine has rocked the EU’s agri-food sector and thrown an age-old issue back into the limelight: food security.
Climate change 15-04-2022

Why the green vote has struggled in Spain

Climate change and protecting the environment are a major public concern across the world. But while in northern European countries green or environmentalist parties are enjoying great success, in Spain the so-called 'green vote' continues to develop slowly EURACTIV’s partner El Diario reports.
Cybersecurity 30-03-2022

EU institutions not prepared for increase in cyberattacks

EU institutions are not sufficiently prepared for the increasing number of cyberattacks, a new special report by the European Court of Auditors on Tuesday (29 March) reads. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 16-03-2022

Teresa Ribera reproaches France for lack of engagement in gas interconnection

Spain's energy Minister, Teresa Ribera, assured that "it is very difficult to make progress" with France on the construction of a gas pipeline that will allow Spain to export its stored gas to the rest of Europe.
Energy 09-03-2022

Spain seeks EU funding for ‘green gas’ interconnector to rest of Europe

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called on the European Union to finance gas interconnections with the rest of Europe, saying new infrastructure should also include green gases such as hydrogen. EURACTIV's partner El Diario reports.

Scholz’s master plan for Africa to bypass the EU’s CO2-tariff

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to address Africa's concerns about the upcoming Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) at the EU's external borders by bringing the continent into his so-called "climate club". EURACTIV Germany reports.

Spain calls on EU to endorse renewable energy contracts for industry

The Spanish government has called on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide financial guarantees for long-term fixed-price supply contracts for renewable energy, known as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
Electric vehicles 10-02-2022

Automotive industry sounds alarm over expansion of e-charging stations

Germany has fallen far behind its targets for expanding e-car infrastructure and will likely miss its 2030 e-mobility target, according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).

Germany’s hydrogen diplomacy is a lifeline for Russia

With Germany setting up hydrogen offices from Moscow to Riyadh, one would think the government is banking on the gas being the new petroleum. However, the move has been met with confusion from many. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Industrial Strategy 26-01-2022

Intel plans billion-euro investment in next-generation microchips on EU soil

With investments amounting to 80 billion euros, Intel wants to massively expand its production facilities in Europe, focusing on next-generation microchips measuring two nanometres and smaller than that.
Agrifood 20-01-2022

German ministers to push for end of agri-subsidies in Brussels

Environment Minister Lemke and Agriculture Minister Özdemir displayed unity at a joint appearance on Tuesday (18 January). The two Green ministers want to advocate an end to direct agricultural payments and increased organic production.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

Germany’s Baerbock speaks of ‘fundamental disagreements’ with Russia

During her official visit to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke of "fundamental disagreements" with Russia, but spoke positively of Russia's agreement to revive the Normandy format.
Energy 07-12-2021

Germany’s Altmaier: Economy ministry is ‘something again’

After four years at the helm of the federal economy and energy ministry, a coal phase-out and a pandemic, Peter Altmaier passes the torch to Greens co-leader Robert Habeck, who will chair the new 'super-ministry' of energy, economy and now also climate protection