Sarah Lawton

Digital & Media 27-05-2021

German competition regulator initiates proceedings against Google

Germany's Federal Cartel Office initiated two proceedings against Google on Tuesday (25 May), looking into the Internet giant's market power and its handling of user data. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-04-2021

Political commitment to gender equality needed in cohesion policy, say EU lawmakers

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities around the world, and in the EU, it has disproportionately impacted women. The European Parliament's Regional Development (REGI) committee sees cohesion policy as key to gender equality. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 26-04-2021

Could the UK knock Germany off the top spot for animal welfare?

Germany and the United Kingdom are both angling to become pioneers in the field of animal welfare, with the UK saying Brexit has given it new freedom to boost standards. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 08-04-2021

Romani inclusion requires binding EU legislation, says MEP

On the occasion of International Romani Day on 8 April, MEP Romeo Franz (Greens/EFA) spoke with EURACTIV about the continued challenges that Romani communities across Europe face and the importance of legally binding legislation.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

EU’s Michel wants to involve regions more closely in recovery plans

European Council President Charles Michel wants to see regions more involved in the current European processes, particularly in the drafting of national recovery plans and the Conference on the Future of Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 12-03-2021

German regional polls key stress test for Merkel successor

Two German states are set to vote on Sunday in regional elections seen as a bellwether for September's national poll as Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) continue to reel from a mask procurement scandal that could prove the party's undoing.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2021

Study: Coordination key to getting EU aid into regions during pandemic

Local authorities have had to rely on European aid distributed via the cohesion fund to maintain public services during the pandemic, but this process has not always worked smoothly, a study released on Wednesday (March 10) says. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2021

With loosened cohesion rules, EU money channelled away from climate action

EU countries have reallocated €3.8 billion of EU structural funds away from climate action while increasing "generic support" for small and medium-sized firms as well as health measures. This was made possible by loosened rules to enable a rapid response to the crisis but the European Commission hopes that the incoming fresh cash will reverse that trend.
Politics 03-03-2021

Germany places far-right AfD under state surveillance

Germany's domestic intelligence agency on Wednesday (3 March) classified the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a suspected extremist movement, meaning the party can now be subjected to state surveillance, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2021

German industry calls for greener EU policy after Bundestag elections

They had no time to lose: A good six months before the German parliamentary elections, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) published its demands to the new government. In the Europe chapter, the focus on climate stands out, EURACTIV Germany reports.

‘Our forests are sick,’ Germany’s agriculture minister says

The German agriculture minister presented on Wednesday (24 February) a worrying annual report on the condition of German forests, which again highlights the dramatic effects of climate change on the ecosystem.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

US pressure drives 18 European companies away from Nord Stream 2

The US government is confident its sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany will have an impact. In a document obtained by EURACTIV Germany, the State Department lists 18 European companies that have already ended their cooperation with the project. EURACTIV Germany reports.

NGOs call for stricter reporting requirements for European companies

By the end of March, the European Commission wants to present a revised version of the so-called non-financial reporting directive (NFRD). A coalition of European NGOs is calling for greater transparency and stricter reporting requirements for companies in sustainability matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Only fractions of global heavy industry are aligned with Paris climate goals

Only 14% of publicly listed companies in the steel, cement, aluminum, paper and mining sector are on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2°C climate target, according to a report by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a global investor group supported by the UN. Still, some European companies offer hope, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 19-02-2021

One year after the Hanau attack, NGOs demand concrete anti-racism strategy

This Friday (19 February) marks the anniversary of the Hanau attack. To improve prevention against such attacks, the German government  promised a package of measures against racism, but a real strategy is missing, NGOs say. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

Social dialogue must be stronger after the pandemic, trade union leader says

Nearly a year into the coronavirus crisis in Europe, the world of work has changed drastically with more transformation on the horizon. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade union leader Michael Vassiliadis discusses the EU policy agenda from economic recovery to the Democracy Action Plan and responsible supply chains.
Transport 12-02-2021

Climate protection in the automotive industry: ‘Innovation needs international standards’

How will the automotive industry cope with the challenges of the future? Decarbonisation, electrification, hydrogen strategy: in the end, all of these building blocks are part of a holistic and European view. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-02-2021

German lawmakers call for ending exports of banned pesticides

Pesticides that are currently banned in Europe may still be exported to foreign countries, an issue which highlights the EU's lack of coherence, according to the leftist Die Linke and the Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 10-02-2021

German government will make more data publicly available with new law

The German government wants to create a culture of open data sharing - and is setting a good example. The second Open Data Act, which the cabinet passed on Wednesday (10 February), expands the obligations of public authorities to make their data available to the general public. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 09-02-2021

SPD enters election campaign focusing on the future, climate issues

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) want to be seen as the party of the future. That is the core message of the resolution following last weekend's party retreat. But the SPD's proverbial red thread - on social issues - is missing. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Agrifood 09-02-2021

New German insect protection legislation draws a sharp divide

Farmers always say that they care about the environment, while environmental protection organisations demand ever stricter regulations for the agricultural industry. With Germany's new insect protection law, the conflicts of interest between the two groups have reached a new peak. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2021

Official: Pandemic restrictions led to ‘intolerable hostility’ in border regions

The pandemic has thrown Europe back into the age of borders, with new barriers manned by police and military, and ID checks. Freedom of movement, the cornerstone of the European way of life, disappeared. Cross-border regions, called "Eurodistricts", came to play a special role, Frank Scherer explains in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2021

MEPs call for regional policy to combat demographic changes

Europe's regions are changing. The population is getting older and cities are growing while rural regions are increasingly dying out, causing strains on urban infrastructure. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Health 28-01-2021

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Alps requires a rethink, NGO director says

The Alps' magnificent mountain landscapes appear idyllic, calm and untouched - as long as you look at them from a certain angle. From another you are confronted by cleared forests for ski slopes, well-trodden paths and destroyed nature for hikers and mountain bikers.