Sarah Lawton

Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

New EESC President: ‘Jobs do not fall from the sky’

Christa Schweng has served as the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since October. She has a vision, but first Europe must get through the coronavirus crisis, protecting both jobs and people.
5G 24-11-2020

5G expansion: German foreign ministry gets a say, but no veto

Germany's upcoming IT security law is intended to protect the country's 5G network, among other things. When it comes to Huawei, the Foreign Office fought for a right of veto. The result: now it can have a say but not singlehandedly block a supplier. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 19-11-2020

Germany and offshore wind: a slowing trailblazer

The European Commission will present its offshore wind strategy on Thursday (19 November), mirroring key elements of Germany's own plans. Will this be enough to drive the energy transition? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 17-11-2020

The political calculus behind Vienna’s first ‘social-liberal’ coalition

Following an agreement between the social democrats (SPÖ) and liberals (NEOS), the Austrian capital has a new governing coalition. The partnership may seem unnatural but both sides have something to gain, while more difficult times are dawning for the ousted Greens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-11-2020

Structural weaknesses to be remedied in Germany’s rural areas, Klöckner promises

There is a backlog of demand in rural Germany, particularly in the area of digitalisation, according to a new report on the development of rural areas presented on Wednesday morning (11 November) by agriculture minister Julia Klöckner and interior minister Horst Seehofer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 12-11-2020

East German agriculture still reeling, 30 years after reunification

The effects of Germany's 1990 reunification have been particularly felt by farmers in eastern Germany whose land was suddenly privatised and left to market forces. Some problems persist to this day, 30 years later, and new ones have since cropped up. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 06-11-2020

Energy-efficient building renovation: a Franco-German challenge

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the question of renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient is of crucial importance. More than ever before, it is the subject of debate on both sides of the Rhine. EURACTIV France and Germany report.
Economy & Jobs 03-11-2020

Wirecard: EU report sees ‘deficits’ in German financial oversight

A report from the EU financial watchdog says German authorities are partly to blame for the Wirecard scandal that rocked the country this year. Nonetheless, it shields one German agency (BaFin) from much of the blame. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 02-11-2020

Selmayr marks one year in Vienna

Martin Selmayr's latest career move may seem strange at first glance: from Secretary General of the Commission to its representative in a small EU country. Having held the post for a year, he plans to take a more political approach than his predecessors. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 29-10-2020

Merkel institutes ‘lockdown light’ until the end of November

Until the end of November, Germany will be in lockdown, albeit a milder one than in spring. Restaurants, bars, entertainment and sports facilities will have to close. Stores, schools and daycare centers will remain open. Only people from two households will be allowed to meet in public. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-10-2020

No wine left behind: How Germany wants to adapt to climate change

Winegrowers are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, like hot summers or water shortages, but the warmer climate also favours certain types of cultivation. The German government's adaptation strategy is designed to help the winegrowing sector, but to what extent does it help them in practice? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-10-2020

Vienna’s first ‘Social-Liberal Coalition’: SPÖ begins negotiations with NEOS

The board of Austria's SPÖ party has decided: Vienna's Social Democrats will start coalition negotiations with the liberal NEOS on Tuesday (27 October). Thus ends the ten-year era of SPÖ-Green rule in the Austrian capital. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-10-2020

German SPD demands asylum centres, carbon border tax in new position paper

The parliamentary group of the German Social Democrats (SPD) is expected to adopt a position paper on EU policy on Tuesday (27 October). In it, the MPs call for open asylum centres throughout Europe, a CO2 border tax to raise the EU's own resources, and more leeway for state resources in digitalisation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

Headwinds in the Bundestag for Klöckner’s CAP compromise

The EU agriculture ministers' agreement to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being met with a lot of headwind in the Bundestag. Opposition parties are critical of the proposal while the Social Democrats (SPD), a partner in the governing coalition, are not enthusiastic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 20-10-2020

German police study will focus on ‘daily work’ instead of structural racism

After public pressure and national debate, a study of German police forces is on the way. The Social Democrat's (SPD) proposal to specifically investigate racism within the German authorities will only be one of many topics, as the study will instead be focusing on the 'daily work' of officers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 20-10-2020

European coronavirus tracing apps are crossing borders

The German Corona-Warn-App now also works in Italy and Ireland, and vice versa, and more countries will be added soon. However, some are being excluded from the outset, because they use a central system, such as France. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2020

Divisions over economic criteria in cohesion policy negotiations

Negotiations on cohesion policy between the European Parliament, Commission and Council will take place on Thursday (15 October), focusing on how strictly the flow of money is regulated and whether it should be distributed according to economic criteria. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2020

Committee of the Regions warns against centralising cohesion policy

This week, European regional policy leaders met to formulate their demands of the EU. They warned against a reduction of cohesion funds and requested a say in their distribution. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 13-10-2020

Indepent report on COVID hotspot Ischgl slams Austrian government’s handling

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl became the European epicentre of coronavirus infections in March. The local government there has denied any responsibility, but a new independent commission report begs to differ. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 12-10-2020

Social Democrats win, far-right collapses in Vienna elections

The recent Vienna election was a great victory for Social Democrats while the far-right FPÖ suffered a massive crash, losing two-thirds of support. The final result will be available Tuesday evening (13 October), but coalition options are already clear. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 09-10-2020

German start-up leads sports clubs towards sustainability

Vanessa Nord believes that a rethinking is underway in Germany's professional sports. In 2019, the 28-year-old founded a company that supports clubs on their way to sustainability: ecologically, socially and economically. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 09-10-2020

MPs call for proceedings against Germany over uranium exports

Two German MPs are calling on the European Commission to initiate infringement proceedings against their home country for exporting depleted uranium to Russia, possibly in violation of EU law. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

Bundestag’s investigative committee starts work on Wirecard scandal

The Bundestag's committee looking into the Wirecard case,  Germany's biggest financial scandal in years, started work on Thursday (8 October). It could be particularly unpleasant for Finance Minister and SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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