Sarah Lawton

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 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.
Economy & Jobs 27-01-2021

Europe strongly impacted by extreme weather, says new Climate Risk Index

The Berlin-based think tank Germanwatch published its Climate Risk Index for this year just in time for the virtual Climate Adaption Summit (CAS2021). The Global South tends to suffer more from extreme weather than the North, but Germany is also been among the 20 most severely affected countries worldwide over the past 20 years.
Digital 26-01-2021

Revealed: Germany’s data strategy to tackle discrimination, encourage competition

On Wednesday (27 January), the German government will adopt its new data strategy. Among other things, citizens should be able to have more confidence that their data is in good hands with the state and companies, according to the document, which was leaked to EURACTIV in advance.
copyright 26-01-2021

LEAK: German government edges towards agreement on copyright law

The German implementation of the European copyright reform is edging towards adoption, despite having been postponed from cabinet talks on Wednesday (27 January). The most recent draft, obtained by EURACTIV, once again strengthens rights for authors and publishers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 25-01-2021

Commission has no plans to look into COVID-19 vaccine patent options

Wealthy nations are buying up hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses while poorer countries are struggling to secure basic supplies. EU lawmaker Udo Bullmann (S&D) has called for a global vaccination strategy to avert a "human catastrophe" but the European Commission has ruled out the idea of a mandatory release of vaccine patents. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 25-01-2021

Berlin agriculture conference highlights world hunger, climate change

An international conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin on Friday (22 January) focused on finding solutions in times of crisis, like the current pandemic and the subsequent humanitarian catastrophe, and called for combatting world hunger, climate change, and potential new pandemics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

Austria presents its anti-Semitism strategy

Austria presented its anti-Semitism strategy on Thursday (21 January). It is ambitious, but feasible, says one expert. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

German minorities criticise EU for rejecting citizens’ initiative

More than 1.1 million people demanded that the Commission do more to protect minorities, but Brussels neglected to take action. German minority associations are outraged and are trying to build up the pressure through the member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 18-01-2021

Moderate Armin Laschet becomes new CDU leader in election year

North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) premier Armin Laschet has been elected the new chair of Germany's ruling conservative CDU and will lead the party into the September Bundestag elections, with a good chance of becoming the next chancellor. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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