New SPD leadership on its way to challenge Germany’s Grand Coalition

By |december 6th, 2019|Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), CDU, German climate package, German government, Germany, grand coalition, Nato, News, Norbert Walter-Borjans, party chairmanship, Peter Altmaier, Saskia Esken, SPD, SPD party conference|

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) officially elected Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans as the new chairmen at a national conference on Friday (6 December). There was no vote about remaining in the Grand Coalition with the CDU/CSU conservatives, bu...

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German football club on a mission to defend the climate

By |december 6th, 2019|climate neutrality, CO2 emissions, football, Football league, Germany, Mainz, News|

With thousands of fans travelling to matches and giant stadiums being built, football has a considerable climate impact. Some clubs are increasingly aware of this and try to limit their carbon emissions. A club from the small city of Mainz has been lea...

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Ministers set to advance Eurozone reform amid political turmoil in Italy and Germany

By |december 4th, 2019|Banking union, BICC, EDIS, ESM, Eurogroup, eurozone budget, Germany, Italy, News|

EU ministers gather Wednesday (4 December) in a bid to chart progress on the Eurozone reform ahead of the EU Council summit next week. However, recent political developments in Rome and Berlin may hinder talks on the matter.

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German government seeks to boost dialogue with disgruntled farmers

By |december 3rd, 2019|agriculture, Angela Merkel, farmers, fertiliser regulation, Germany, glyphosate, Julia Klöckner, News, nitrate|

Following the ongoing protests by farmers in recent months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) were invited to attend an agricultural summit yesterday (2 December). They intend to reinforce dialogue with the agricultural sector, once again. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Will Germany’s sheep farming industry die out?

By |november 29th, 2019|agriculture, CAP reform, farmer subsidies, Germany, mother sheep premium, News, sheep farming, shepherds|

Since the German government abolished the mother sheep premium in 2005, shepherds have been suffering financially. But given that 22 other EU member states still award such a premium and since Germany could reintroduce such a bonus at any given time, s...

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French insurer AXA vows to stop insuring fossil fuel-dependant companies

By |november 28th, 2019|Axa, coal phase-out, France, Germany, Green finance, insurance company, News|

The French insurance company AXA has announced its own plan to help phase out coal production in Europe by 2030, under which it would no longer be insuring companies that are too dependent on fossil fuels. According to NGOs, this plan has "no blind spo...

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Germany pledges to raise military spending, play more active role in NATO

By |november 28th, 2019|2% target, Angela Merkel, defence and security, Emmanuel Macron, Foreign policy, France, Germany, Heiko Maas, Nato, News, Security policy, Ukraine, USA|

Germany has pledged to play a more active role in NATO with Chancellor Angela Merkel promising to raise military spending to 2% of the country’s GDP by the beginning of the 2030s. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Paris, Berlin divided over nuclear’s recognition as green energy

By |november 27th, 2019|France, Franco-German relations, Germany, green investment label, News, sustainable finance, Taxonomy|

Although the EU Parliament voted to exclude nuclear power from obtaining the 'green label' in March and the Council voted to include regarding the EU's green taxonomy are still underway, France and Germany continue to clash over the labelling of nuclea...

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40.000 farmers on tractors block Berlin in protest at new agricultural policy

By |november 27th, 2019|agricultural package, agriculture, environmental measures, European Commission, farmers, Germany, groundwater, infringement procedure, Julia Klöckner, News, nitrate levels, organic farming, Svenja Schulze|

Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Berlin on Tuesday (26 November) against the government's new agricultural policy. They complained about increasing environmental protection requirements and falling product prices, which are increasingly damagi...

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Merkel’s future in balance as SPD picks new leaders

By |november 27th, 2019|Angela Merkel, Germany, News, Olaf Scholz, Social Democrats SPD|

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political future hangs in the balance as her floundering coalition partners, the SPD, elect new leaders on Saturday.

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