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Germany to ban EU citizens who abuse welfare system

27.08.14 @ 17:52

The German government on Wednesday (27 August) approved draft legislation aimed at curbing 'welfare abuse' by other EU citizens coming to the country. "Freedom of movement is an indispensable element of European ...

Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union

25.08.14 @ 13:25

Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on ...

German economic slowdown poses risk for EU recovery

13.08.14 @ 09:29

Fears that the eurozone’s recovery could stall have heightened after new German data indicated the bloc’s economic powerhouse is performing at its weakest level since 2012. Published on Tuesday (12 August) the ZEW think ...

Italy slips back into recession, Germany rejects France growth appeal

07.08.14 @ 09:24

Italy has slipped back into recession putting pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to fulfil promises to see through major structural reform to boost growth. The Italian economy, the third largest in the eurozone, ...

Hollande: Germany should do more to boost growth

05.08.14 @ 09:25

French President Francois Hollande has said Germany should do more to support growth as his government struggles to bring its budget deficit to within the EU threshold. In an interview with Le Monde, published Monday (4 ...

Europe should never be 'tired' of peace

04.08.14 @ 19:37

EU leaders attending a commemoration of World War One on Monday (4 August) evoked the fragility of peace and importance of learning the lessons of a hundred years ago. Representatives from across Europe gathered in the ...

Nato to strengthen military exercises after Russia 'aggression'

04.08.14 @ 09:28

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said the transatlantic military alliance will draw up new defence plans following Russia's "aggression" in Ukraine. In an interview with French regional newspaper Midi Libre, ...

Denmark, Germany benefit most from EU market

28.07.14 @ 18:04

The Danish and German economies have benefited most among 14 EU countries from the expansion of the bloc's single market between 1992-2012, according to a study published Monday (28 July) by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a ...

Banking union faces legal challenge in Germany

28.07.14 @ 09:28

Germany's constitutional court is once again to be a testing ground for the eurozone's reponse to the financial crisis as a group of academics has filed a case arguing that the banking union is illegal. The five ...

Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25.07.14 @ 16:57

Europeans are feeling a bit more positive about the EU than they were late last year but well over a third still feel "neutral" about it while a quarter feel outright negative about it. The Eurobarometer survey, ...

Deutsche Bank under fire in the US

23.07.14 @ 09:16

Two separate reports by the US central bank and the Senate have criticised Deutsche Bank for having internal irregularities and for helping investment funds to avoid taxes. Documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal ...

France and Germany in tussle over EU economics post

21.07.14 @ 09:22

Germany and France are locked in a tussle about who should be the next EU economic affairs commissioner, a decision that will send a key symbolic message about how euro rules will be implemented in the future. Paris ...

Merkel: Russia partly responsible for Ukraine crash

18.07.14 @ 14:59

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (18 July) said Russia must acknowledge its share of responsibility in the Ukraine plane disaster. "It is important to have an international investigation as soon as possible. ...

Birthday tributes display Merkel's power

18.07.14 @ 09:51

The celebration began on Wednesday evening during an EU summit: a box of Belgian pralines (that she won't touch given her diet); a bunch of flowers; champagne; and a German football shirt signed by all EU leaders. ...

US 'willing to talk' to Germany in latest spy dispute

11.07.14 @ 09:55

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry, on the new spy dispute in the coming days, the US State Department has said. Germany on Thursday (10 July) told a ...

German draft law clears path for EU to directly fund ailing banks

10.07.14 @ 11:04

The EU’s bailout fund has moved closer to being able to directly pump money into troubled banks after the German government introduced a bill allowing direct bank recapitalisation. The draft law will now require ...

OpinionCan Renzi succeed where others have failed?

08.07.14 @ 09:19

Debt ‘flexibility’ has been flitting in and out of the EU’s lexicon for some time now. But Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi, a social democrat, whose party in the May European election won the most decisive victory of any ...

German-US relations strained by new spy scandal

07.07.14 @ 09:30

Relations between Germany and the US are being strained by a new scandal after the arrest of a German spy who was allegedly also working for the American intelligence services. The US ambassador was invited to give ...

Germany adopts minimum wage

03.07.14 @ 17:49

The German parliament on Thursday (3 July) approved the introduction of a minimum wage of €8.50 per hour from 2015 on, a policy shift that could boost growth elsewhere in Europe. Of the 601 votes cast, 535 voted in ...

EUobservedThe centre-left – acting like victors after the EU vote?

25.06.14 @ 08:44

The centre-left is playing a remarkable game since it came second in the EU elections one month ago. A straight up look at the political factions in the European Parliament shows that the centre-right have 221 seats ...

Post EU ElectionsUK to go to the wire in anti-Juncker push

18.06.14 @ 16:40

The UK has indicated that it is prepared to take its fight to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming EU commission president right to its conclusion, possibly provoking an unprecedented vote among EU leaders at next week's ...

German minister calls for EU budget rules to be loosened

17.06.14 @ 09:51

Germany’s economy minister has signalled that the EU should loosen its rules on budget deficits to allow governments more space to pursue growth-driving economic reforms. “No one wants higher debt, but we can only cut ...

Post EU ElectionsFighting Juncker – how not to conduct a battle

16.06.14 @ 17:10

It is a bizarre way to fight a battle, particularly when the stakes are so high. What led David Cameron to pursue this anti-Juncker campaign in such a spectacularly foot-stomping manner? His stirring of the tabloids, ...

Post EU ElectionsTories 'very disappointed' about teaming up with Merkel adversaries

12.06.14 @ 15:13

The Tory-dominated, anti-federalist group in the European Parliament (ECR) on Thursday (12 June) accepted the membership of seven German MEPs from the anti-euro Alternative fuer Deutschland, a move likely to be a ...

Post EU ElectionsConservative group to decide on Merkel adversaries

12.06.14 @ 09:29

The Tory-lead conservative group in the European Parliament is likely to take in seven German MEPs from the anti-euro Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party. At its meeting on Thursday (12 June), the European ...

Post EU ElectionsJuncker opponents: Focus on reforms, not names

10.06.14 @ 13:52

Failing to agree on Jean-Claude Juncker as next EU commission president, the leaders of Germany, Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands on Tuesday (10 June) said it was important to focus on EU reforms rather than names. ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel takes boat trip with Juncker opponents

10.06.14 @ 09:27

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a trip in Sweden listened to British, Swedish and Dutch arguments against appointing Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU commission chief. Invited by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel seeks to square the circle on Juncker and UK

04.06.14 @ 20:46

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (4 June) told the Bundestag she is trying to get enough leaders to back Jean-Claude Juncker for the EU commission presidency, but warned against isolating Britain. "I am ...

Post EU ElectionsEU states at odds over Juncker

02.06.14 @ 09:28

Jean-Claude Juncker may have been endorsed by Germany for the European Commission top job, but Italy and France have signalled opposition, while Britain has warned about the consequences of choosing the former ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel endorses Juncker after all

30.05.14 @ 18:52

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (30 May) gave her first clear endorsement of Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the EU commission, after criticism back home about EU leaders ignoring the ...

Post EU ElectionsVote for Schulz to ensure a German commission president, says ad

23.05.14 @ 13:52

While EU commission president candidates position themselves above the domestic fray – European candidates for a European job – their political parties at home can be much more pragmatic. Germany's SPD party, political ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel: Voters elect next commission chief 'in principle'

22.05.14 @ 21:47

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 May) made conciliatory gestures towards the European Parliament on the choice of the next commission president after Sunday's EU elections. In an interview with Passauer ...

EU court: Countries are entitled to reject benefit claims

21.05.14 @ 09:12

Countries can reject benefit claims by citizens of other EU countries if they are engaging in 'social tourism', the advocate general of the European Court of Justice said Tuesday (20 May) in an opinion likely to be ...

Post EU ElectionsBelgium, Spain, France field most senior MEPs in EU vote

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Is the European Parliament an important institution to which political heavyweights should be sent? Or is it a place for potential talent to learn the metier, away from their member state's capital? Opinions on the ...

Post EU ElectionsEuro-exit parties fail to do their maths

07.05.14 @ 09:28

What is the price of a monetary union, or of leaving one, for that matter? These questions are now being raised by the eurosceptic parties that are gathering momentum in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland, all ...

Merkel and Obama bury hatchet on US spying

02.05.14 @ 09:29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Friday (2 May) are poised to mend ties after the exposure of her phone being tapped and millions of Germans spied upon by the National Security Agency ( ...

FocusOn the German-Polish border 10 years after enlargement

30.04.14 @ 18:32

"The only way to tell a Pole apart from a German these days is at the swimming pool. Poles keep their swimming suits on under the shower, Germans don't," quips Krzysztof Wojciechowski, head of Collegium Pollonicum – an ...

Ex-German chancellor causes stir after partying with Putin

30.04.14 @ 09:30

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has come under fire after pictures were published showing him hugging and smiling at Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when Russia continues to stir trouble in Ukraine ...

Post EU ElectionsGerman political humour sends up EU

29.04.14 @ 09:29

One of the most frequent stereotypes about Germans is that they lack humour. Their politicians even more so. And politicians speaking about the EU are considered in a class of their own in terms of tedium. But not for ...

Post EU ElectionsGerman centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

16.04.14 @ 09:15

Jean-Claude Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the role of President of the European Commission, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters. Forty days ahead of European ...

Merkel in Athens after bond sale success

11.04.14 @ 09:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Athens on Friday (11 April) in a show of support for the Greek government after its successful return to the bond markets and a first budgetary surplus in 11 years. It is ...

Steinmeier disagrees with German business chiefs on Russia

10.04.14 @ 09:30

German politicians are divided into two broad categories: 'Russia understanders' and 'Russia critics'. The doveish Social-Democrats (SPD), including two former chancellors - Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt, who ...

German ruling party ponders limiting powers of top court

07.04.14 @ 09:29

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are pondering how to limit the powers of the "latent anti-European" Constitutional Court, whose latest verdict will allow fringe parties to have representatives in the European ...

Post EU ElectionsNordic populist parties divided on which EP group to join

02.04.14 @ 09:13

Right-wing populist parties from the Nordic countries are set to take different political paths after the European elections in May. While the Sweden Democrats are looking towards the likely coalition between France’s ...

Post EU ElectionsFar-right waltz in Vienna: the Freedom Party and its fraternities

01.04.14 @ 09:31

Once a year, the Viennese faction of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) invites members and friends of the Burschenschaften (student fraternities) to a ball night at the city’s imperial Hofburg palace. On 24 January the ...

OpinionEven Germany's intellectual elite is falling out of love with the EU

28.03.14 @ 16:51

The European Union is under attack from all sides. To many on the Right in Europe, it seems to be an over-regulated bureaucracy that is undermining the bloc’s competitiveness. To those on the Left, it appears in the ...

Post EU ElectionsGerman anti-euro party broadens its platform to left and right

26.03.14 @ 09:28

In an attempt to broaden its election appeal, Germany's new anti-euro party has published an EU election manifesto with ideas seen in both far-right and far-left platforms. In its election manifesto adopted on Sunday ( ...

German government to curb 'welfare tourism'

25.03.14 @ 09:50

A special panel set up to look at welfare abuse in Germany has proposed tightening the rules and only giving child support to people with a German tax number. The findings of the special report are to be adopted by the ...

EU leaders agree new Russia sanctions

21.03.14 @ 02:21

EU leaders have reacted to Russia's annexation of Crimea by blacklisting 12 new names and by agreeing to send EU peace monitors if need be. "We have 12 names and I can assure you that some of them are really high- ...

Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

19.03.14 @ 18:48

EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia's annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go. At the crux of the debates will be ...

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