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Merkel: EU strategy is to maintain Russia sanctions

19.12.14 @ 01:36

Germany has warned the EU will not roll back Russia sanctions unless Vladimir Putin makes major concessions, in Europe’s first “strategic” talks on the crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel told press at an EU summit on ...

German cabinet approves road toll aimed at foreigners

17.12.14 @ 17:56

The German government on Wednesday (17 December) approved a plan to introduce a road toll expected to have the net effect of only foreign drivers paying the levy. The move comes despite protests from the EU and ...

OpinionWhere would you live in Europe?

08.12.14 @ 09:21

If you could live anywhere in Europe, where would it be? Latest OECD migration figures show Germany rose to become the top migration destination after the United States in 2013, as recently reported by EUobserver. ...

Germany to step up emissions reductions

04.12.14 @ 09:24

Germany announced on Wednesday (3 December) it is stepping up its efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 2020. Berlin's plan includes tax incentives to improve energy efficiency in buildings while electricity producers ...

OpinionBosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?

04.12.14 @ 09:21

For many years now, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been the victim of political stagnation. Its constitutional makeup, prescribing a power-sharing government between the three main ethnic groups (Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats ...

Germany second top migration destination of choice after US

01.12.14 @ 18:11

More migrants are heading to Germany than any other wealthy country except the US, according to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). An OECD report out Monday (1 December) says ...

French and German economies must come closer, experts say

28.11.14 @ 13:18

Failure by the eurozone’s largest economies, traditionally EU allies, to act together risks plunging the currency bloc into a “stagnation trap” a report published Thursday (November 27) by Henrik Enderlein, of Germany's ...

German commissioner provokes French wrath

21.11.14 @ 18:11

German commissioner Guenther Oettinger has drawn ire from French politicians after urging budget rigour and calling France a "deficit recidivist", in an op-ed published in French daily Les Echos on Thursday (20 November ...

Dutch had euro-exit plan at height of crisis

21.11.14 @ 09:53

Details have emerged indicating that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis. In early 2012, a few months after the ...

ECB ready to buy government bonds, Draghi signals

17.11.14 @ 19:48

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi has indicated that he is prepared for the bank to buy government bonds if necessary to ward off a spiral of recession and deflation in the eurozone. Addressing MEPs on Monday (17 ...

Germany returns to growth, Italy falls into recession

14.11.14 @ 17:25

Germany's economy has returned to growth while Italy has officially fallen back into recession, according to data for the third quarter of 2014 published Friday (November 14) by Eurostat. Overall, the eighteen countries ...

EU court: Countries can deny benefits to 'welfare tourists'

11.11.14 @ 11:59

EU citizens who move to another member state "solely in order to obtain social assistance" may be excluded from benefits schemes, the European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Tuesday (11 November). The ruling is likely ...

Germany plans extra €10 billion investment to head off EU critics

07.11.14 @ 09:29

Germany has given the first hint that it is prepared to increase public investment to steer a return to economic growth after Angela Merkel's government pledged to invest an extra €10 billion by 2018. "I will propose to ...

Merkel: UK exit better than restricting free movement

03.11.14 @ 09:29

German chancellor Angela Merkel would reportedly prefer the UK to leave the EU than have Downing Street limit the free movement of people. Unnamed sources in the German government told the German weekly Der Spiegel that ...

Oettinger stirs controversy ahead of new role as digital commissioner

30.10.14 @ 18:29

Recent statements by the next EU digital commissioner Gunther Oettinger on imposing a special tax on Google has drawn carefully-worded criticism from within the current EU commission. Oettinger, in an interview with ...

Ailing eurozone back on markets' radar

16.10.14 @ 16:52

The eurozone appears to have come back onto the markets' radar amid low inflation, poor economic news from Germany, and Greece's bailout exit plans. Greece's long-term borrowing costs went above 8 percent on Thursday ( ...

Policy change in Germany only when economy 'hits wall'

15.10.14 @ 18:37

Germany is at risk of economic hubris, a top economist has said, noting that the country should not think it is invulnerable nor that EU membership makes it a victim. In a new book – The Germany illusion – Marcel ...

ECB defends "whatever it takes" scheme in EU court

14.10.14 @ 19:43

ECB lawyers defended the bond-buying programme at the heart of Mario Draghi's promise to do "whatever it takes" to protect the eurozone at the EU’s top court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (14 October). The case was brought ...

Eurozone in danger of repeating Japanese stagnation, IMF chief warns

10.10.14 @ 09:11

International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde has warned that the eurozone risks following Japan and falling into a prolonged cycle of recession and stagnation. Speaking on Thursday (9 October) ahead of the IMF's ...

Germany on brink of recession as exports tumble

09.10.14 @ 14:59

Germany is on the brink of recession after recording its weakest export levels for five years. Data published by the Federal Statistics Office on Thursday (9 October) indicated that exports slumped by 5.8 percent ...

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement (Ceta), German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners have said. Speaking in the ...

German anti-euro party gains seats in state parliaments

15.09.14 @ 09:27

Germany's anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) got a further boost on Sunday (14 September) entering two more state parliaments following regional votes. “We are a party that is renewing the political landscape ...

Online anti-EU networks fragmented and nation-based

12.09.14 @ 09:24

Anti-EU online networks are as fragmented and nationally-based as in the real world and they tend to operate in isolation, but the big exception is Ukip which has built up a large online network in the UK. A study by ...

Bavarian politician calls for checks on Austria-Germany border

09.09.14 @ 09:27

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has said Germany should introduce border checks to block refugees coming from Italy. "Italy is in clear violation of the Schengen [border-free area] accords. If this doesn't stop, Germany ...

Berlin-Paris tensions re-emerge as ECB ponders stimulus

02.09.14 @ 09:29

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is testing the mood of EU governments as he ponders whether to unleash a new wave of monetary stimulus to boost the eurozone's struggling economy. On Monday (1 September), French ...

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 ...