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California’s economy may surpass Germany’s, but what’s beneath the numbers?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum “The future always looks good in a golden land,” one of California’s most clear-eyed chroniclers wrote, “because no one remembers the past.” I lived a large chunk of my […]

Bend It Like Scholz: Can Germany show the way to heal the EU-China relations?

That the EU-China relations have been facing challenges is not news. Lately we have been witnessing a change of course in the EU’s stance towards its biggest trade partner. Just a couple of years ago the EU started this turmoil by calling China “systemic rival” while the European Parliament froze the Comprehensive Investment Agreement (CAI). […]

EU Cohesion Policy: €2.5 billion for a just climate transition in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the German Länder North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony Anhalt launch the Just Transition Fund (JTF) programming to support their fair transition to a green economy. Germany committed to 65% less CO2 emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2045. The country’s commitment […]

Germany’s €9 transit ticket cuts 1.8 million tonnes of CO2

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Spencer Feingold, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum For three months, Germany has been offering ultracheap monthly tickets for all local trains, metros, trams and buses. The scheme was introduced in an effort to encourage the use […]

Statement from the Commission on clarifications discussed with Germany regarding investment protection in the context of the CETA agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and Canada are trusted and like-minded partners that share the same goals when it comes to promoting open, sustainable and fair trade. Our EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) aims to support our common objective of climate protection. In this context, […]

EU cohesion policy: Commission adopts €20 billion Partnership Agreement with Germany for 2021-2027 

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today its Partnership Agreement with Germany, laying down Germany’s investment strategy for more than €20 billion in cohesion funding for the period 2021-2027. The cohesion funds will continue to support German regions in promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion, supporting key […]

Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the natural gas sector in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 29 March 2022, the European Commission carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies in Germany active in the supply, transmission and storage of natural gas. The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU competition rules that […]

France, Germany, UK, US and EU launch ground-breaking International Just Energy Transition Partnership with South Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, have today announced a new ambitious, long-term Just Energy Transition Partnership to support South Africa’s decarbonisation efforts. The Partnership aims to accelerate the […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €2.25 billion in pre-financing to Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €2.25 billion to Germany in pre-financing, equivalent to 9% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This corresponds to the pre-financing amount requested by Germany in its recovery and resilience plan. The pre-financing […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Germany and Greece submit official recovery and resilience plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Germany and Greece. These plans set out the reforms and public investment projects that each Member State plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into compensation for early closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to compensate lignite-fired power plants for phasing out earlier than foreseen are in line with EU State aid rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The phase-out […]

Team Europe: EU and Germany join forces with the Government of Bangladesh to safeguard the livelihoods of workers in export-oriented industries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and Germany are joining forces with the Government of Bangladesh and will provide €113 million to safeguard the livelihoods of vulnerable workers in the garment and leather export-oriented industries. Due to the unprecedented socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, these workers […]

State aid: Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German scheme to support the deployment of very high capacity broadband networks offering Gigabit speeds in Germany. The aid will bring these networks to customers in areas where the market does not provide […]

Commission and Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today at the virtual High-Level Conference “Digital Health 2020 – EU on the Move”, the Commission and Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe, and […]

EU and Germany join efforts to support the African Union’s response to coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU continues to work with Member States to tackle the coronavirus pandemic on all fronts. Today, 500.000 additional coronavirus testing kits have been provided to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The test kits were delivered by […]

Billions for sustainable investments – Germany’s plan for a green recovery

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harry Kretchmer, Senior Writer, Formative Content One third of Germany’s stimulus plan could help lower emissions. Billions are being spent on ‘green hydrogen’ – an energy source that could help to fuel industry – and to subsidise electric […]

This is Germany’s $45 billion, 18-year plan to move away from coal

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany has said it will phase out coal by 2038 as it looks to renewable energy sources for its power generation. A $45 billion compensation fund will assist the closure of lignite […]

This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Carnivores are in the firing line, with nations including Germany, Denmark and Sweden considering a tax on meat. Advocates of such a plan say the environmental impact, health ramifications and concerns about animal […]

Germany is trying to rescue its fabled forests from climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany’s forests are in a bad way. Two summers of extreme heat and a plague of pests and timber diseases have reduced their area by the equivalent of 200,000 football fields. Now the […]

Canada has created an Arctic conservation zone almost as big as Germany

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Canada’s Inuit people, whose lands occupy the remote northeastern region of Nunavut, live in an Arctic wilderness of raw natural beauty that is now under threat from climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

Taxation: Commission refers Germany to the Court for its failure to apply EU rules on VAT for farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for not applying the EU Value Added Tax (VAT) scheme for farmers correctly. Under current EU rules, Member States can apply a flat-rate VAT scheme (Council Directive 2006/112/EC) […]

Mergers: Commission clears Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition by Vodafone of Liberty Global’s cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Vodafone. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge […]

France and Germany can’t reach consensus regarding EU’s top jobs

The EU leaders are expected to meet again on Sunday to discuss about who will be taking over the EU top jobs, while France and Germany seem unable to agree who will be the successor of Jean-Claude Juncker. Last week’s EU summit didn’t conclude on the matter, something that exerts extra pressure onto the bloc’s […]

Germany is turning its old mines into tourist hotspots

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Set in the foothills of mountains, surrounded by greenery and dotted with buzzing cafés, visitors to Germany’s Lusatian Lake District may have little idea of the scarred landscape beneath the peaceful waters. Thirty years […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

The European Commission (EC), after months of investigation and discussions, came to the independent conclusion to refuse the merger of the rail companies Siemens and Alstom despite the improvements provided by the two firms together with the continuous pressure by the French and German governments. Nevertheless, France and Germany still believe that the EU has wrongly […]

France, Germany challenge Trump’s America on Iran and the reign of the dollar

Last week, the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel challenged the US President Trump by deciding to create a real European army. This week, the two European leaders said they are seriously working on the project to build a financial/trade-clearing mechanism, meant to override the American sanctions against Iran. In both […]

Germany is the world’s most innovative economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Germany is currently in the driving seat when it comes to innovation – thanks in part to the speed it’s developing new technologies like driverless cars. In the World Economic Forum’s latest […]

Security spillovers from Trump’s trade wars: China, Germany prepare for global disorder

US President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade strategy has now gone past the economic landscape and touched security issues. There are strong signs that next month’s security meeting between US and China may be cancelled. If this is the case, the two largest economies of the earth may enter uncharted waters. Until now, they have been […]

Parallel downfalls of Merkel and Deutsche Bank threaten Germany and Europe

Only a few years ago, Germany’s stars of pride and accomplishment were personified and embodied in the unparalleled triumphant stories and achievements of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Bank. They both had amazed Europe and the world, with their successes in the politico-economic universe. Until the legislative elections of September 2017, and probably sometime earlier […]

The EU sides with China against the US; but has Germany capitulated to America?

If billions of EU penalties on American icon companies and U.S. super tariffs on European cars are strong and aggressive trade weapons, then yes the EU and the U.S. are at all out economic war. As in all wars, the difficult or even impossible thing is to predict its end. Unavoidably, there will be victims […]

Trump doesn’t only target Germany, aims to crack the entire EU

The EU-US trade war is now deeply dividing Europe between those who export cars to America and those who don’t. Germany and France have for quite some time been at odds, regarding the handling of the latest Donald Trump threat to impose import super-tariffs on cars assembled in Europe. Now, however, their differences are becoming […]

The US calls off globalization, targets Germany. Paris offer to Berlin comes at a cost

Last Friday, the ‘America first’ President Donald Trump repeated his threats to impose a super tariff on imports of European cars, obviously having in mind the German automotive industry. His latest menace came only hours after the European Union moderately retaliated to the US aggressive trade action, by levying additional import duties on American goods […]

Germany’s strong anti-bribery enforcement against individuals needs to be matched by comparably strong enforcement against companies

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Germany continues to demonstrate a high level of anti-bribery enforcement having prosecuted and sanctioned 328 individuals and 18 companies in foreign bribery cases since 1999. Germany is commended for its focus on holding culpable individuals liable, however, with companies held liable in only a quarter of […]