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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Northern states ring alarm bells on wind energy

The northern German states fear for the future of the wind power industry. In a joint letter to Chancellor Merkel, they warn...

Climate laws blocked by Bundesrat in bid to renegotiate deal

Parts of the climate package must be renegotiated in the Conciliation Committee of Bundestag and Bundesrat. Among other things, the Upper House...

SPD for stricter rules on arms exports, policy document states

A position paper by the Social Democrats on more restrictive rules for arms exports has caused a divide in the Grand Coalition....

SPD in head-to-head race for new leadership: a pivotal moment for...

On the first weekend of December, the Social Democrats will elect a new leadership and the stakes are high. Centrist Vice Chancellor...

Farmers rally against Agriculture Minister in centre of Berlin

In Berlin, thousands of farmers are protesting against stricter regulations on insect and environmental protection, which they consider an existential threat to...

Scholz defends 2020 budget in Bundestag – and meets criticism

The Grand Coalition is satisfied with the federal budget for 2020, and points to its core pillars: no new goverment debt, investments...

SPD wants to reform child allowance

The SPD wants to reform the child allowance system: at least 250 euros per child, an income-based payout and a "participation account"...

Cabinet retreat yields new plans for e-car incentives and digital strategy

The Merkel government has decided to further increase incentives for e-cars and improve nationwide mobile phone coverage. At its...

Green light for ‘Kenya’ coalition in Brandenburg

The formation of a new government coalition in Brandenburg get its go-ahead: After SPD and CDU, the Greens have approved the formation...

Cabinet to lower healthcare contributions for company pensioners

Up until now, pensioners have had to contribute 15% of their company pensions to the public health insurance fund. According to a...