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Monthly Archives: November 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 of an "existential crisis". The five northern German states fear for the future of the wind power...

Berlin: BER airport to finally open gates in October 2020

The new Capital Airport BER is scheduled to open on 31 October 2020. This was announced by the operators on Friday. Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. In the case of the humiliating and disastrous...

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 (Bundesrat) stopped the changes to the commuter allowance and cheaper train tickets for long-distance traffic. The CO2 price, however, has...

Germany to increase NATO contributions

Under pressure from US President Trump, the NATO states have agreed on a new distribution of the organisation's busget. In the future, Germany will pay as much as the USA. That is 33 million euros more annually. In the...

BMW announces cuts to save 12bn until 2022

After Audi, the car manufacturer BMW has now also announced an 'austerity plan'. Instead of job cuts, however, the Munich-based company will focus on shlashing the employee profit-sharing plan. That way, twelve billion euros are to be saved by 2022.

Opinion: We should have done better with Brexit

As the United Kingdom elects a new government on 12 December, likely a Tory government under Boris Johnson with a comfortable absolute majority, Brexit looms ever larger - and with it resurface doubts as to what could have been done to prevent...

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. The CDU/CSU has rejected a proposal by the SPD to drastically tighten the rules for arms exports. The foreign policy...

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

On the first weekend of December, the Social Democrats will elect a new leadership and the stakes are high. Centrist Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz and little-known party member Klara Geywitz are up against the more left-leaning Norbert Walter-Borjans (NoWaBo) and MP Saskia...

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 their businesses. Thousands of farmers from all over Germany are clogging up the capital with their...

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 at record levels and more money for climate protection. The opposition, however, criticises the draft as "not fit for...