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New industrial alliance: approval for Berlin’s renewable energy initiative
The German government can count on a lot of support for its initiative to promote the production of renewable energy technologies in Europe. It is said, that EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton will explicitly support Berlin's initiative at the Competitiveness Council today. There is also a lot of support in the industry and a demand for more speed. continue reading →
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Germany purchases LNG from the Emirates
Germany will receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United Arab Emirates as a substitute for missing energy supplies from Russia. During the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to the Gulf state, the Essen-based energy company RWE concluded a contract on Sunday for an initial delivery of 137,000 cubic meters of LNG. It […] continue reading →
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EU member states condemn violence in Iran
The European Union has condemned the use of violence against dissident protesters by Iranian security and police forces. “For the European Union and its member states, the widespread and disproportionate use of force against non-violent demonstrators is unjustifiable and unacceptable,” High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said Sunday on behalf of the […] continue reading →
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Von der Leyen in New York: ‘We must fight poverty’
At the end of her US trip – including to the UN General Assembly – EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged financial assistance to address the current food, climate and natural crisis and improve global health. Speaking at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, President von der Leyen reiterated the EU’s commitment […] continue reading →
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LIBE Committee members visit Irish Data Protection Commission
A delegation of MEPs from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee traveled to Ireland for three days to learn how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is implemented and enforced. The MEPs were as interested in how the “one-stop store” mechanism works as they were in the work of the […] continue reading →
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JURI committee members see major challenges at TTC
Members of the Judiciary Committee (JURI) met with various congressional and government officials, stakeholders, and academics in Washington. Topics included recent EU and US developments in artificial intelligence and the metaverse. However, the agenda also included IPR enforcement, particularly concerning China, and other topics. “During our mission, we were able to see that EU-US cooperation […] continue reading →
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Digital policy (2): further projects on this fall’s agenda
The EU has already launched important digital topics after the summer break, but with the Chips Act and CSAM, further important legal acts are pending. Part 2 of our digital projects overview in fall 2022. continue reading →
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Xi and Putin: ‘old friends’ and rivals
At the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping celebrate closing ranks against the West. But the warm words distract from Xi's true success. continue reading →
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SOTEU: what von der Leyen announced – and what is just repacked
Ursula von der Leyen received much praise for her speech in the European Parliament yesterday. A second look reveals that some of her proposals have merely been repackaged. But there were surprises, such as the strong emphasis on the middle class. An overview of the most important points and initial assessments. continue reading →
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Chip manufacturer: Politics and industry woo TSMC
The German government, the EU Commission and the automotive industry want to persuade the Taiwanese company to build its first semiconductor factory in Europe. This is about jobs, but above all about greater supply security for the companies. continue reading →
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EU finance ministers: When is the kick-off for fiscal reforms?
Since 2020, European finance ministers have unsuccessfully tried to agree on a future EU fiscal policy. The Czech presidency now wants to push the discussion forward, and the IMF is also pushing for a quick solution. This weekend, the ministers will meet informally in Prague. continue reading →
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Hildegard Müller: ‘Simply leaving China is not the solution’
VDA President Hildegard Müller analyzes the impacts of the new geopolitical risks. There must be no turning away from globalization, she warns in an interview with Lukas Scheid and Markus Grabitz. And she warns the EU Commission to go overboard on the cost for consumers of the Green Deal. continue reading →
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Digital policy (1): this fall’s agenda
The Czech presidency has set itself the goal of advancing both the green and the digital transformation. It will have until the end of the year to do so. Part 1 of our summary of the digital projects for the fall of 2022. continue reading →
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Heiko Gossen – championing digitalization
It has become clear that digitization in Germany still has a long way to go since the pandemic at the latest. One person who wants to support progress is Heiko Gossen, CEO of Migosens, a consulting firm for data protection, information security and worksmart. Migosens’ customers come from the telecommunications, energy, finance or production sectors. […] continue reading →
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Habeck on energy saving: situation is tense in Germany
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) still sees a long way to go in saving energy in the face of severe cutbacks of Russian gas deliveries. Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, Habeck said with regard to two energy-saving decrees approved by the cabinet, this would reduce gas consumption by roughly two to two-and-a-half percent. However, […] continue reading →
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Summit in Denmark on the expansion of wind energy in the Baltic Sea
Denmark is hosting a summit next week on the expansion of wind energy in the Baltic Sea. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and heads of state from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Finland are expected to attend the summit on the island of Bornholm next Tuesday, the office of Danish Prime Minister Mette […] continue reading →
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Inbox advertising: Noyb files complaint against Google
Google allegedly violated a European Union court ruling by sending unwanted promotional emails directly to the inboxes of Gmail users. This is what the European advocacy group Noyb accuses the American Internet company of doing and filed a complaint to this effect with the French data protection authority Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés […] continue reading →
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Innovative finance can help rebuild Ukraine
Ukraine will not be able to finance its huge postwar reconstruction needs on its own and should not count on reparations from Russia. But two innovative and recently proven mechanisms can help to bridge at least some of the funding gap. continue reading →
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