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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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Chancellor Scholz sees Ukraine in the EU
According to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukraine should become a member of the European Union. “Ukraine has a firm place in Europe, and that is as a member of the EU,” Scholz stressed in a video message on the country’s Independence Day. He reiterated a decision at the EU summit in June, which opened the […] continue reading →
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Norway wants to maintain high natural gas production until 2030
Norway has held out the prospect of natural gas production at the current, record-high level until the end of the decade. The current production level should be able to be maintained until 2030, Energy Minister Terje Aasland told Reuters news agency on Tuesday. He said there were “projects and plans for development and operation that […] continue reading →
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Poland’s president calls for removal of Nord Stream 2
Polish President Andrzej Duda has called for the elimination of the fallow Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline between Russia and Germany in Kyiv. Because of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, there can be no return to normality in relations with Moscow, Duda said Tuesday at the online consultations of the so-called Crimea […] continue reading →
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VW and Mercedes: battery raw materials from Canada
The two German car companies, VW and Mercedes, want to explore close cooperation with Canada to secure important raw materials for battery production. Yesterday, they signed letters of intent with the Canadian government in Toronto. continue reading →
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Director General of DG CLIMA Mauro Petriccione deceased
Mauro Petriccione, Director General of Directorate General CLIMA since 2018, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced. He died of a heart attack. Over the past four years, he had headed a Directorate General that is becoming increasingly important – especially within an institution that had previously tended to favor […] continue reading →
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Borrell: answer from Iran to EU proposal on nuclear deal was ‘reasonable’
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that a response from Iran to the EU’s latest proposal on a nuclear deal with the US was “reasonable”. “There was a proposal from me as coordinator of the negotiations… and a response from Iran that I considered reasonable. It was transmitted to the United States which has not […] continue reading →
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Majority of gas levy goes to two companies
According to information from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, a large part of the billion-euro levy to rescue gas importers will go to two companies. According to the report, more than 90 percent of the €34 billion gas levy to be paid by April 2024 will go to two gas trading partners with Russia: Uniper and the […] continue reading →
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EU MEPs want sanctions against more Russians
MEPs are calling for a drastic expansion of EU entry bans against supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war on Ukraine. At the very least, punitive measures should be imposed on the more than 6,000 people who are on a list compiled by the foundation of jailed Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, according to […] continue reading →
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