All articles by Till Hoppe

CDU/CSU against more leeway in the SGP
The CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag is against more leeway in EU fiscal rules. It is necessary to “slim down the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) to a few basic rules and to make the procedures for enforcing the rules more effective than before, without watering down the European fiscal rules,” according to a […] continue reading →
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Italy receives billions from the EU – election result worries citizens
Two days after the victory of the right-wing alliance in Italy’s parliamentary elections, the EU Commission has approved a further tranche from the Next Generation EU recovery program for the country. The authority was in favor of releasing €21 billion from the pot. The member states now have the final say. The transfer rewards the […] continue reading →
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Outlook: the fall agenda for trade policy
Globalization was yesterday; the new mantra of European trade policy is (transparent) strategic autonomy. Our fall trade policy outlook highlights which instruments the EU aims to use in the increasingly harsh international environment and which partners it wants to create binding agreements with. continue reading →
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Poland views Scholz initiative ‘very skeptically’
Poland continues to reject a move away from the unanimity principle in EU foreign policy. The Polish government views Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s proposal to that effect “very skeptically,” Polish European Affairs Minister Konrad Szymański said Friday after a meeting with his counterparts from Germany and France, Anna Lührmann and Laurence Boone. “Unanimity gives legitimacy to […] continue reading →
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Franziska Brantner: ‘A lot of damage can be done on the commodity markets’
In an interview with Till Hoppe and Felix Lee, the Green Party politician talks about the pitfalls of a raw materials strategy, strategic stockpiling and a new trade policy. She also explains why decoupling from China is the wrong way, but diversification is necessary – and what that means for state investment guarantees in China. continue reading →
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Breton: finance industrial policy through joint debt
EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, has expressed his support for financing a new EU Sovereignty Fund through debt. Unconventional ideas are needed in the face of numerous challenges and little room for maneuver in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework, Breton wrote in a blog post. “In this respect, I believe that we […] continue reading →
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Anton Hofreiter: ‘The crisis makes pragmatists of us all’
In an interview with Till Hoppe and Falk Steiner, the Green politician talks about reserve nuclear power plants and European solidarity, a new edition of the EU recovery fund and the need to strengthen the EU Commission and the European Parliament. continue reading →
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SOTEU: what to expect from von der Leyen’s address
On Wednesday, EU Commission President von der Leyen will present her plans for the coming months. Energy crisis, Ukraine, EU reform – reality dictates the big issues. We provide an outlook. continue reading →
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European political community: first meeting scheduled
French President Emmanuel Macron had presented his idea of a European Political Community in May, and now the concept is taking shape: A first meeting will take place on the sidelines of the informal European Council in Prague on October 7, Council President Charles Michel announced during his visit to Berlin on Friday. He said […] continue reading →
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Energy crisis: Macron and Scholz vow solidarity
Germany and France have assured each other of mutual solidarity in the energy crisis. “Germany needs our gas and we need power from the rest of Europe, notably Germany,” French President Emmanuel Macron said after a video conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. France plans to complete the necessary connections in the coming weeks to […] continue reading →
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Scholz presents his offer to Europe
No EU enlargement without far-reaching reforms, a European air defense system and a new crisis program: In his keynote speech on European policy, the German chancellor lays out the steps the most important member state is prepared to take. The debate thus picks up speed. continue reading →
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Orbán promises more transparency
Hungary has offered to change laws criticized by the EU Commission to eliminate rule of law abuses in the country. The government has already submitted part of these legislative changes to Brussels and promised further legislative changes if an agreement is reached with the Commission in the ongoing conditionality procedure, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s […] continue reading →
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Macron: deprivation is the ‘price of freedom’
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has appealed to the willingness of citizens to pay the “price of freedom” in the face of the economic consequences of the sanctions policy. The French people need “strength of soul” to resist “uncertainty, sometimes comfort and adversity, and to accept together to pay the price of our freedom and values,” […] continue reading →
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Bernd Lange: ‘Then there will be no more cooperation’
The chairman of the trade committee in the European Parliament warns China of the consequences of an attack on Taiwan. However, the geopolitical tensions situation gave trade policy new momentum, says the SPD politician in an interview with Amelie Richter and Till Hoppe. He expects several new deals. continue reading →
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Canada to supply green hydrogen
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Economy Minister Robert Habeck plan to sign an agreement on the production of green hydrogen during their upcoming visit to Canada. The country has enormous potential in this area. The agreement aims to initiate the ramp-up in the coming years, according to government sources in Berlin. On Sunday, the chancellor […] continue reading →
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EU Commission puts Orbán in hot water
The EU Commission is adding pressure on Hungary in the rule of law conflict by threatening Prime Minister Orbán with withholding billions in EU funds. Experts agree that the sanctions would hit Budapest hard. continue reading →
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Commission increases pressure on Orbán
The EU Commission wants to get serious with financial sanctions against Hungary if head of government Viktor Orbán does not take effective action against corruption. The measures offered so far are not sufficient, a Commission spokesman said last night. Hungary now has one month to follow up. Then the authority will decide whether to propose […] continue reading →
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Michael Clauß – the man for the long haul
It’s nine in the morning, but Michael Clauß kindly declines a cup of coffee. He already had two breakfast appointments, says the German EU ambassador, so his caffeine needs are covered. The next appointment is already scheduled, and it will take Clauß to the so-called confessional. The cabinet of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen […] continue reading →
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