Germany

    • German minister calls for 2% of land for wind power

      German minister calls for 2% of land for wind power

      German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has called for more land to be made available for wind energy and has demanded that the government move forward on the issue. Schulze, a member of the Social Democrats (SPD) wants to see more backing for her proposal from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), the lead partner in Germany's governing coalition.

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    • German industry stalls on lack of raw materials

      German industry stalls on lack of raw materials

      German industry is slowing the post Covid-19 recovery as input supply bottlenecks undermine the output growth, Reuters reported. Deficit of semiconductors, timber and other intermediate goods is seen as a major factor behind the unexpected slump of German industry in April, following a negative revised results for March, the Federal Statistics office said. The industrial output dropped 1.0% on the month after a downward revised increase of 2.2% in March.

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    • EU mulls drastic measures to curb carbon emissions

      EU mulls drastic measures to curb carbon emissions

      European Commission is expected to propose the implementation of new dramatic measures by the Member States in a move to enforce faster shift to greener economy. The expected EC move is earmarked for 14 July, Reuters reported. The EC has already secured the key support of EU biggest economy - Germany. The draft EC proposal includes at least a dozen new measures aimed at reducing the greenhouse emissions. A key point is scrapping up the free carbon permits of airlines.

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    • Germany eyes key Saxony-Anhalt vote

      Germany eyes key Saxony-Anhalt vote

      Germany expects the outcome of regional elections in the Eastern province Saxony-Anhalt held on Sunday. The results will have great influence of the expected national elections in September, Reuters reported. Depending on the outcome, the vote may pave a victorious way for Armin Laschet in his bid to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of the ruling German right wing Christian Democrats (CDU).

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    • Germany probes Google news showcase

      Germany probes Google news showcase

      German antitrust body announced it had launched an investigation focused on Google's news showcase platform, Reuters reported. The platform makes possible for the news to appear on Google's website. The option is lucrative for publishers but still the German antitrust body checks whether all publishers have equal possibilities to promote their products. "However, it must be ensured that this does not lead to discrimination between individual publishers," the Competition Committee said in a statement.

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    • Germany eyes 4% 2021 GDP growth

      Germany eyes 4% 2021 GDP growth

      Germany expects the economic growth of the country to reach as high as 4%, AP reported. The 2021 economic prospects were revealed by Germany's economic minister Peter Altmaier. The main factor behind the optimistic forecast is linked to the sharp decline of the spread of pandemic and the reset of business activities.

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    • Top European court blames Germany for high air pollution

      Top European court blames Germany for high air pollution

      The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that Germany “systematically and persistently” exceeded limits on nitrogen dioxide, a harmful gas produced by diesel engines, in many regions between 2010 and 2016, news wires reported. The EU’s top court faulted Germany for exceeding annual limits on NO2 in 26 out of 89 areas assessed, including the Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart areas. It found that hourly limits also were exceeded in Stuttgart and the Rhine-Main area, which includes Frankfurt.

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    • German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons  deliveries to Ukraine

      German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday firmly rejected the idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine, after the country’s president  Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated that he would like military help from Berlin, news wires reported. Germany, along with France, has led Western diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-running conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. But efforts toward a political settlement are stalled.

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