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Size doesn’t matter. Quality should be central to EU budget

By Markus Trilling, Raphael Hanoteaux

An EU budget aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the fulfilment of climate neutrality and the swift decarbonisation of the European economy is a win-win situation for both net payers and recipients to the EU budget, argue Markus Trilling and Raphaël Hanoteaux.

EU clean water laws under attack from industry lobbyists

By Arthur Neslen

Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

Commission: EU tobacco track and trace will be fully functional in a year

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

The much-awaited EU tobacco track and trace system will be fully functional in "maximum one year" after its official launch due on 20 May, a European Commission official told EURACTIV.com.

Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER

Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year.

GOP braces for fight as Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER

Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year.

Congressman struggles to forgive his shooter 2 years later

By ALAN FRAM

Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican leader, said Friday he still struggles to forgive the man who wounded him and four others two years ago in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice .

Wolfram Winter to join Heller & Partner

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Professor Wolfram Winter, the former head of communication at Sky Deutschland, will become executive board member of Heller & Partner Marketing Services from July 1, 2018.

“I am very pleased that in Wolfram Winter we are winning a colleague whose competence and experience is greatly appreciated and who will help us successfully continuing our growth strategy,” said Professor Dr Stephan Heller, owner and CEO of Heller & Partner.

The Munich-based company founded 37 years ago by Heller currently advises more than 100 clients from all areas of the economy with a focus on consulting and communication.

Winter will be responsible for public relations, reputation communication, new business and staff development with a strong focus on winning new customers.

“It is a challenge and honour at the same time to work together with Stephan Heller,” said Winter. “The Heller & Partner platform is excellently positioned with its team to meet the digital challenges and has exceptional advisory skills which I am now pleased to expand.”

As the head of communication, Winter had been a member of the executive management board of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland for seven years until his departure in July 2017. Previously, he was managing director of NBC Universal Global Networks Deutschland and managing partner of Premiere Star.

Winter also teaches as a honorary professor at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences and heads the Committee for Media Policy of the Bavarian Economic Advisory Council.

Earlier this year, Winter acquired a 15% stake in German movie production company Pictures in a Frame and became chairman of the company’s shareholders’ meeting.

Wolfram Winter joins Pictures in a Frame

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Professor Wolfram Winter, former head of communications and corporate spokesman of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland, has acquired a 15% stake in German movie production company Pictures in a Frame.

Winter (pictured in the middle) purchased the shares from the two founders Tobias Herrmann and Jan Gallasch (pictured left and right) who are also Managing Directors of the company created in 2011. Winter will become the Chairman of the Shareholders’ Meeting.

“We are very pleased that Wolfram will invest in our growing company and support us in further expanding our production volume,” said the two founders of the production firm located on the Bavaria Film premises in Munich.

Winter added: “Since the time when I was teaching Jan and Tobias at Macromedia University in 2011, I was convinced of their talent and skill. They created a company and a track record out of nothing. It gives me great pleasure supporting them in their growth ambitions as a shareholder and chairman.”

Among the productions Pictures in a Frame has worked on is the comedy Bruder vor Luder (480,000 cinema-goers in D/A/CH, distributed by Constantin Film), the drama Nirgendwo (world premiere at the 12th Filmfest Zürich) and the comedy 25 km/h by Markus Goller & Oliver Ziegenbalg which will be released nationwide in cinemas by Sony Pictures Entertainment Deutschland on November 1, 2018.

Winter left Sky in July 2017 after 10 years at the pay-TV broadcaster. His successor as Senior Vice President Communications and corporate spokesman is Ralph Fürther who held various management positions at Sky since 1999.

Ralph FΓΌrther new head of communications at Sky Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Ralph Fürther has been appointed the new corporate spokesman of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland as of December 1, 2017.

In his new position as Senior Vice President Communications, the 53-year-old reports directly to CEO Carsten Schmidt.

Fürther has held various management positions in the company since 1999. He began his career in the sports editorial department, then switched to marketing and has been working in the communications department since 2007.

In July 2017, Fürther took over from Sky corporate spokesman Wolfram Winter on an interim basis following his departure.

Prior to joining Sky (formerly Premiere), Fürther worked as an editor and commentator for Eurosport and Sat.1, as well as media and marketing manager for the German Ice Hockey League.

Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?

By BRAD PLUMER

Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes.

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