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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande was keen to stress that the door remained open to… Continue reading

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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between Left and Right on what the European Union is. Most… Continue reading

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Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but as the result of the Greek referendum swept across social… Continue reading

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Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No is leading 61% to 39%. The result is a massive… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a military welcome ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Getty)

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

5 July 2015 21:22

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared to have any further negotiations with the Syriza government. The… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a military welcome ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Getty)

Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants?

1 July 2015 13:46

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the words of Ms Merkel. The plebiscite will be a vote… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015.

Greek government proposes third Eurozone bailout on the eve of IMF default

30 June 2015 17:30

The Greek government is making one final throw of the dice. Just hours before Greece is set to default on its €1.55 billion payment to the IMF, Athens has proposed… Continue reading

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at Schloss Elmau for the summit of the G7 group of nations on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from a Grexit as Greece. On this week’s View from 22… Continue reading

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A protest held in Athens against the prospect of new austerity cuts demanded by the country's international creditors (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty)

The one thing that might ensure a Greek deal: fear

23 June 2015 11:17

On a narrow, sloping street in downtown Athens sits a graffiti-strewn wall that has captured the spirit of a nation. Amidst the spray-painted slogans and flaking posters, a black-and-white stencilled… Continue reading

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If Grexit happens, parliamentary egotisms may well be to blame

17 June 2015 11:38

In 1987, the American historian Richard R. Johnson wrote a quite brilliant essay explaining how a clash of legislatures had contributed to the American declaration of independence. In short, his… Continue reading

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How far will Merkel go on Greece?

13 June 2015 11:40

The Greek crisis has been going on for so long now, it is hard to imagine it actually coming to a conclusion. But next week’s meeting of European Finance Ministers… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Merkel and Obama have it out

8 June 2015 14:39

Mr S isn’t sure who would win in a fight between Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. However, judging by this photo of the duo together at the G7 summit we… Continue reading

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The two tightropes that Cameron must walk on Europe

31 May 2015 11:08

David Cameron has to walk two tightropes on Europe, and at the same time too. The first is to negotiate a deal with other European leaders that satisfies the bulk of… Continue reading

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President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands in Berlin (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Getty)

Thankfully for Cameron, EU treaty change isn’t a black and white issue

26 May 2015 15:21

It seems every week now there is a story about France and/or Germany ruling out EU treaty change and thereby putting pay to David Cameron’s EU reform push before it… Continue reading

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The Eurozone crisis is as much a political problem as it is an economic one

17 February 2015 13:05

Veterans of Eurozone crisis summits, hoping for another nail-biting drama, had queued to get ringside seats. But yesterday’s meeting over Greece with Eurozone Finance Ministers ended without result. And you… Continue reading

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Why France so worries European policy makers

31 January 2015 20:10

Today’s huge Podemos rally in Madrid is a reminder that Syriza’s victory in Greece has emboldened the anti-austerity left across the Eurozone. What worries Angela Merkel and other northern European… Continue reading

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Angela Merkel and David Cameron at the NATO Summit on September 4, 2014 in Newport, Wales.

Merkel’s difficulty is Cameron’s opportunity

29 January 2015 16:56

In the run-up to the Greek election, European figures were adamant that there wasn’t as much to worry about as people thought. They argued that Syriza wouldn’t come close to… Continue reading

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A Syriza majority will put Athens and Berlin on a collision course

25 January 2015 18:53

The next set of exit polls are now out from Greece and they, again, show Syriza pulling off a spectacular victory. Their lead might even be just enough to see… Continue reading

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Greece votes, Europe waits

25 January 2015 10:48

Greek voters are currently going to the polls in an election that will have profound consequences for the Eurozone. If the anti-austerity Syriza party wins, as the polls suggest it… Continue reading

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How the Greek election will affect our election

15 January 2015 15:24

In ten days time, Greece goes to the polls in what is, arguably, the most important election that will take place this year. For if — as looks likely —… Continue reading

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside 10 Downing Street on January 7, 2015.

It’s rich of Cameron to joke about press conferences

7 January 2015 20:37

There were very few smiles at Downing Street this afternoon as a mustard clad Angela Merkel spoke of a ‘moving moment’. Yet that steely resolve had to crack eventually and… Continue reading

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Will Merkel throw her diplomatic weight behind Cameron’s renegotiation strategy?

7 January 2015 17:24

Before today’s awful events in Paris, the meeting between David Cameron and Angela Merkel was going to be the big news of the day. The German Chancellor does not always… Continue reading

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Lost in translation: How Iain Duncan Smith shocked Angela Merkel

7 January 2015 16:55

Angela Merkel is in London officially to talk about the G7 and unofficially to discuss David Cameron’s hopes for a reformed European Union that Britain can stay in. But while… Continue reading

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Labour only hurts itself by whinging in public

6 January 2015 17:34

Ed Miliband’s office has complained that no-one told them about Angela Merkel’s visit to London, which takes place tomorrow. They are apparently very irritated about no-one telling them, even though… Continue reading

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Germany is shackled in the immigration debate. But Britain isn’t so must lead the way

6 January 2015 16:29

Today Angela Merkel will meet David Cameron in Downing Street. She will tell him what she can do – and what she cannot do – to help keep Britain in the… Continue reading

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