Angela Merkel

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Merkel’s response to the refugee crisis has made the situation worse

14 September 2015 15:27

Having, effectively, unilaterally ripped up the EU agreement on how to handle refugees, Germany is now desperately trying to re-impose…

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Angela Merkel is making the refugee crisis worse

10 September 2015 15:41

There have been plenty of bad decisions taken by European politicians in the last few years. But few will cause…

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Podcast: Angela Merkel’s mistake on refugees — and is Tom Watson Labour’s saviour?

10 September 2015 8:47

Angela Merkel’s offer to welcome any Syrian refugees who reach Germany will have far reaching, potential devastating consequences. On this week’s View…

Angela Merkel speaks with David Cameron before a round table meeting in Brussels on February 12, 2015. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameron’s impossible dilemma

7 September 2015 15:38

If you spot the Prime Minister squirming and wriggling on the Syrian refugee issue, there’s a very simple explanation. The…

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A beginner’s guide to Euroscepticism

13 July 2015 16:32

As a long-time Eurosceptic, I should be happy about the Johnny-Come-Latelys now swelling the sceptic ranks. Following Euro-institutions’ wicked treatment…

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The Germans have just changed the whole dynamic of the Euro

13 July 2015 13:51

The ancient Greeks used to drop iron bars into the sea to demonstrate the permanence of the agreement they were…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…