Angela Merkel

Meanwhile, in Europe…

29 November 2011 18:09

There probably hasn’t been a meeting of European finance ministers as important as the one tonight. The euro is still at risk; with new governments in Spain, Italy, and Greece… Continue reading


The reasons for Angela Merkel’s popularity

28 November 2011 17:19

The British government is becoming ever more gloomy about the prospects for the euro, believing that Angela Merkel will not do what she has to if the single currency is… Continue reading


Paying for justice

23 November 2011 19:39

To British ministers, the role that the International Criminal Court played over Libya was key – it made clear that Colonel Gaddafi’s actions were unacceptable and would be subject to… Continue reading


The dangers of ever-closer union

22 November 2011 17:51

Yesterday, Fraser wrote that ‘reporting of European issues tends to ignore public opinion’. Today, Philip Stephens has neatly illustrated Fraser’s point in his Financial Times column. Musing on Britain’s possible… Continue reading


How ambitious is Cameron on Europe?

21 November 2011 14:45

Someone forgot to pack his handbag. We heard yesterday that David Cameron has agreed to let Merkel pursue full fiscal union – and in return she will… drum roll please… let… Continue reading


The vote in Spain

20 November 2011 17:31

The expected triumph of the centre-right Popular Party in today’s Spanish elections promises to have some interesting consequences for British politics. The PP have been in close touch with the… Continue reading


Cameron and Merkel: all smiles but no progress

18 November 2011 13:37

David Cameron and Angela Merkel were clearly keen to show that, whatever the tensions over the role of the European Central Bank, they still get on. I lost count of… Continue reading


The debate over Europe’s future

18 November 2011 9:36

We’ve got two interventions by high-profile European politicians in the British papers this morning. In the FT, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle lays out Germany’s stance, providing a taste of… Continue reading


Berlusconi: latest victim of Europe’s reverse Arab Spring

12 November 2011 21:22

Berlusconi has finally resigned – and so continues what seems to be the Arab Spring in reverse (a Gnirps Bara). In the Arab world, people rose up against undemocratic juntas… Continue reading


Who speaks for the euro?

12 November 2011 17:04

That’s a more relevant question that you might think. Despite European leaders talking for ages about the nonsensical notion of the EU ‘speaking with one voice’ after the Lisbon Treaty,… Continue reading


Angela we have heard on high

9 November 2011 16:41

As Italy and Greece implode, and the pressure increases for Germany to do something, anything, Angela Merkel has made a call for ‘structural changes’ in the EU. In other words,… Continue reading


Cameron leaves Cannes with an IMF headache

4 November 2011 15:59

The Cannes summit leaves the world no further forward on its quest for some kind of solution to the Eurozone crisis. Strikingly, the Germans still won’t agree — despite huge… Continue reading


Reuters: Papandreou to resign on Friday

4 November 2011 0:14

Reuters is reporting tonight that the Greek Prime Minister has agreed to resign on Friday. The news agency says that at a meeting Cabinet colleagues told George Papandreou that he… Continue reading


Merkel and Sarkozy try to hold the euro together

2 November 2011 20:55

Right about now, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel are having George Papandreou for dinner. There have been all sorts of rumours today about what Sarkozy and Merkel will demand from… Continue reading


Summit for nothing?

27 October 2011 9:08

The punchline to yesterday’s eurosummit comes in the very first paragraph of the official statement, released in the darkness of morning: "The euro continues to rest on solid fundamentals." Now… Continue reading


The Euro masquerade

26 October 2011 18:00

So much rot has been said about the Eurozone crisis that you do wonder whether Merkel, Sarkozy et al have come to believe their own spiel. This is an economic… Continue reading


Clegg: Let’s stick together

29 September 2011 10:54

All eyes are on Berlin, where Angela Merkel is trying to convince her supporters in the Bundestag to vote through the expansion of the EFSF. She is expected to succeed,… Continue reading


Italy in the firing line

20 September 2011 9:17

Markets sank into negative territory this morning, following Standand&Poor’s downgrade of Italy’s credit rating. (Although they have since recovered.) The agency cut Italy’s rating from A+/A-1+ to A/A-1; it also… Continue reading


The deep Euro-crisis threatens political stability

16 September 2011 14:18

It is hard to overstate how serious the crisis in the eurozone is or what it might do to the politics of Europe. The European project is putting in danger… Continue reading


Merkel & Sarkozy have only words

15 September 2011 9:07

It was something of a mystery. Emergency conference calls about the future of the Eurozone were being made yesterday, but there was no news of those discussions. As it turned… Continue reading


The Euro-crisis heats up

14 September 2011 9:05

Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and George Papandreou are in crisis talks about Greek debt. There are rumours that they are preparing an "orderly default" for Greece. But, officially, Merkel is… Continue reading


Merkel’s hard game

29 August 2011 18:13

As James noted earlier, Angela Merkel’s response to the Eurozone crisis is hampered by the awkward arithmetic in the Bundestag. Merkel has been faced with these difficulties throughout the crisis.… Continue reading


Merkel’s domestic difficulties threaten the Eurozone

29 August 2011 14:09

As August draws to a close, Europe is bracing itself for a series of September sovereign debt crises. Events in Germany at the moment have the potential to make these… Continue reading


Further tension in the Eurozone

23 August 2011 11:00

The Eurozone’s political crisis is deepening. Further to the news that individual member states were seeking their own bilateral deals with Greece to insure their taxpayers’ money from default, the… Continue reading


Stumbling towards fiscal union

22 August 2011 14:12

Angela Merkel must tire of repeating herself. Eurobonds are “exactly the wrong answer” to the European debt crisis, she said yesterday for the umpteenth time. She added that they would… Continue reading