Angela Merkel

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).…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Summit for nothing?

27 October 2011 9:08

The punchline to yesterday’s eurosummit comes in the very first paragraph of theofficial statement, released in the darkness of morning:…

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…

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…

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 havesince recovered.) The agency…

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…

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…

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…

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’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…

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…

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…

Tobin’s folly

18 August 2011 10:55

The Eurozone Tobin tax announced on Tuesday by Merkel and Sarkozy is intended to reduce market volatility. It could have…

This isn’t just any solution; this is an M&S solution

17 August 2011 18:03

Banks and financial institutions endured a painful day’s trading, following Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement yesterday that the Eurozone…

Battle of the century

15 August 2011 17:58

The American historian Walter Russell-Mead has a cynical — but very possibly accurate — take on what the French are…

Back to the drawing board as Eurobonds look dead in the water

15 August 2011 13:22

Watch her lips: no Eurobonds. Angela Merkel’s Finance, Minister Wolfgang Schauble has told Der Spiegel: “I rule out Eurobonds for…

Is Merkel getting her way?

21 July 2011 16:29

Below, courtesy of the Telegraph, is a leaked copy of the draft proposals on managing the Greek debt crisis.There are no measures…

Common Franco-German position on Greek debt

21 July 2011 10:25

As I wrote earlier this morning, rumours of a ‘common Franco-German position’ on Greek debt were circulating in the early…

Getting a grip of the crisis

21 July 2011 9:33

“I’m very worried, this building [the Treasury] is very worried and this government is very worried,” said George Osborne of…

Gearing up for another European drama

20 July 2011 10:51

Away from the amateur dramatics in parliament this afternoon, the government is fighting yet another battle with the European Commission over…