European Leaders Commemorate The 100th Anniversary of World War I In Belgium

Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

22 July 2014 8:31

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means what he says and is serious about following through with… Continue reading

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What Germans do worst

17 July 2014 18:10

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans are pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything, as our Barometer column this week points out. Here are… Continue reading


World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014 11:55

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a world cup. And it was a fine world cup in… Continue reading

Why can't we be more like the Germans? (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Why we’ll mostly be supporting Germany on Sunday

11 July 2014 12:56

If you’re walking through any built-up area in England between 8 and 10pm this Sunday and you hear a cheer you can be pretty sure it means one thing –… Continue reading

Brazil v Germany: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary – best tournament in years

10 July 2014 9:07

Sorry – bit of an interregnum in the World Cup diary, caused principally by England’s pathetic capitulation. But still the tournament gives pleasure, perhaps to a greater degree than it… Continue reading

Iran v Nigeria: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary: Iran vs Nigeria. Who to support?

16 June 2014 23:21

So – Nigeria versus Iran, then. I wonder who Boko Haram were cheering for, surrounded by their infidel abductees in some sand-blown, bilharzia riven hellhole. I was cheering for our… Continue reading

The Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco (1912 - 1994).

German or Romanian neighbour – which would you choose?

19 May 2014 17:53

I would rather live next door to a German than a Romanian. I thought I’d just make that clear. I don’t mean I’d rather live next door to SS Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard… Continue reading


What’s the difference between German and Romanian immigrants?

19 May 2014 16:30

Nigel Farage is in the papers again today – unbelievably! – this time with a full-page advert in the Telegraph responding to his remarks about Romanians on LBC radio. Such… Continue reading

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have the highest employment rate in the G7. This isn’t hugely… Continue reading

Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg, Kaiser Wilhelm II and General Moltke depicted in 37 Days (Picture: BBC)

The BBC’s march to war

18 March 2014 9:23

Perhaps we are growing war-weary – weary, that is, of the gathering storm of World War One documentaries on the BBC. There have been so many, not just Max Hastings… Continue reading

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Merkel makes it clear: no special status for Britain in the EU

27 February 2014 14:28

Angela Merkel’s speech today didn’t close doors on EU reform but nor did it open as many as some close to Cameron had hoped that it would. As the German… Continue reading

It's time to get over the Nazis (Photo: Keystone/Getty)

The Nazis no longer deserve a place on the national curriculum

5 February 2014 17:58

Apparently there’s some sort of anniversary coming up to do with a war, you may have noticed. To commemorate this the British publishing industry has launched a ferocious selling offensive,… Continue reading

Michael Gove is no Basil Fawlty, says his wife. He's a great admirer of all things Teutonic.

Sarah Vine: Michael Gove loves Germany

8 January 2014 9:39

While Michael Gove and academic lefties continue to row about the causes of the Great War, the education secretary’s wife, Sarah Vine, has helpfully poured some fuel on the fire.… Continue reading

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What to do about the EU? Work with Germany

17 October 2013 13:01

As the British Parliament continues deliberating the EU Referendum Bill, it’s worth reflecting on the relationship between the UK and Germany: It could determine the future direction of the whole… Continue reading

German Greens' campaign poster: 'Germany is renewable'. Image: Getty

The German Greens might do so badly they end up getting in

20 September 2013 10:27

The German Green Party is having a torrid time. In an election campaign remarkable for static polls, come what may, the collapse of a third of the Green vote has been… Continue reading

Berlin Senior Citizens' Week

World Without Borders: Lebensraum for German Pensioners

18 September 2013 12:33

Borders matter less than they used to. That’s not always apparent in this country protected as it is by the sea but on the continent frontiers are, once again, increasingly… Continue reading

'In Times of Fading Light' by Eugen Ruge tells the story of one German family's conflicts over the course of 70 years.

Review: In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge – a tale of rebellion and conformity

21 August 2013 15:30

In Times of Fading Light’s seven narrators exist in an almost permanent state of bewildered disappointment. Given that the narrators are various generations of the same family, what we’re shown… Continue reading

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats could still lose. It all comes down to the maths

21 August 2013 11:25

Just over a month before election day, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are in a commanding position. The latest polls give them over 40 per cent support – fully 16… Continue reading

Without a prayer? Peer Steinbrück of the SPD stands before one of the party's new campaign posters.

The SPD has no credible answer to Germany’s Iron Lady as polling day nears

9 August 2013 11:15

As symbolism goes, it borders on cliché. Running out of time to gain any serious traction, Germany’s Social Democrats last week unveiled their new campaign posters, and they promptly disintegrated… Continue reading

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David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union, which, given the scale of such migration, was an oversight.… Continue reading

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Why Angela Merkel doesn’t want a haircut

25 July 2013 17:54

The announcement by Angela Merkel last week that there would be no second haircut for Greece may have surprised some readers unfamiliar with financial jargon. But once you know that ‘haircut’ means… Continue reading

We need more people like Bob. Image: Tim Whitby/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Skills are the problem. But does anyone have a solution?

22 April 2013 18:27

For years, words ‘skills’ and ‘crisis’ have been joined in British political discourse. It’s a problem that no one seems able to crack and on May 2nd, The Spectator is… Continue reading

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David Cameron makes the case for reform in Europe

8 April 2013 8:55

Germany has elections on the way, Spain is just about holding a lid on its economic crisis while keeping a wary eye on the uphill struggle that its neighbour Portugal… Continue reading

A statue of General Charles de Gaulle on the Champs Elysees. (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

A tale of two colonels

15 March 2013 9:05

This week, March 11th, marks the 50th anniversary of the shooting by firing squad near Paris of the last person (so far) to be executed by the state for political… Continue reading


Germany realises the limits of the EU project

7 March 2013 12:01

Britain isn’t the only country whose politicians are getting just a little bit jittery about an increase in Bulgarian and Romanian migrants. In this week’s Spectator, Rod Liddle examines the… Continue reading