William Cook

Taking Ivanka Trump seriously is a masterstroke by Angela Merkel

26 April 2017 15:03

Is Ivanka Trump’s visit to Berlin a triumph for Angela Merkel, or a diplomatic disaster? As always, that depends on…

This election will be won or lost on the suburban battleground

23 April 2017 12:00

In Westminster, all the general election chatter is about Brexit. Will Tory Remainers turn Lib Dem? Will Labour leavers desert…

Was the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing motivated by greed?

21 April 2017 12:54

It seems the rush to blame the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing on Islamist extremists was wrong. German police have now arrested a…

German football keeps calm and carries on

13 April 2017 9:54

Germany lost a football match but won a moral victory last night, when Borussia Dortmund were defeated 3-2 at home…

The reports of Angela Merkel’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated

27 March 2017 15:32

Once again, the pollsters got it wrong. Yesterday’s election in Saarland was supposed to be the beginning of the end…

Tintin is an EU hero - but is Captain Haddock on Britain's side?

21 March 2017 16:42

Blistering barnacles! Thundering typhoons! What dastardly double-dealing! To bolster their puny team of pen-pushing, quota-quoting civil servants, those fiendish Brussels…

How will Mummy Merkel deal with Toddler Trump?

13 March 2017 16:09

The irresistible force meets the immovable object in Washington tomorrow, as Donald Trump finally comes face to face with Angela…

Paris wants to fight terror with culture. Will it work?

6 February 2017 17:24

The news about the machete man in the Louvre broke just as my Eurostar was approaching Paris. Was this just…

Trump has given Merkel a new lease of life

17 January 2017 8:24

Donald Trump’s Times interview has been a big story in Britain, but the President Elect’s parallel interview with Bild Zeitung…

Lin Cook, who died before Christmas, personified that odd breed: the celebrity widow

4 January 2017 15:52

Amid the flurry of famous deaths during 2016, one particular passing has been more or less forgotten. Peter Cook’s third…

Germany won’t break the rules for Britain’s sake

2 January 2017 10:11

Back in the summer of 2015, a year before the Brexit vote, I was summoned to the German Embassy in…

Germany remains a prisoner of its past

26 December 2016 10:00

In 1942, a man called Manfred Alexander turned up, unannounced, on my grandfather’s doorstep in Berlin. My grandfather knew him…

Could the German left join forces to oust Angela Merkel?

20 December 2016 16:11

German party politics has been overshadowed by yesterday’s atrocity in Berlin. But in light of this tragic event, which Angela…

How Angela Merkel divided Germany

19 December 2016 8:30

Crisis? What crisis? Here in prosperous Munich, it’s hard to believe the EU has taken such a battering this year…

Thanks to Brexit and Trump, Austria lost its appetite for political upheaval

5 December 2016 14:49

Austria’s presidential election has been overshadowed by Matteo Renzi’s dramatic defeat in the Italian referendum, but Alexander Van der Bellen’s…

Martin Schulz’s return to German politics will make Brexit more bitter

28 November 2016 15:29

Shock news! Hold the (virtual) front page! Martin Schulz, arch bogeyman of every British Brexiteer – and even a few…

Angela Merkel wants to be liberal Europe’s answer to Donald Trump

21 November 2016 14:50

So, Angela Merkel has ignored the Spectator’s advice and has decided to run for a fourth term as German Chancellor…

How Alternative für Deutschland forced German politics to the right

6 September 2016 13:09

‘When the world ends, I’ll go to Mecklenburg,’ quipped Bismarck, ‘because there, everything happens a hundred years later.’ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has…

I used to hate Christmas – until I spent it in hospital with my sick son

25 December 2015 12:00

Ever since my teens I’ve hated Christmas, but last year something happened which made me change my mind. On 20th…

The Good Life – how a 70s sitcom became a Tory lodestar

14 April 2015 13:08

Hearing David Cameron’s many references to the ‘good life’ may puzzle younger voters who did not grow up with Richard…

The perfect job for Britain’s disenfranchised young men: boar hunting

24 January 2015 11:00

When I went to stay with my German cousin and he showed me the room where I’d be sleeping, the…

How Kraftwerk did more to shape modern music than anyone since the Beatles

19 January 2015 9:00

Normally, few things in life are quite so tedious as listening to a bunch of academics discussing pop music. However…

A & E just saved my son’s life. Let’s not forget how important it is

7 January 2015 15:30

We were lucky. The ambulance came in half an hour. By then my teenage son Edward was unconscious. He’d had…

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…

First look at the new Dad’s Army

25 October 2014 11:05

Back in the last century, when people still watched television rather than computers, I fulfilled the lifetime ambition of every…