Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel’s new coalition is united by fear of AfD

7 February 2018 17:50

Here we go again. More than four months after Germans went to the polls and gave both main parties the…

Angela Merkel’s Theresa May jibe

30 January 2018 9:13

Theresa May’s not having a good few weeks. With Tories scrambling to either criticise their leader or covertly campaign to…

Germany’s ‘grand coalition’ looks set to return

13 January 2018 7:48

Oh dear. More than three months since Germans went to the polls, and gave the CDU-SPD government a bloody nose,…

Germany’s political system is starting to unravel

25 November 2017 9:11

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of populism. Last week in Berlin, Christian Lindner, leader of the Free…

The Spectator Podcast: Merkel’s crack-up

23 November 2017 14:55

On this week’s episode, we look at the situation in Germany, and whether Angela Merkel can hold things together. We…

What fresh German elections would mean for Brexit and Europe

20 November 2017 21:55

Angela Merkel’s declaration that new elections would be better than a minority government suggests Germany will be heading back to…

For real political chaos, take a look at Germany

20 November 2017 20:23

The female leader of a prominent European country fails to win a majority in an election and then struggles to…

Angela Merkel throws Theresa May a lifeline

20 October 2017 9:36

Few in Whitehall believed that Theresa May’s trip to the EU Council summit this week would result in Britain being…

Alternative für Deutschland’s success tells the tale of Germany’s forgotten East

27 September 2017 16:22

Back in the early 1990s, a few years after the Berlin Wall came down, I went back to the house…

A beginner’s guide to the AfD

25 September 2017 16:48

The German public have, as predicted, kept ahold of nurse. But it is the breakthrough of the AfD into the…

The real winner of Germany’s election is Jean-Claude Juncker

25 September 2017 11:47

Even if Germany had Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system, Angela Merkel would be struggling this morning to form a government. With…

Germany’s shy AfD voters hand the Bundesrepublik a seismic shock

25 September 2017 7:37

The German Embassy in London threw an election party yesterday, but as the guests gathered round the big screens to…

Merkel limps to victory as AfD surges in German elections

24 September 2017 18:20

Angela Merkel has won, for the fourth time, but on her party’s worst election result since 1949. Her main rivals…

Britain may have lost faith – but Germany still believes in the EU

23 September 2017 10:45

Theresa May’s Florence speech may have been welcomed with cautious optimism by Michel Barnier, but the reaction in Germany has…

Angela Merkel’s foreign policy proposals should worry Brexiteers

12 September 2017 8:30

With the German election a fortnight away, and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union enjoying a commanding lead, you might suppose…

Theresa May could learn a lesson from Angela Merkel’s debate performance

4 September 2017 10:36

Last night’s TV debate between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz poses a nagging question for British conservatives. No, nothing to…

Germany’s booming economy paves the way for another Merkel victory

17 August 2017 12:27

With the German elections now barely a month away, the Bundesrepublik remains beset by worries about terrorism and immigration. Yet,…

Trump, Putin and Erdogan. The G20 should be quite something

6 July 2017 16:12

G20 summits are usually dreadfully dull affairs, but this week’s global chinwag in Hamburg should be refreshingly feisty. No conference with…

Why we should care about the German elections

1 July 2017 9:00

German parliamentarians used to pride themselves on being boring, but the past two years have turned Teutonic politics upside down.…

Liberals should not be surprised Angela Merkel voted against gay marriage

1 July 2017 6:51

Liberal Brits got a welcome wake-up call yesterday, when the woman they’ve been calling the leader of the free world…

The Euro’s badly-needed reform could finally be on the cards

20 June 2017 17:44

Has Germany finally started to shift its position on the future of the Eurozone? Speaking today, at a conference for…

Merkel is right about Trump – so where does that leave Britain?

30 May 2017 11:46

Angela Merkel has never been a showboating politician. Public speaking isn’t her forte – she prefers to work behind the…

What the papers say: Labour’s nasty manifesto shock – and Merkel’s Nato blunder

30 May 2017 8:47

Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics by coming across well during last night’s debate and Labour is continuing to enjoy a…

Donald Trump will rejoice if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister

26 May 2017 17:31

If, as seems increasingly likely, Jeremy Corbyn becomes British Prime Minister in June, his victory should be greeted not simply…

Why Brexit Britain should root for a Merkel landslide

15 May 2017 17:19

Never mind Eurovision. For Germany, the state election in North Rhine Westphalia on Sunday was the big one – the best…