Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel sacrifices her principles to make a migration deal

11 August 2018 9:00

There was a time not too long ago – less than three years to be exact – when German Chancellor…

Why is Theresa May so dependent on Angela Merkel?

17 July 2018 10:00

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

The Spectator Podcast: Angela’s ashes

28 June 2018 14:42

As anti-migrant sentiment sweeps across Europe, is the continent turning against Angela Merkel for her open-door policy, and is this…

Angela Merkel is back in office but not back in power

14 March 2018 10:36

How did she do it? How has Angela Merkel hung on for a fourth term as German Chancellor after being…

The new German grand coalition will be dull and dreary

4 March 2018 11:43

There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once observed. Nearly six months after Germans went to the polls and…

Merkel’s left-right coalition has given the AfD exactly what it wanted

4 March 2018 8:00

Angela Merkel will get her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor. Members of the Social Democratic Party, the SPD, voted to…

Germany’s diesel ban is a victory for the Green party

27 February 2018 16:50

So much for Germany’s mighty automobile lobby. Today Germany’s Federal Administrative Court ruled that Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche,…

The Spectator Podcast: Germany’s nightmare

22 February 2018 16:01

On this week’s episode, we look at Germany’s political nightmare, speak to one of the world’s most eminent psychologists, and…

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,…