Angela Merkel

A German politician points out the obvious about refugees and the terror threat

2 January 2016 18:41

Happy New Year. Sorry about my absence. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and then, when I returned,…

Number 10 admits defeat on EU renegotiation timetable

3 December 2015 15:27

David Cameron has dropped his plans to sign off his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe at the December European…

The new East-West divide: multiculturalism vs sovereignty

21 October 2015 12:05

We all know that relations with Russia are at their lowest ebb since 1991, when Boris Yeltsin brought down Communism…

The EU is sucking up to Turkey to help reduce migration – but it could seriously backfire

15 October 2015 17:10

You might have thought, mightn’t you, that a million arrivals in a year to a single European country, Germany –…

Has Boris just set an impossible bar for Cameron’s EU renegotiation?

6 October 2015 14:51

Boris Johnson’s speech today was the best that I have ever heard him give. It was a potent cocktail of…

Facebook posts about the migrant crisis should be the least of Angela Merkel’s worries

1 October 2015 13:05

So the German Chancellor has just been caught on microphone talking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Merkel’s response to the refugee crisis has made the situation worse

14 September 2015 15:27

Having, effectively, unilaterally ripped up the EU agreement on how to handle refugees, Germany is now desperately trying to re-impose…

Angela Merkel is making the refugee crisis worse

10 September 2015 15:41

There have been plenty of bad decisions taken by European politicians in the last few years. But few will cause…

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s mistake on refugees — and is Tom Watson Labour’s saviour?

10 September 2015 8:47

Angela Merkel’s offer to welcome any Syrian refugees who reach Germany will have far reaching, potential devastating consequences. On this week’s View…

Cameron’s impossible dilemma

7 September 2015 15:38

If you spot the Prime Minister squirming and wriggling on the Syrian refugee issue, there’s a very simple explanation. The…

A beginner’s guide to Euroscepticism

13 July 2015 16:32

As a long-time Eurosceptic, I should be happy about the Johnny-Come-Latelys now swelling the sceptic ranks. Following Euro-institutions’ wicked treatment…

The Germans have just changed the whole dynamic of the Euro

13 July 2015 13:51

The ancient Greeks used to drop iron bars into the sea to demonstrate the permanence of the agreement they were…

Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande…

Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between…

Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but…

Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No…

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

5 July 2015 21:22

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared…

Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants?

1 July 2015 13:46

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the…

Greek government proposes third Eurozone bailout on the eve of IMF default

30 June 2015 17:30

The Greek government is making one final throw of the dice. Just hours before Greece is set to default on…

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from…

The one thing that might ensure a Greek deal: fear

23 June 2015 11:17

On a narrow, sloping street in downtown Athens sits a graffiti-strewn wall that has captured the spirit of a nation.…

If Grexit happens, parliamentary egotisms may well be to blame

17 June 2015 11:38

In 1987, the American historian Richard R. Johnson wrote a quite brilliant essay explaining how a clash of legislatures had…

How far will Merkel go on Greece?

13 June 2015 11:40

The Greek crisis has been going on for so long now, it is hard to imagine it actually coming to…

Coffee Shots: Merkel and Obama have it out

8 June 2015 14:39

Mr S isn’t sure who would win in a fight between Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. However, judging by this…

The two tightropes that Cameron must walk on Europe

31 May 2015 11:08

David Cameron has to walk two tightropes on Europe, and at the same time too. The first is to negotiate a…