Germany

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…

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…

Why a nation’s productivity isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ matter

11 October 2017 12:35

The outlook for UK productivity is hardly encouraging. The Office for Budget Responsibility is suggesting only anaemic growth over the…

Is there an alternative to the AfD?

6 October 2017 16:08

The German Embassy threw a lavish party in London’s Belgrave Square last night to toast the Bundesrepublik’s Day of German…

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…

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…

Do we really want restriction on German immigration?

7 September 2017 13:32

At my nearest library recently there was an art exhibition featuring the works of local school children on the subject…

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,…

How Brexit will change Germany

26 July 2017 10:30

In the summer of 1990, the editor of The Spectator, Dominic Lawson, went to interview Nicholas Ridley, Margaret Thatcher’s Secretary…

Brexit: A view from Germany

15 July 2017 9:00

 Frankfurt ‘This is not about punishing Great Britain,’ declared Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s interim foreign secretary, on his recent visit to…

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.…

The infinite sphere of Helmut Kohl

16 June 2017 17:51

Helmut Kohl, architect of German reunification, has died at the age of 87. Here Christian Caryl, writing in 1994, explains how…

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…

Islamism isn’t the only terror threat Germany is facing

28 April 2017 17:02

Since December, when Islamic terrorist Anis Amri drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, Germans have been waiting fearfully…

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…

Brexit isn’t to blame for the Polish exodus

23 February 2017 13:03

I guess the hate crime epidemic that gripped Britain after Brexit hasn’t put that many people off, with new figures…

The Greek crisis continues to strike terror into the EU establishment

18 February 2017 9:30

I didn’t have to be Delphic to predict that the Greek crisis wasn’t over when an €86 billion third bailout…

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…

The truth behind Germany’s ‘Mein Kampf’ sales boom

5 January 2017 15:47

A dead white man called Adolf Hitler has sold nearly 100,000 copies of his memoir, Mein Kampf, since a new edition was…

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…

It’s not only Germany that covers up mass sex attacks by migrant men… Sweden’s record is shameful

27 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 5: Ivar Arpi’s piece, which was…