Germany

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…

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…

Anis Amri’s unchecked passage across Europe is nothing short of a scandal

24 December 2016 13:13

That the Tunisian terrorist who slaughtered 12 people in Berlin on Monday was even in Europe, let alone able to…

Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West

22 December 2016 17:28

The appeasers, apologists and ‘useful idiots’ have been out in force over the festive season, busily lighting candles, declaring ‘Ich Bin…

What the papers say: Thin-skinned Theresa May and the merits of Sturgeon’s Brexit plan

21 December 2016 8:46

If any one still doubts the merits of Britain controlling its own borders, look to Germany, says the Daily Telegraph.…

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…

The EU would be mad to start a trade war with Britain. Here’s why

24 October 2016 11:27

So far, the debate over what happens to UK-EU trade after Brexit has been conducted around a rather odd premise:…

Is Germany becoming the new sick man of Europe?

11 October 2016 14:48

It’s not going well for Germany at the moment. Their largest bank is on the verge of collapse while their…

The Spectator took on Chancellor Merkel and President Erdogan – and won

4 October 2016 16:37

Hurray!  It is not often one gets good news, but here is some.  Jan Boehmermann, the German comedian who read…

Meet the German business giant who is excited about Brexit

1 October 2016 16:01

Mathias Döpfner, the extremely tall, extremely intelligent head of Axel Springer, is unusual in the generally conformist German business elite…

Want a bank rescued? Don’t ask a German

30 September 2016 10:10

Make a car? Sure. Win a Word Cup? Yup. Write a symphony? Without doubt. There are lots of things that…