Germany

Angela Merkel prepares for a rematch with Vladimir Putin

16 August 2018 12:40

German chancellor Angela Merkel has a lot on her plate. In addition to keeping her rabble-rouser junior coalition partners in…

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…

Donald Trump is wrong about Germany being a ‘captive’ of Russia

12 July 2018 15:22

“What good is Nato if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?” tweeted Donald Trump on…

Why Sebastian Kurz is Europe’s most important politician

30 June 2018 8:32

Austria assumes the Presidency of the Council of the European Union this Sunday, and normally the response among rightminded Britons…

Is there life after Merkel for German conservatives?

20 June 2018 16:43

German conservatives are in disarray. Caught between the migrant crisis and Merkel’s looming departure, they are fighting over their own…

On Germany, Trump is right about the big picture, wrong about the detail

19 June 2018 11:54

Time was, a US President wouldn’t dream of criticising the government of one of its Nato allies in public –…

The dilemma of Germany’s Turkish footballers

17 May 2018 17:05

What’s the German for ‘The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley’? Mezut Özil (Arsenal) and İlkay…

What Brexit Britain can learn from German Reunification

5 April 2018 8:26

Obscured by the hubbub of rolling news and the cacophony of Twitter, an important anniversary has passed by virtually unnoticed.…

Is Sebastian Kurz Germany’s most important politician?

31 March 2018 6:00

Who is the most important politician in Germany? Angela Merkel? No, it’s the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz. Merkel remains a…

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…

Is Angela Merkel finally closing in on a fourth term?

22 January 2018 8:18

Is there anything quite so ponderous as the German political process? It certainly provides a useful illustration of the gulf…

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 green energy drive left Merkel vulnerable

26 November 2017 9:30

For a very long time, Angela Merkel successfully appealed to the post-war German longing for consensus. She hugged potential rivals…

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…

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…