Germany

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…

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…