Germany

The German takeover of the EU is accelerating

8 June 2021 6:51 am

Vetoes should no longer be allowed. Smaller countries should not be able to block the will of the ‘majority’. And…

Why the far-right flourishes in East Germany

6 June 2021 4:01 pm

A spectre is haunting Germany — the spectre of the AfD. Having come to prominence on a wave of anti-migrant…

The Dickensian delights of London in lockdown

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I’m blessed by the fact that I live almost smack-bang in the middle of old London, a pebble’s toe punt…

'Germans thought we couldn't play': Irmin Schmidt, of Krautrock pioneers Can, interviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Krautrock pioneer Irmin Schmidt talks to Graeme Thomson about taking risks, playing badly and ignoring the Brits

How Denmark helped America spy on Sweden

1 June 2021 2:42 am

A large, investigative collaboration between Scandinavian public service outlets and European newspapers such as Le Monde and Süddeutsche Zeitung has…

Germany's growing extremism problem

19 May 2021 4:01 pm

On 2 June 2019, a German politician was found lying in a pool of blood outside his home in Hesse.…

France needs Britain more than ever

12 May 2021 3:37 pm

‘What is grave about this situation, Messieurs, is that it is not serious’, was how General de Gaulle addressed his…

Putin’s on manoeuvres – are we ready?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

‘What follows plague?’ I asked a medieval historian at the start of the pandemic. ‘War,’ he replied. In recent days,…

Is Germany about to go Green?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Could Annalena Baerbock decide Germany’s future?

Ghosts of the past: The Field, by Robert Seethaler, reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Give dead bones a voice and they speak volumes: George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo was clamorous with the departed…

Britain is in danger of repeating its post-war mistakes

17 April 2021 9:00 am

What we can learn from Britain’s rationing mistakes

Merkel's radical lockdown plan could quickly backfire

15 April 2021 2:53 am

In its flailing response to the Covid crisis, the German government appears to have finally given up on federalism. Angela…

Biden's backhanded bid to kill Nord Stream 2

9 April 2021 6:00 pm

Washington, D.C. is universally known as a town divided, a place where compromise and dialogue are often sacrificed at the…

Berlin has been bounced into accepting Sputnik

9 April 2021 12:04 am

Munich has had enough of the vaccine chaos in Berlin and Brussels. In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Bavaria’s minister…

Merkel's blundering lockdown U-turn

25 March 2021 7:14 pm

During her 16 years in office, Angela Merkel has produced a couple of memorable sentences that will be imprinted into…

Merkel declares a 'new pandemic' as Germany locks down again

24 March 2021 3:12 am

A year on from the onset of the Covid crisis, Angela Merkel had grim news for Germans this morning: our…

Europe’s reckless caution over AstraZeneca

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The first smear campaign against AstraZeneca, when Emmanuel Macron falsely claimed at the start of the year that the jab…

Support for Merkel's party is crumbling

16 March 2021 11:24 pm

On Sunday, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) suffered a historic election defeat in their former heartlands of…

The mask scandal threatening to destroy Merkel’s legacy

11 March 2021 6:18 pm

In Germany, masks have been one of the least controversial elements of this pandemic. Most people have accepted that they…

The rapid fall of Germany's health minister

1 March 2021 6:19 pm

Young, polished and confident, Germany’s health minister became the country’s most popular politician in 2020. A darling of the conservative…

Germany is regretting its criticism of the Oxford Covid jab

24 February 2021 8:15 pm

Germany’s fridges are filled with Oxford jabs. But there’s a problem: 80 per cent of the 735,000 doses delivered to Germany…

Are Germans losing faith in the European project?

19 February 2021 6:00 pm

Germans are increasingly losing faith in the European Union due to its bungled handling of the vaccine roll-out. Germany and…

Biden's rift with Brussels is only set to grow

16 February 2021 1:46 am

It was meant to be a special relationship. After the tumultuous Trump years, President Biden was planning to reset relations…

Germany's border controls risk an EU rupture

15 February 2021 11:34 pm

On Sunday, Germany halted most travel for those moving between the country and its neighbouring Czech Republic and Austria. After the…

Biden vs Merkel: the battle over Russian gas is heating up

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Russia’s influence on Germany is causing alarm