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Angela Merkel’s executive power-grab

23 October 2020 9:42 pm

Germany’s Social Democrats have remained quiet for months as their coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, have tackled this pandemic.…

Germany's growing Covid revolt

14 October 2020 4:00 am

Germany is edging towards revolt. Twelve of the country’s 16 federal states have brought in ‘accommodation bans’, forbidding travellers in high-risk areas from…

Germany's second wave puts an end to the party

9 October 2020 10:57 pm

Berlin’s partygoers are being told to stay at home by health experts and politicians amid rising new coronavirus cases. Researchers say that clubs and restaurants have…

Merkel ally claims 'Britain is joining the ranks of despots'

18 September 2020 7:41 pm

German politicians have been understandably fired up about Boris Johnson’s plan to breach the Brexit treaty. While the relationship between…

Germany is terrified of upsetting China

16 September 2020 7:13 pm

As Europe weighs what course to take in the face of Beijing’s growing belligerence, it has become increasingly clear that…

Navalny’s poisoning has shown the emptiness of German diplomacy

5 September 2020 12:00 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that tests showed ‘unequivocally’ that Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a military-grade…

Germany’s far-right and the rise of the anti-corona protests

31 August 2020 8:37 pm

Germany has been in uproar over the events that unfolded this Saturday, when 38,000 protesters gathered in Berlin and clashed…

Germany's EU presidency could make or break the union

3 July 2020 9:34 pm

Germany’s government had been busy making big plans about all that it wanted to achieve during its EU council presidency…

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Trump’s German troop withdrawal will hurt America

9 June 2020 11:50 pm

Tensions between Germany and the United States have increased considerably since Donald Trump became President. Trump has repeatedly criticized Berlin…

Can Germany spend its way out of the corona crisis?

29 May 2020 9:49 pm

Coronavirus is grim news for all major economies and Germany is no exception. The country’s economic output decreased by 2.2…

Germany’s flag burning ban is a threat to freedom of expression

19 May 2020 7:13 pm

Germany’s national parliament has made the public burning of the European Union flag and flags of foreign countries punishable by…

Germany's coronavirus protests are a big headache for Merkel

15 May 2020 2:14 am

Where Brits have voiced their opposition to the coronavirus lockdown, they’ve mostly done so from their own homes over the…

Merkel has lost control of Germany’s coronavirus response

7 May 2020 9:10 pm

Angela Merkel unveiled a new phase of Germany’s strategy for dealing with coronavirus last night. Much of what she said…

Why Germany is reluctant to bail out Italy

27 April 2020 8:24 pm

The European Union has done it again. Last Thursday, member states agreed on an aid package of more than half…

Germany's coronavirus crisis may have just revealed Merkel's successor

26 April 2020 4:24 pm

Like her or not, Angela Merkel has managed Germany’s response to the coronavirus pandemic commendably. The long-time chancellor usually appears…

Does Germany need China more than Europe?

11 April 2020 5:50 pm

‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’ is the expression of the moment when it comes to summing up how countries…