Katja Hoyer

Hungary, Poland and the EU’s ‘diversity’ problem

2 August 2021 11:59 pm

It is quite something when the self-proclaimed ‘illiberal’ prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, reminds Brussels of its liberal principles.…

How will Merkel cope with retirement?

26 July 2021 4:45 pm

Retirement sounds pretty nice. The ONS says that pensioners spend an average of seven hours and ten minutes a day on…

The uninspiring choice facing German voters

15 July 2021 10:25 pm

The gloves are off in Germany’s electoral race. As personal insults are traded and skeletons dragged from their closets, even…

What's the problem with Gareth Southgate's 'war talk'?

11 July 2021 2:19 am

War analogies are a cherished football tradition. From chants of ‘Stand up if you won the war’ to the Daily…

What Merkel's visit means for Brexit Britain

3 July 2021 3:19 pm

Angela Merkel visited the UK yesterday for the last time as German chancellor – the 22nd visit she has paid in…

The politics of Germany's Stasi archives

22 June 2021 4:01 pm

‘Oh please… not the letters I sent to my mum,’ sighed the East German pastor Gernot Friedrich as he randomly…

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…

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.…

Is Germany about to go Green?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Could Annalena Baerbock decide Germany’s future?

Why Merkel's party is backing a political lightweight to replace her

13 April 2021 3:04 am

The run-up to the German federal elections in September was supposed to be dull and predictable. Merkel would name a…

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…

Failing upwards: the story of Ursula von der Leyen

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The historic failures of Ursula von der Leyen

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 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…