Katja Hoyer

The Euros couldn’t come at a worse time for Germany

15 June 2024 4:30 pm

Like many Germans, I remember the summer of 2006 with fondness. We hosted the football World Cup, and for a…

It feels like the social order is crumbling in Germany

3 June 2024 8:52 pm

I’ve been in and out of Germany a lot in recent months, and it’s hard not to gain the impression…

Germany was right to take the Reichsbürger threat seriously

25 May 2024 5:00 pm

Germany is in the grip of one of the most extensively covered courtroom dramas in recent memory. On trial is…

Russia is failing to undermine German morale on Ukraine

19 April 2024 4:00 pm

The news that German police have arrested two alleged Russian spies in Bavaria has understandably raised some alarm bells in…

Germany’s Holocaust dilemma

28 March 2024 10:10 pm

‘In 2024, Jewish money is once again being confiscated by a German bank’. This is a headline that makes for uncomfortable reading…

How Germany became a security liability

9 March 2024 9:56 pm

There were lots of smiles and some awkward football banter when German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock met her British counterpart…

Germany’s anti-AfD marches are backfiring

7 February 2024 9:48 pm

The rise of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has set off one of the largest waves of protest in modern German…

What a secret far-right meeting reveals about the AFD

11 January 2024 7:31 pm

It sounds like a scene from a dystopian TV drama: in a country hotel west of Berlin, far-right politicians met…

Can Scholz convince the EU to continue supporting Ukraine?

10 January 2024 6:14 pm

New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. But when it comes to Ukraine, Europe hasn’t made any. There is…


Why German farmers are taking on the ruling coalition

7 January 2024 5:30 pm

He wanted to get away from it all. The splendid solitude of the tiny North Sea island of Hooge was…

Can things get any worse for Olaf Scholz?

30 December 2023 11:00 am

A ‘smurf’, a ‘plumber’, a ‘know-it-all’: Olaf Scholz has been called many things. But so far Germany’s chancellor has brushed…

Germany’s Reichsbürger movement is anything but a joke

26 November 2023 4:51 am

They don’t believe the German state exists, they make their own passports and they want the German monarchy restored. It’s…

Can Germany’s ‘Rwanda-style’ migrant plan keep the AfD at bay?

10 November 2023 5:00 pm

Germany is facing one of the greatest political upheavals in its modern history. Polls indicate that the ruling coalition would…

‘The truth will make us free’: students on the march in post-war Europe

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The radical Rudi Dutschke in 1960s Berlin and the angry Johnny Rotten in 1970s London are just two of the charismatic figures in this history of youth activism

A doomed democracy

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Despite its democratic ideals and artistic creativity, 1920s Germany lacked both the flexibility and social cohesion necessary for functional politics, says Frank McDonough

Germany shouldn’t ban the AfD

15 August 2023 5:34 pm

There are few countries in the world more conscious of the fragility of democracy than Germany. After the horrors of…

The unlikely rise of Germany’s defence minister

9 July 2023 7:54 pm

An unlikely political star has risen in Germany. Boris Pistorius, a 63-year-old father of two is a career politician and,…

What explains the remarkable rise of Germany’s AfD?

26 June 2023 4:39 pm

A common stereotype about Germans is that they love to complain – and there is certainly a kernel of truth to…

Has Germany truly come to terms with its Nazi past?

23 April 2023 4:30 pm

Germany is often lauded for the way it confronts its own past. The Holocaust, the murder of six million Jewish…

The Prince of Prussia’s legal fight brings painful memories back for Germany

12 March 2023 4:30 pm

Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia has two big problems: he is the great-great-grandson and heir of Wilhelm II, Germany’s last…

How does the EU solve a problem like Qatar?

22 December 2022 4:06 am

Can the EU afford to snub Qatar? The corruption scandal engulfing the European Parliament centres around allegations that the Gulf…

Germany’s failed coup shows the danger of conspiracy theories

8 December 2022 4:01 am

It was one of the biggest police raids modern Germany has ever seen. Early Wednesday morning, 3,000 officers, among them…

The march of Germany’s extreme monarchists

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Inside Germany’s extreme monarchist movement

How the Queen helped to fix Germany

12 September 2022 5:30 pm

The Brandenburg Gate has often reflected the state of the German nation. Throughout the centuries, Berlin’s iconic landmark has been…

Olaf Scholz needs to deal with the Putin appeasers in his party

29 August 2022 4:00 pm

‘The weapons have to fall silent,’ the left wing of Germany’s ruling Social Democratic party suggested this week, in their…