Angela Merkel

Merkel is right to reject Biden's vaccine patent plan

7 May 2021 10:04 pm

She handed the vaccine procurement process over to the European Union. She didn’t invest much in new production. And she…

Is Germany about to go Green?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Could Annalena Baerbock decide Germany’s future?

Merkel's vaccine nationalism threatens India

23 April 2021 9:56 pm

You might have thought that Europe’s leaders would be wary of handing Brussels greater powers, given the various mishaps of the…

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…

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…

Boris tries to avoid a vaccine war

24 March 2021 5:31 am

After France’s Europe Minister became the latest politician to threaten a vaccine export ban on the UK, Boris Johnson used today’s…

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…

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

Marilyn moment: is this the man who will replace Angela Merkel?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Is this the man who will replace Merkel?

Is Germany really such a role model?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The British romance with Germany has always been an on-off affair. At the turn of the century, Kaiser Bill enjoyed…

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…

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Frightened people love their leaders

1 April 2020 2:09 am

‘The Trump presidency is over’, said Peter Wehner, in the Atlantic. The great wizards of liberal punditry stroked their beards…

What a relief to no longer have to pretend to be sociable

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Hulking fat chavs pushing shopping trolleys full of lavatory paper back to their Nissan Micras. I can’t think of a…

The death of the centre in European politics

15 February 2020 3:36 pm

Stockholm It’s hard not to feel sorry for Leo Varadkar. He positioned himself as Ireland’s champion and even ended up…

The death of the centre in European politics

15 February 2020 9:00 am

What happens when times change, but parties don’t?

The agony of Brexit – for us Germans

1 February 2020 9:00 am

We Germans have been in denial about Brexit

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Who’s listening? Civilized debate is dead

5 November 2019 4:59 am

This article is in The Spectator’s November 2019 US edition. Subscribe here. Today nearly all real public discussion has become impossible. Which…

Boris needs to be explicit: it’s the UK’s offer or no deal

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The past few months have been characterised by weeks of high drama which, for all the excitement, have resolved nothing.…

Germany’s ailing economy can’t afford a no-deal Brexit

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The UK was the ‘sick man’ when we ‘joined Europe’ in 1973. Now, with Britain on the cusp of leaving,…

Stop thinking Merkel will save us, Dominic Cummings warns

24 August 2019 3:59 am

Is Boris Johnson more likely to get a Brexit deal after his meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron? The…

Tony Abbott is wholly misplaced about WTO Brexit

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Hubris and nemesis Sir: Douglas Murray’s assessment of Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as German Chancellor (‘Europe’s empty throne’,…

Portrait of the week: Hammond ‘ends austerity’, Angela Merkel resigns and Leicester City’s owner killed in helicopter crash

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Austerity was ‘finally coming to an end’, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in the Budget. He…

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15 reasons to fall in love with Germany and Germans

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Things I learned about the Germans after a fortnight living as a non–tourist in Frankfurt:   1. Germans, and Germany…