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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


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…

Crisis looms over the Brexit negotiations    

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Crisis loomed over Brexit negotiations as Theresa May, the Prime Minister, travelled to the north-east to explain ‘this Government’s…

The Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary party sounds glorious

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Windsor Castle on Monday night sounds like a children’s party magnified. The rooms were filled with golden-leaved trees. A giant…

Where did it all go wrong for Angela Merkel?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

 Trier, Rhineland Was it really just a few months ago that Angela Merkel was being hailed as the leader of…

The Spectator’s Notes

30 September 2017 9:00 am

You can see why Theresa May said in Florence that the British wished the European Union well in its plans…

The Merkel supremacy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

 Berlin ‘Capitalism is armed robbery,’ reads the graffiti on the subway wall, but here in Berlin, German capitalists are doing…

The EU hasn’t settled the ‘German question’. It’s reopened it

4 June 2016 9:00 am

‘No one can seriously deny that European integration brought an end to Franco-German conflict and has settled the German question…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe

7 May 2016 9:00 am

President Erdogan has the EU’s leaders exactly where he wants them

It’s not just Donald Trump, the right is tearing itself apart everywhere

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Conservatism is having a nervous breakdown

Send us your entries for our ‘President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition’

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Pen a foul verse in honour of the Turkish leader and be in the running for a £1,000 poetry prize!

Portrait of the week

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, kept talking of the ‘next generation’. He outlined cuts…

The EU is on a suicide mission. Do we want to be a part of it?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s bad enough here, but Europe’s migrant folly is suicidal