Angela Merkel

Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

The King of Greece tells it like it really was

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Athens Viewed from Mars, this is a sunny, peaceful city. Up close, however, things ain’t what they used to be.…

The new sceptics’ case for staying in the EU: it’ll sink soon anyway

30 January 2016 9:00 am

As Tory ministers wrestle with their consciences before the EU referendum, an intriguing new argument for voting to stay has…

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The centre-right is failing worldwide, so what’s David Cameron’s secret?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

There are times when Westminster’s obsession with US politics is embarrassing for even the strongest believer in the Anglo-American relationship.…

A tale of two families

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad War and Peace has been in the news lately, so what was it that Leo wrote about all happy…

It is time to join the fight against IS in Syria

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as we have seen in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its…

It is political correctness, not maniacal bigots, that will end civilisation

28 November 2015 9:00 am

What does one do, attend or refuse a party after a tragic event such as the recent Paris outrage? My…

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Europe’s chaos vindicates decisions Britain has made

21 November 2015 9:00 am

To say that the Paris attacks could have happened in Britain is not enough. Such attacks are being attempted here…

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

Angela Merkel will survive – but will the soul of post-war Germany?

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The migrant crisis is testing the country’s post-war idea of itself

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths

Tony Hall’s diary: the Proms, my walking obsession, and why the BBC is like James Bond

25 July 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing quite like a First Night — and last Friday we launched the Proms, the most celebrated classical music…

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Merkel’s crisis is David Cameron’s opportunity

Greece’s secret weapon: Grexit would hurt Merkel most

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Grexit would be worse for Germany than for Greece

Putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables

13 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing to add to Martin Vander Weyer’s item about Hellas of two weeks ago in these here pages except…

Portrait of the week

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Home A Bill to enable a referendum on whether voters wanted Britain to ‘remain’ in the European Union figured in…

Why Viktor Orban could be David Cameron’s new best friend

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Hungary’s Viktor Orban could be the PM’s most influential ally in EU renegotiations. So what does he want – and what can he get?

Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that…

Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015 9:00 am

For Angela Merkel, it’s a crisis. For David Cameron, it’s an opportunity

Confusion, snobbery and Pegida – a letter from Dresden

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Sachsenschweine — Saxon pigs — said the graffiti as my train moved out of Berlin on its way to Dresden.…

Europeans no longer fear Germany. But do the Germans still fear themselves?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Germans are beginning to recognise that they will not always be able to stay out of military conflicts

Portrait of the week

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Home Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, resigned as the head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse…

What Angela Merkel really wants (it's not good news for Dave)

8 November 2014 9:00 am

The German Chancellor has a lot in common with David Cameron – which is why she can’t afford to help him very much

Europe will reconcile with Russia, and soon. It can’t afford not to

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The West will have to drop sanctions on Russia – or face another global economic crash