Germany

Ghosts of the past: The Field, by Robert Seethaler, reviewed

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Give dead bones a voice and they speak volumes: George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo was clamorous with the departed…

Britain is in danger of repeating its post-war mistakes

17 April 2021 9:00 am

What we can learn from Britain’s rationing mistakes

Merkel's radical lockdown plan could quickly backfire

15 April 2021 2:53 am

In its flailing response to the Covid crisis, the German government appears to have finally given up on federalism. Angela…

Biden's backhanded bid to kill Nord Stream 2

9 April 2021 6:00 pm

Washington, D.C. is universally known as a town divided, a place where compromise and dialogue are often sacrificed at the…

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…

Merkel declares a 'new pandemic' as Germany locks down again

24 March 2021 3:12 am

A year on from the onset of the Covid crisis, Angela Merkel had grim news for Germans this morning: our…

Europe’s reckless caution over AstraZeneca

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The first smear campaign against AstraZeneca, when Emmanuel Macron falsely claimed at the start of the year that the jab…

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 mask scandal threatening to destroy Merkel’s legacy

11 March 2021 6:18 pm

In Germany, masks have been one of the least controversial elements of this pandemic. Most people have accepted that they…

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…

Germany is regretting its criticism of the Oxford Covid jab

24 February 2021 8:15 pm

Germany’s fridges are filled with Oxford jabs. But there’s a problem: 80 per cent of the 735,000 doses delivered to Germany…

Are Germans losing faith in the European project?

19 February 2021 6:00 pm

Germans are increasingly losing faith in the European Union due to its bungled handling of the vaccine roll-out. Germany and…

Biden's rift with Brussels is only set to grow

16 February 2021 1:46 am

It was meant to be a special relationship. After the tumultuous Trump years, President Biden was planning to reset relations…

Germany's border controls risk an EU rupture

15 February 2021 11:34 pm

On Sunday, Germany halted most travel for those moving between the country and its neighbouring Czech Republic and Austria. After the…

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

Ursula von der Leyen has always left a trail of disaster

31 January 2021 11:29 pm

The German Army had to join a NATO exercise with broomsticks because they didn’t have any rifles. It’s special forces…

Germany has just undermined the EU's vaccine argument

29 January 2021 1:50 am

Germany’s vaccine committee has advised the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine only be given to under-65s. The announcement marks a major twist in a…

Why a row about the rise of Hitler has erupted in the German press

27 December 2020 7:45 pm

A debate is playing out in the German-speaking media about whether inflation or deflation was behind the rise of Adolf…

Every page of this astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus is a treat

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laura Freeman is transported by J.C. Volkamer’s astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus

Can any country dodge the Covid bullet?

18 December 2020 1:26 am

The government is yet again under fire for its handling of Covid-19, as cases rise across parts of the country.…

Germany is in the grip of a Covid crisis

17 December 2020 9:45 pm

Germany’s ‘lockdown light’ strategy has failed: the country, which has been widely-praised for its response to the pandemic, recorded a daily…

Europe’s slow vaccine approval is testing Germany’s patience

16 December 2020 11:56 pm

The Bundestag can’t be an easy place to be a politician right now. At the start of the pandemic, Germany…

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?

Who will have more informants: the Stasi or Covid marshals?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Information overload The government’s plan to put ‘Covid wardens’ on the streets to enforce the new rule against more than…