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Trump’s German troop withdrawal will hurt America

9 June 2020 11:50 pm

Tensions between Germany and the United States have increased considerably since Donald Trump became President. Trump has repeatedly criticized Berlin…

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…

Germany’s flag burning ban is a threat to freedom of expression

19 May 2020 7:13 pm

Germany’s national parliament has made the public burning of the European Union flag and flags of foreign countries punishable by…

League of nations: the race out of lockdown

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Lifting lockdown is a worldwide experiment

We know everything – and nothing – about Covid

9 May 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as ‘the science’ – but facts are emerging from the Covid fog

Could the Covid crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Could the Covid crisis be an economic opportunity for Brexit Britain?

'You are endangering the world': German tabloid goes to war with China

21 April 2020 2:04 am

Could China have done more to prevent the coronavirus pandemic? One tabloid editor in Germany certainly thinks so and an extraordinary…

The corona curtain-twitchers are watching

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Welcome, then, to a country in which the police send drones to humiliate people taking a walk and dried pasta…

Isolation forces us to work out what really matters

28 March 2020 9:00 am

In tough times, people often discover their dauntlessness

Northern lights: Seven steps for levelling up Britain

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Seven steps for levelling up Britain

The agony of Brexit – for us Germans

1 February 2020 9:00 am

We Germans have been in denial about Brexit

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,…

Germany’s military has become a complete joke

31 August 2019 9:00 am

It is not hard to think of times when German military weakness would have been lauded as good news across…

A presidential pardon for my ‘miraculously shrinking crime’

25 May 2019 9:00 am

I owe my return to these pages to the pardon I have received from the President of the United States.…

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Trump told me I got a ‘bad rap’

23 May 2019 9:14 pm

I owe my return to these pages to the pardon I have received from the President of the United States.…

How is the country split over Brexit?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

German customs The original customs union, or Zollverein, was established by Prussia along with 17 other states which make up…

A clear vision of Walter Gropius the man is hard to come by

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Walter Gropius (1883–1969) had the career that the 20th century inflicted on its architects. A master of the previous generation…

Europeans can’t understand the existential drive behind the British wish to leave the EU

9 February 2019 9:00 am

What can the EU do to help the Britons out of their Brexit quagmire? Until very recently, the answer would…

‘Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche’, Edvard Munch, c. 1906

Nietzsche’s intense friendship with Wagner forms the core of Sue Prideaux’s excellent new biography

29 September 2018 9:00 am

In 1945, with the second world war won bar the shouting, Bertrand Russell polished off his brief examination of Friedrich…

Berlin in ruins, 1945

Ian Kershaw recounts Europe’s recovery from WWII – have the good times run their course?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

When I reviewed the first volume of Sir Ian Kershaw’s wrist-breaking history of the last 100 years of Europe, To…

Be sure to lose your wallet in Germany. Photo: Getty

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…

Why did Theresa May ‘clear’ the EU deal with Merkel before consulting her colleagues?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

From the archive: the future of Scandinavia

16 June 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Baltic question’, 15 June 1918: The future of Scandinavia and the Baltic must depend on the outcome of…

Becoming German has helped me understand Brexit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In the end, after all the waiting, the document didn’t look like much — a sheet of A4 paper adorned…

Europe’s biggest Brexit fear? That we’ll flourish outside the EU

6 January 2018 9:00 am

What do Europeans really think about Brexit? Do they secretly admire our unexpected decision to walk away from all those…