Germany

Fighting every inch of the way: the Italian Campaign of 1943

30 September 2023 9:00 am

When Allied forces landed at Salerno on 9 September, they expected an easy run to Rome. But the intelligence proved dangerously faulty, as James Holland explains

How the British intelligentsia fell out of love with Germany

19 August 2023 9:00 am

The love affair between Britain and Germany is over

You think British trains are bad? Try German ones

5 August 2023 9:00 am

I found Jean-Pierre standing at a half-open window gulping down lungfuls of stale Dutch air as our night train chuntered,…

What does the European centre-right stand for?

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Friedrich Merz, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), dropped the bomb last weekend. In a TV interview, Merz…

The unlikely rise of Germany’s defence minister

9 July 2023 7:54 pm

An unlikely political star has risen in Germany. Boris Pistorius, a 63-year-old father of two is a career politician and,…

The Franco-Prussian war changed the map of Europe – so why are we so ignorant about it?

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Rachel Chrastil describes how Bismarck, relying on Gallic pride to provoke the war he wanted, ensured that France would fight without a single ally

Germany’s missteps in Ukraine have left Scholz fighting for his political life

17 January 2023 2:33 am

Difficult though it may be to believe, there is chaos at the top of the German government over its mishandling…

How the Queen helped to fix Germany

12 September 2022 5:30 pm

The Brandenburg Gate has often reflected the state of the German nation. Throughout the centuries, Berlin’s iconic landmark has been…

Green parties are facing a reality check

3 September 2022 9:00 am

How pleasant it is to watch an idea fall apart. Especially when it is an idea held by people you…

Is Germany afraid of China?

17 August 2022 6:30 pm

The German air force has taken off for its first deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. It will take part in…

Germany’s energy crisis is a warning to Britain

30 July 2022 9:00 am

During the eurozone crisis, southern European states had to go cap in hand to Germany to stave off national bankruptcy.…

Putin has Europe where he wants it

26 July 2022 3:22 am

Have we reached the endgame of Vladimir Putin’s energy war against the West, the point at which he turns off…

How Germany's energy crisis could hurt Britain

22 July 2022 4:00 pm

For now, Berlin can breathe a sigh of relief: after a ten-day shutdown for maintenance, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline…

East Germans still find it hard to see Russia as the enemy

2 July 2022 9:00 am

East Germans still find it hard to see Russia as the enemy

Cold war: Putin’s plan to hold Germany to ransom

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Can Germany’s solidarity with Ukraine survive the winter?

Germany is failing Ukraine

30 May 2022 11:20 pm

‘A giant step for German and European security,’ is how Chancellor Olaf Scholz described his government’s €100 billion cash injection…

Are sanctions making Russia richer?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

As oil prices surge, Putin’s billions are soaring

Sanction Gerhard Schröder

21 May 2022 9:00 am

From the start of the war in Ukraine, the democratic world has shown striking unity in the economic boycott of…

Olaf Scholz is tanking

16 May 2022 7:25 pm

North-Rhine Westphalia is Germany’s largest state, almost as large as the Netherlands. It was a traditional SPD fiefdom during the…

Merkel is turning into Blair

11 May 2022 9:30 pm

Angela Merkel left the German chancellery at the end of last year with a bunch of flowers, a standing ovation…

Germany’s wilful ignorance is hurting Ukraine

11 May 2022 1:00 am

Berlin, Germany Germans have a complex relationship with their Erinnerungskultur, or ‘culture of memory’. Whenever the word appears, it almost invariably…

The relentless march of Europe’s zombie centrists

26 April 2022 4:00 pm

Journalists rarely had it so easy as when it came to writing up the final result of the French presidential…

The case against a European army

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The end of the Cold War was used by the victors to unite Germany. To balance this, Europhiles created a…

Zelensky has snubbed Germany’s President

13 April 2022 9:00 pm

When Volodymyr Zelensky told the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday that he did not want to see him in Kyiv,…

Boris and Scholz parade the new Europe

9 April 2022 3:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed Europe forever. That was the argument that Boris Johnson made on Friday when he…