Germany

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…

Germany's progressives have a Putin problem

28 March 2022 2:08 am

Eighty-nine years ago this week, the German Social Democrats in the Reichstag cast the only votes opposing Adolf Hitler’s dictatorial…

Is Germany already backsliding on Russia?

22 March 2022 10:40 pm

Just three weeks after Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would directly arm Ukraine, Europe’s economic powerhouse is running out…

Germany’s attitude to Russia is changing. Does it go far enough?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Germany’s attitude to Russia is changing fast

A new Europe is emerging from this crisis

27 February 2022 7:43 am

With every hour that Kiev holds out, the geopolitics of Europe changes more. Germany, which so values its prohibition on…

It’s time for Germany to stand up to Russia

26 February 2022 8:00 pm

In his novel The Loyal Subject, which appeared on the eve of the first world war, Heinrich Mann, the brother…

The moral courage of P.J. O’Rourke

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Was it Socrates who said that chaos was the natural state of mankind, and tyranny the usual remedy? Actually it…

Head of Germany’s army admits: we’re not ready for war

24 February 2022 11:37 pm

You wake up in the morning and realise: there is war in Europe. Yesterday the army held a ‘Day of…

It's too late to break Europe's gas reliance on Russia

22 February 2022 11:39 pm

So, Nord Stream 2 will not be plugged into Germany’s gas grid. A little surprisingly, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been…

How the Ukraine crisis ends

22 February 2022 1:15 am

Vladimir Putin does not think in the way the West does. Of course sanctions will hurt. But so what? He…

Is Germany finally standing up to Russia and China?

16 February 2022 9:43 pm

When German chancellor Olaf Scholz met Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday, the visuals said it all. As he had done…

Levelling up: don't copy the Germans

2 February 2022 11:05 pm

‘Germany has succeeded in levelling up where we have not,’ Boris Johnson claimed back in July last year, when talk…

Germany’s diplomatic game doesn’t make sense

30 January 2022 8:00 pm

Amidst the heavy criticism of Germany’s lack of commitment in the Ukraine crisis, the German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock argued…

In the pipeline: would Germany side with Russia in a conflict?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Germany’s curious alliance with Russia

France has the most to lose from Britain's turn away from Europe

29 December 2021 6:00 pm

It was Napoleon who declared that ‘a state has the politics of its geography’. We do well to remember that…

Covid could paralyse the new German coalition

24 November 2021 1:20 am

An iron curtain has descended on Europe, and once again, it goes right through the middle of Germany. The average…

The fifth Covid wave could break Macron

23 November 2021 6:40 am

The fifth Covid wave has started in Europe. Some governments are already imposing lockdowns and wage cuts for the unvaccinated…

Germany's 'day of fate' is a reminder of the country's troubled past

9 November 2021 6:23 pm

The 9 November is often called Germany’s Schicksalstag – Day of Fate. The date punctuates the fabric of the country’s calamitous…