German Miscellany




Andriy Makukha, CC BY-NC-SA

Are Kraftwerk more influential than the Beatles? It’s a difficult question to decide – for obvious reasons. The Beatles were brilliant, groundbreaking and influential. But after a mere seven years of glory and genius, the band was spent – and they... more

13 Jun 2017 15:00 German Miscellany

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

EPA/Lukas Barth

Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as Germany’s president represents a rare opportunity for his country. While the role is essentially ceremonial, Steinmeier’s background, combined with a dramatically changing global political climate, leaves him... more

22 Feb 2017 10:00 German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Angela Merkel has finally confirmed that she will run for reappointment as German chancellor in the country’s 2017 parliamentary elections. Many have hoped for this moment, despite the setbacks of the past few years. There is a strong sense that... more

25 Nov 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Deutsche Bank - Frankfurt

Kiefer, CC BY-SA

Will Deutsche Bank need rescuing? It’s a question that is being asked as this big beast of global banking gears up to announce its third quarter results on October 27. With losses expected to be north of €600m (£534m), the backdrop is dismal... more

27 Oct 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Deutsche Bank


Deutsche Bank is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Some speculators believe that it will be the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse all over again. Shares in the bank were briefly driven down to single digits. They seem to have stabilised around... more

4 Oct 2016 13:08 German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

Kay Nietfeld/EPA

The morning after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, as I was on my way from the University of Braunschweig, in Lower Saxony, where I had given a talk on Brexit, to the hotel, a German taxi driver told me that the Brexit vote is a catastrophe for... more

4 Aug 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

EPA/Kay Nietfeld

The motives behind the four attacks that have taken place in Germany recently are still under investigation. Links to Islamic State are suspected in two cases, but not in the others. The one common factor was that all the perpetrators had a... more

2 Aug 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Hollande Merkel

EPA/Ian Langsdon

Irrespective of petitions, speculation about when Article 50 will be triggered and the implosion of the UK’s two leading political parties, one thing is certain in post-referendum Britain – the country has voluntarily and irrevocably surrendered... more

1 Aug 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Grief Munich

EPA/Sven Hoppe

Within the space of a week a teenager seriously injured three people on a train in Würzburg before being shot dead by police and another shot and killed nine people in a Munich shopping centre. A Syrian man was also arrested in the city of... more

28 Jul 2016 14:00 German Miscellany

Angela Merkel

EPA/Odd Andersen

As the reality of Brexit sinks in, the European Union faces unprecedented challenges. While the end-times scenario painted by European leaders in the run-up to Britain’s referendum was a wild exaggeration, urgent and determined action is needed to... more

26 Jul 2016 14:00 German Miscellany