Guest Columns



Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Bonn Is Not Weimar was the title of a 1956 book by the Swiss journalist Fritz René Allemann. He argued that the (West) German Federal Republic, founded in 1949 and with Bonn as its capital, had devised a stable form of parliamentary government... more

8 Dec 2017 11:00 Guest Columns

Angela Merkel

EPA/Filip Singer

The collapse of talks to form a coalition government in Germany has left an unsettling sense of uncertainty in Europe’s biggest democracy. In a country where stability is valued above all else, no-one is sure what comes next. more

27 Nov 2017 11:00 Guest Columns

Reichstag Berlin


Angela Merkel is in trouble. Serious trouble. Negotiations to form the next German government have collapsed dramatically. Quite where the chancellor, and indeed Germany, go from here is anything but certain. more

21 Nov 2017 12:00 Guest Columns

Playmobil - Martin Luther

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Germany will shortly enjoy a national holiday to celebrate a moment that tore Europe apart. In Wittenberg, a small town in Saxony-Anhalt, politicians and church leaders will gather to take part in a commemorative service at the Castle Church. There, more

27 Oct 2017 10:00 Guest Columns

EU and UK

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As expected, the leaders of the EU27 decided at a summit in Brussels on October 20 that there had not been “sufficient progress” in the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to move on to talks about a post-Brexit trade relationship. more

26 Oct 2017 10:00 Guest Columns


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As analysts feverishly assess the implications of Germany’s new, 709-member Bundestag, more than 1.7m voters in Berlin also ponder the results of a hotly-contested referendum on the future of Tegel airport. more

28 Sep 2017 10:00 Guest Columns


EPA/Filipe Trueba

The statistics are clear: the latest polls anticipate victory for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) (36-38%) in the impending German election. They also forecast a weak result for her opponent Martin Schulz and his Social Democratic... more

26 Sep 2017 23:43 Guest Columns

AfD supporters

EPA/Thorsten Wagner

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), the right wing upstart of German politics, will enter the national parliament for the first time after taking 12.6% of the vote in the 2017 election. more

26 Sep 2017 23:30 Guest Columns

Voll muttiviert

EPA/Clemens Bilan

Angela Merkel will continue as chancellor of Germany. But following an election that saw the rise of smaller parties – most notably the far right – her fourth term will probably be an eventful one in ways she would not wish for. more

26 Sep 2017 23:20 Guest Columns

Angela Merkel

EPA/Filipe Trueba

When Angela Merkel first became Chancellor of Germany in 2005, she was a virtual unknown. Critics were sceptical about her staying power. There were confident predictions that she wouldn’t see out the 100-day honeymoon period traditionally enjoyed... more

24 Sep 2017 08:57 Guest Columns