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

Sep 28, 2017 10:00 AM 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

Sep 26, 2017 11:43 PM 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

Sep 26, 2017 11:30 PM 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

Sep 26, 2017 11:20 PM 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

Sep 24, 2017 8:57 AM Guest Columns

CDU Wahlwerbung

EPA/Felipe Trueba

German voters are about to go to the polls to elect a new government – except, of course, they won’t. Germany’s proportional electoral system has ensured that only once in the history of the Bundesrepublik (1957) has a party won a majority in... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Guest Columns


© Lulla -

Insurgencies often end up betraying the ideals that motivated them. Brexit seems no different. In no time, it has shed its intellectually most powerful motive: the full restoration of sovereignty to the House of Commons. more

Sep 11, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns


Japanese banks Nomura and Daiwa recently indicated they are moving their EU base to Frankfurt and are applying for the appropriate regulatory licences. The announcements follow similar ones from Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, among others. more

Sep 4, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Angela Merkel - Shooting Munich

EPA/Michael Kappeler

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won a resounding victory in a regional election in Germany’s most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The CDU is now in pole position to be the largest party when Germany next goes to the... more

May 15, 2017 10:00 AM Guest Columns

Europe, Brexit

EPA/Clemens Bilan

There is a general perception in the UK that the remaining EU states, and Germany especially, would like to punish Britain for withdrawing from the European Union. This would mean Britain out in the cold, no trade deal, and potentially a fine to... more

May 8, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns