Guest Columns



Europe at night

Alasdair Rae, Author provided

It’s often said that England is the most densely populated large country in Europe – typically in discussions about the nation’s rising population, and the growing strain on public services. But it’s not true. more

30 Jan 2018 10:00 Guest Columns


Sascha Steinbach/EPA

After tense debate, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) conference in Bonn gave the go-ahead for the party to enter formal government coalition negotiations with the union parties, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its... more

25 Jan 2018 10:00 Guest Columns

Uwe Bottermann

Uwe Bottermann

Berlin is attractive to foreign real estate investors. Prices for residential properties are low here, compared to other European capitals. However, Berlin has established regulatory restraints on splitting title in rented buildings. This can... more

22 Jan 2018 10:00 Guest Columns

Dr. Thomas Herr

Florian Glock

No matter whether it’s the rise of China, the fight against terror or the ongoing instability of the European Union – international politics are changing at a rapid pace. But this impetus is not restricted solely to matters within the field of... more

19 Jan 2018 10:00 Guest Columns

Refugees in Greece

Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Germany’s two biggest political parties are heading back to the negotiating table in search of a new “grand coalition”. The talks between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union... more

13 Dec 2017 13:00 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



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

Nick Thompson/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

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

Virginia Mayo/Pool/EPA

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