Patricia Hogwood


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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

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

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

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

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