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    1. May 1, 2015

      Stop these WW2 comparisons

      One day soon, robots will write politicians’ lines for them. It won’t be hard. When the US negotiated its recent...

    2. December 19, 2014

      City Insider: To Russia with love

      Lars Windhorst: To Russia with love To the Natural History Museum and racy German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst’s...

    1. December 19, 2014

      City Insider: To Russia with love

      Lars Windhorst: To Russia with love To the Natural History Museum and racy German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst’s...

    2. August 8, 2014

      A tawdry trade that tarnishes German justice

      Iactually find this capitalist system good,” the Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone told Germany’s Bild...

    3. May 16, 2014

      Back to the future as we rerun the 1990s

      When you say a truism that folks don’t want to hear, you’re guaranteed to get a “yeah, but . . .” It’s the same with...

    4. The World

      April 30, 2014

      Putin's partying with Schroeder highlights German and Russian ties

      Vladimir Putin still has some friends in the West. This week, he was seen sharing a comradely hug with Gerhard...

    5. January 2, 2014

      Archives 1984: Thatcher’s bad holidays and good hair days

      When is a holiday not a holiday? For Margaret Thatcher, it seems, downtime was not an option. The release of the former...

    6. The World

      October 2, 2013

      The twilight of Forza Italia?

      (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) As the FT’s former man in Rome, I find it poignant to see Silvio Berlusconi...

    7. September 23, 2013

      Fear of the move from Mutti to Madame Non

      Germans may love her, but what do the markets think of Angela Merkel? Since the chancellor was first elected in...

    8. April 15, 2013

      They all want to be German now

      What would Margaret Thatcher have thought? Britain’s political leaders are drawing inspiration from Germany, the...

    9. April 15, 2013

      Merkel plans to quit midterm, says author

      The possibility that Angela Merkel may not serve a full term if she is re-elected German chancellor has been raised in...

    10. April 11, 2013

      Europe, sterling and Thatcher’s handbag

      Everyone who knew Margaret Thatcher felt at one time or other the bruising force of her handbag. My turn came during...

    11. March 19, 2013

      Berlin is well placed to lead on Syria

      On all recent questions of war and peace, Germany has disagreed with the other leading European powers. Berlin opposed...

    12. January 21, 2013

      Berlin and Paris need a relationship reset

      Today the political leadership of France and Germany gather in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing...

    13. January 20, 2013

      Europe: An uneven entente

      One picture sums it up: Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand holding hands in the Douaumont cemetery in 1984, beside the...

    14. FT Alphaville

      October 18, 2012

      Van Rompuy, Barroso and Schulz to collect the EU's Nobel together

      We had only just digested the news that the EU had won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, before the obvious question...

    15. Gavyn Davies

      October 12, 2012

      The Bundesbank relives a chapter in its history

      When David Marsh wrote his definitive biography of the Bundesbank in 1993, he chose the following sub title: “The Bank...

    16. October 1, 2012

      Blame the great men for Europe’s crisis

      “This is what you have to do, if you want the people to build statues of you on horseback.” Valéry Giscard d’Estaing...

    17. September 13, 2012

      Presidential suite

      Auctions of classic furniture and art held in the shadow of a turreted, picture-postcard French château owned by a...

    18. September 4, 2012

      Merkel’s good politics and bad economics

      The president of the Bundesbank was once the mightiest central banker in Europe. No more. In the council of the...

    19. June 20, 2012

      Don’t count on Germany’s economic surrender

      There is a strong sense of déjà vu in the eurozone. The conundrums over economic and monetary union – whether Greece...

    20. June 14, 2012

      Hollande walks in the shadow of De Gaulle

      There are two sets of European elections this weekend. Everyone wants to know what the Greeks will decide. To my mind...

    21. May 7, 2012

      Berlin prepares for pragmatic partnership

      François Hollande’s victory in the French presidential election was greeted in Berlin with a Gallic shrug – at least in...

    22. April 10, 2012

      Eurozone comes from extended family

      From Mr William Keegan. Sir, Surely the Mitterrand family is entitled to dispute Paul Ribbins’ attribution (“But theirs...

    23. April 9, 2012

      But theirs was an arranged marriage

      From Mr Paul Ribbins, Sir, In response to Arnab Das and Nouriel Roubini’s proposals for a eurozone divorce,...

    24. March 11, 2012

      Bravo Merkel on campaigning for Sarko

      Angela Merkel is helping Nicolas Sarkozy in his bid to win the French presidential elections. Her party, the Christian...

    25. The World

      February 16, 2012

      "Ugly"Germans and America in decline

      I am currently involved in a couple of online debates – one on Germany, one on whether America is in decline. Clive...

    26. December 6, 2011

      The fall of the Berlin Wall to a US of Europe

      In the beginning there was the fall of the Berlin Wall. It slammed the German question back on to the international...

    27. November 18, 2011

      The steely headmistress with Europe in her thrall

      More than 30 years ago Henry Kissinger, then US Secretary of State, allegedly complained that he could not believe in...

    28. November 16, 2011

      Germans must stop speaking Tory to save Europe

      No, Herr Kauder. Europe is not speaking German. In the past my teeth clenched as I listened to British politicians...

    29. November 8, 2011

      Swabian housewives knew all along

      From Mr Andrew Gimson. Sir, You urge that “Germany should stop playing the role of the Swabian housewife, concerned...

    30. September 9, 2011

      Berlin’s influence in ECB under pressure

      German central bankers tick differently to others of their kind. Jürgen Stark’s surprise resignation on Friday from the...

    31. Brussels Blog

      September 6, 2011

      The return of Gerhard Schröder

      Gerhard Schröder’s unexpected re-emergence as a voice for European fiscal integration may or may not change minds in...

    32. September 5, 2011

      Hang on to your purse, Ms Merkel

      “When she walks into the room, everybody falls silent. It’s like the headmistress coming in.” That, according to one...

    33. September 4, 2011

      The hour strikes for Angela Merkel

      From Konrad Adenauer to Angela Merkel, eight chancellors have governed Germany since the federal republic’s birth in...

    34. August 11, 2011

      It’s time to tear down Germany’s mental Wall

      There’s not much left to see of the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie. The setting for countless cold war spy films,...

    35. Gavyn Davies

      July 20, 2011

      The eurozone is not a nation state

      Update: Read Gavyn’s comment on the likely outcome of the emergency summit in Brussels. Ever since Italy was sucked in...

    36. July 17, 2011

      German snub for Putin as prize withdrawn

      Vladimir Putin has received an embarrassing snub on the eve of high-level talks between Moscow and Berlin after the...

    37. July 14, 2011

      TV entrepreneur who captured the ‘zeitgeist’

      Leo Kirch, the entrepreneur who helped change the face of German television before his empire collapsed a decade ago,...

    38. December 5, 2010

      Wolfgang Schäuble, a profile

      By far the most politically experienced member of the German government, Wolfgang Schäuble asked for the thankless job...

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