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  1. 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 newspaper...

  2. 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...

  1. 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 Schroeder,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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 battling...

  4. 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 November...

  5. 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 European...

  6. 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 a new...

  7. 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 her big...

  8. 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 the...

  9. 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 of...

  10. 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...

  11. 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 dawned on...

  12. 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 That...

  13. 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 was...

  14. 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 former...

  15. 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 European...

  16. 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 gives...

  17. 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 the...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 was...

  20. 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, Paul-Mortimer...

  21. 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...

  22. 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 Crook...

  23. 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 agenda....

  24. 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 Europe...

  25. 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 pleasing...

  26. 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 only...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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 senior...

  30. 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 1949....

  31. 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,...

  32. 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 to...

  33. 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...

  34. 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, died...

  35. 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 of...

  36. November 29, 2010

    Spain braces itself for a crisis made in Germany

    On May 9, when European Union leaders approved the rescue package embodied in the European financial stability facility,...

  37. November 29, 2010

    Regional aid needs accountability

    As in any family, the European Union’s worst arguments tend to be about money. This year’s list will undoubtedly be topped...

  38. October 6, 2010

    Costs of dashed east German hopes after reunification

    From Dr Mark A. Wolfgram. Sir, Quentin Peel has put forward a very nice article to mark the 20th anniversary of Germany’s...

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