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  1. October 11, 2013

    Why Danny the Red dreams of Europe

    In 1968 Daniel Cohn-Bendit helped send Charles de Gaulle into retirement. Now the former student revolutionary is having a...

  2. 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...

  1. The World

    November 11, 2011

    Europe's great-and-good, at bay

    I’ve just spent a couple of days in Warsaw at the annual conference of the European Council on Foreign Relations – a...

  2. November 15, 2010

    Immigration: Tensions unveiled

    Minarets or missiles? A poster campaign (above) by the People’s party drew condemnation a year ago as Swiss voted in a...

  3. September 15, 2010

    Brussels targets growing nationalism

    A group of leading European Union politicians will on Wednesday present a manifesto aimed at combating what they believe is...

  4. Westminster Blog

    April 20, 2010

    Clegg for foreign secretary?

    In most press commentary the presumption is still that Vince Cable would become Chancellor of the Exchequer under a...

  5. April 8, 2010

    A shifting vision

    When Angela Merkel first joined the government of Helmut Kohl as minister for women and youth affairs in 1991, the...

  6. April 7, 2010

    Germany: A shifting Weltanschauung

    Paymaster no more. Angela Merkel arriving at last month’s Brussels summit, The chancellor once known as ‘Mrs Europa’ won her...

  7. January 13, 2010

    Iceland rushes to find Icesave face-saver

    Iceland's government was scrambling to find a face-saving solution to the -Icesave dispute as the clock yesterday ticked...

  8. January 13, 2010

    Iceland rushes to find Icesave face-saver

    Iceland's government was scrambling to find a face-saving solution to the -Icesave dispute as the clock yesterday ticked...

  9. January 12, 2010

    Iceland races for Icesave face-saver

    Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Iceland president, had refused to sign legislation that would compensate the British and Dutch...

  10. August 4, 2009

    Who will answer the EU phone?

    When Henry Kissinger was US secretary of state, he is said to have demanded to know what telephone number he could ring to...

  11. July 22, 2009

    Support grows for Merkel to link with Greens

    Support for an unlikely-sounding alliance between Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Green...

  12. May 23, 2009

    Competition answers

    In last week’s magazine we asked readers to identify 100 leaders, past and present, pictured on the cover. No one got a...

  13. March 19, 2009

    Precarious podium

    W hen Hillary Clinton visited the European parliament in Brussels two weeks ago, she praised Europe's post-1945 political...

  14. March 18, 2009

    Precarious podium

    Union flags: Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi shares a thought at last October’s Elysée summit. EU leaders have since made little...

  15. February 27, 2009

    EU champion takes fright in flight to protectionism

    When Joschka Fischer, erstwhile revolutionary and environmentalist, was German foreign minister, he won the reputation of...

  16. February 26, 2009

    EU champion takes fright at protectionism

    When Joschka Fischer, erstwhile revolutionary and environmentalist, was German foreign minister, he won the reputation of...

  17. December 19, 2008

    German minister denies spy claim

    German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will challenge Angela Merkel next year for the chancellor’s job, has...

  18. November 12, 2008

    'Wise men' predict flat German growth

    Economic growth in Germany will be flat next year and unemployment will start rising, the country's top five economists...

  19. November 11, 2008

    ‘Wise men’ predict flat German growth

    Germany is not doing enough to stave off an economic slump, a group of government advisers will warn on Wednesday, in a...

  20. November 11, 2008

    Merkel must be 'more decisive' on crisis

    Germany has renounced any claim to leadership in shaping Europe's response to the financial and economic crises and is...

  21. November 10, 2008

    Fischer urges Merkel to be ‘more decisive’

    Germany has renounced any claim to leadership in shaping Europe’s response to the financial and economic crises and is...

  22. February 8, 2008

    Observer: Under fire for not taking enough fire

    Berlin is on the spot, again, over Afghanistan. Germany has about 3,200 peacekeepers in the war-torn country, but the US...

  23. February 7, 2008

    Under fire for not taking enough fire

    Berlin is on the spot, again, over Afghanistan. Germany has about 3,200 peacekeepers in the war-torn country, but the US and...

  24. December 10, 2007

    Illegal visas issued in German embassies

    Counterfeiting activities at German embassies in Moscow and elsewhere have led to thousands of people illegally obtaining...

  25. December 2, 2007

    Ashdown lined up as Afghan super-envoy

    Paddy Ashdown, formerly the European Union-United Nations high representative in Bosnia, has been offered a new post as a...

  26. November 19, 2007

    A colourful chronicle of Germany's past

    T wo years ago, as Germany's coalition of Social Democrats and Greens was reaching its twilight, a book by Joschka Fischer,...

  27. November 19, 2007

    A colourful chronicle of Germany's past

    T wo years ago, as Germany's coalition of Social Democrats and Greens was reaching its twilight, a book by Joschka Fischer,...

  28. October 5, 2007

    Fischer breaks word to impart political wisdom

    When Joschka Fischer retired as a politician a year ago and flew off to the US to take up a teaching job, his last words...

  29. October 5, 2007

    Fischer breaks his word to dispense political wisdom

    When Joschka Fischer retired as a politician a year ago and flew off to the US to take up a teaching job, his last words...

  30. October 5, 2007

    Fischer turns to dispense advice

    When Joschka Fischer retired as a politician a year ago and flew off to the US to take up a teaching job, his last words...

  31. October 4, 2007

    Europe will be more effective if it leads by example

    From Prof Philip G. Cerny. Sir, I agree with what Martti Ahtisaari and Joschka Fischer say about the European Union's...

  32. October 4, 2007

    Europe has no need for unanimity

    From Prof Philip G. Cerny. Sir, I agree with what Martti Ahtisaari and Joschka Fischer say about the European Union's...

  33. October 3, 2007

    Euro has not led to a single voice for Europe

    From Prof René Smits. Sir, In their appeal for a strong European voice on the international scene (“Europe needs to assert...

  34. October 2, 2007

    Europe’s public figures press Turkey’s case

    The divisive question of Turkey’s accession to the European Union is reopened on Tuesday with an appeal from 50 prominent...

  35. October 2, 2007

    Europe's public figures press Turkey's case

    The divisive question of Turkey's accession to the European Union is reopened today with an appeal from 50 prominent...

  36. October 2, 2007

    Europe's public figures press Turkey's case

    The divisive question of Turkey's accession to the European Union is reopened today with an appeal from 50 prominent...

  37. October 2, 2007

    Europe's public figures press Turkey's case to join union

    The divisive question of Turkey's accession to the European Union is reopened today with an appeal from 50 prominent...

  38. October 1, 2007

    Why Europe needs to assert itself in the world

    November 9 will be a seminal date for the European Union – 18 years since east Berliners tore down the wall and began...

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