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    1. April 28, 2015

      The populist surge has peaked but it will leave a bitter legacy

      Europe’s populist political tide is on the retreat. Not everywhere and not always for entirely comforting reasons. But the...

    2. April 16, 2015

      Berlin toughens its stance towards Greece

      Wolfgang Schäuble’s tough talk this week — ruling out a near-term deal between Athens and its creditors — was more than a...

    1. April 12, 2015

      Arson attack on hostel for asylum seekers shocks Germany

      On a sunny spring day, it would seem that nothing could disturb the peace of the sleepy German village of Tröglitz, as the...

    2. The World

      April 9, 2015

      Greece's reparations demand could bring the euro crisis to a head

      This week Greece finally put a figure on its demand for war reparations from Germany – €278.7bn as compensation for the...

    3. April 7, 2015

      Spectre of Grexit back as cash runs out

      “Grexit” is the phrase once again on everyone’s lips in Europe. Even if Greece is able to pay back a €450m loan to the...

    4. March 31, 2015

      Danger signs for Merkel after German MP quits in bailout protest

      Angela Merkel received a sharp reminder of the need to maintain a firm line in bailout talks with Greece after a prominent...

    5. March 23, 2015

      Merkel under pressure to take tough line with Tsipras

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under intense pressure from her own coalition to stick to her tough line over...

    6. March 17, 2015

      Greeks find support for German reparations claims — in Germany

      When Greek governments have periodically sought reparations from Germany for crimes committed during the Nazi occupation,...

    7. March 11, 2015

      Angela Merkel to boycott Russian war commemorations in May

      Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has joined the growing list of western leaders who will boycott Russia’s May...

    8. March 2, 2015

      Merkel set to lose senior adviser Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut

      Angela Merkel is set to lose her top adviser on European affairs, at a time when the EU faces critical challenges over the...

    9. February 27, 2015

      Greece’s Syriza and Europe must be patient and pragmatic

      For a cash-strapped government, pleasing both one’s creditors and one’s voters is always tricky. The letter sent this week...

    10. February 27, 2015

      Bundestag backs Greek bailout extension

      The lower house of the German parliament approved an extension of the Greek bailout by a wide margin on Friday but a...

    11. February 25, 2015

      Germany learns to look beyond its borders

      Germans think any plan that is put on paper should be executed — which is why the country’s approach to government strategy...

    12. February 25, 2015

      German MPs urged to take tough line on Greece

      An influential German business group is urging MPs to take a tough line on Greece ahead of a Friday vote in the Bundestag to...

    13. February 17, 2015

      Greece and the eurozone can still reach a deal

      Another week — and another meeting between Greece’s Syriza government and the eurogroup of finance ministers breaks up in...

    14. February 16, 2015

      German eurosceptics win seats in Hamburg elections

      Germany’s eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland has taken a big step towards establishing itself as a national political...

    15. February 12, 2015

      Tactical pause in Putin’s assault on Ukraine

      The deal agreed by Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Thursday provides a ray of hope that the conflict in...

    16. February 5, 2015

      Pegida brings anti-Islam message to UK

      A German group that protests against the perceived “Islamification of the west” has announced plans to hold its first UK...

    17. February 4, 2015

      Greece’s new government braces for collision with Germany

      A new Greek government emboldened by a popular mandate to discard the country’s hated bailout will come face to face on...

    18. February 2, 2015

      Dangerous cracks at Europe’s centre

      There are three crises afflicting Europe. Two are on the borders of the EU: a warlike Russia and an imploding Middle East....

    19. January 30, 2015

      Germany suspends minimum wage for foreign truck drivers

      Germany bowed to pressure from its eastern neighbours on Friday and suspended applying its newly enacted €8.50 an hour...

    20. January 29, 2015

      The stand-off that may sink the euro

      The euro has become the prisoner of a playground game of “you-go-first”. Everyone — almost — knows what needs to be done,...

    21. January 28, 2015

      Pegida rocked as nearly half of controlling committee resigns

      The future of Pegida, Germany’s Dresden-based anti-Islamisation movement, was thrown into confusion on Wednesday after five...

    22. January 27, 2015

      Germany should recall its time in Europe’s sick bay

      Not all Germans believe in God,” said Jacques Delors, former European Commission president, “but they all believe in the...

    23. January 21, 2015

      German populist leader quits after Hitler pose emerges

      Pegida, the fast-growing German anti-Islamisation movement, was thrown into disarray on Wednesday when its leader quit after...

    24. January 16, 2015

      German party leader struggles to shed extremist image

      Lutz Bachmann, the man behind the anti-Islamisation protests that have shaken Dresden, and stirred fears of a broader...

    25. January 15, 2015

      Pegida people reshape German politics

      Two crowds were rallying on Monday at the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital. To the east, 300 members of the Berlin...

    26. January 12, 2015

      Counter protests dwarf German anti-Islamisation rallies

      More than 85,000 people took to the streets across Germany on Monday night in protests against demonstrations held by a...

    27. January 12, 2015

      Challenges confront Germany’s Merkel on all sides

      For German chancellor Angela Merkel 2015 has already brought an unusual and diverse array of pressures: An embarrassing row...

    28. January 6, 2015

      Germans seek to counter growing anti-Islamisation protests

      The rightwing “anti-Islamisation” protests sweeping Germany have prompted a counter-attack from Bild, the country’s...

    29. January 5, 2015

      Angela Merkel faces growing dilemma over Greece

      Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition partner on Monday warned the German government against meddling in the...

    30. January 5, 2015

      Ulrich Beck, visionary theorist of globalisation and its risks

      Looking up from time to time to see the sunlight sparkle on the waters of Lake Starnberg, German sociologist Ulrich Beck...

    31. January 4, 2015

      Berlin insists it expects Greece to remain in eurozone

      Germany has insisted that it expects Greece to stay in the eurozone, despite a news report claiming Berlin was ready to see...

    32. January 2, 2015

      CSU seeks asylum crackdown after Merkel urges welcoming approach

      The conservative wing of Germany’s ruling coalition is proposing tougher rules for asylum seekers. The move came just days...

    33. December 17, 2014

      German businesses face inheritance tax shake-up

      Germany must overhaul rules that grant sweeping inheritance tax exemptions to beneficiaries of family-owned corporate...

    34. December 9, 2014

      Merkel eyes relief for German taxpayers

      German chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to an easing of the tax burden before the next election in a rare...

    35. December 9, 2014

      Dresden protest reveals rising anger in Germany over immigration

      A march in Dresden that drew 10,000 people has capped a winter of anti-immigration demonstrations in Germany’s cities and...

    36. December 9, 2014

      Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

      I n 2014, we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of first world war and the 25th anniversary of the fall of...

    37. December 7, 2014

      Merkel accuses Putin of ‘creating problems’

      German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a sweeping criticism of President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, warning...

    38. December 7, 2014

      Political upstart challenges Germany’s greying leaders

      Jens Spahn is known in Germany as a young politician in a hurry. This week he plans to use the annual party conference of...

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