Europe’s political cycles

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel maps her departure, Britain’s Phillip Hammond presents a Brexit Budget and in the Balkans, Kosovo and Serbia seek a border deal that could help their EU plans. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

Her caution gave birth to the German verb ‘merkeln’, meaning ‘to hold off on a decision’

Angela Merkel’s diminishing power will test Berlin’s steady hand

Was the chancellor fiscally reckless to toss largesse to likely problem Brexiters?

In hinting at horrors of a no-deal Brexit, chancellor was speaking as much to colleagues as the country

The chancellor’s Christian Democrats and coalition partners are on the wane 

Voters and business leaders betray a similar ambivalence about an uncertain future

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Proposed Kosovo-Serbia agreement has risks but could bring benefits

Gideon Rachman discusses the end of the Merkel era

Outside the EU, Britain’s prosperity depends on global opportunities and fiscal restraint

In this game of chicken, the EU may wrongly expect the UK to swerve on Irish backstop

Brussels’ support for Dublin’s plans to avoid a hard border is the result of two years of painstaking diplomacy

Athens’ painful struggle with the EU has lessons for the Brexit tangle

There is political consensus to loosen the purse strings. But can Britain afford it?

Letter from Dr Alan Hearne, Woodstock, Oxon, UK

Letter from Robert Forrest, Munich, Germany — The most read letter of the last week

Letter from Andrew Seton, Oxford, UK