Germany

The true story of Germany’s Covid-19 response
A woman cycles past the Reichstag in Berlin wearing a face mask in March 2020
Why we’re talking about . . .

The true story of Germany’s Covid-19 response

Once lauded for its rapid response, Berlin’s excess death rate is now higher than many of its neighbours
10 May 2022
Gerhard Schröder: the ex-German chancellor turned Putin’s man
Gerhard Schröder addresses journalists in 2020
Profile

Gerhard Schröder: the ex-German chancellor turned Putin’s man

Former leader refuses to quit roles with Russian energy companies
26 Apr 2022
Who is Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brückner?
A mugshot of Christian Brückner
Profile

Who is Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brückner?

Currently serving a jail sentence for rape, the German has been linked to a string of child abductions
22 Apr 2022
Where does Germany now stand on Ukraine war?
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
In Depth

Where does Germany now stand on Ukraine war?

Berlin again isolated as West sends heavy arms to defend Donbas
20 Apr 2022
In hock to Moscow: exploring Germany’s woeful energy policy
Habeck and Scholz
In Brief

In hock to Moscow: exploring Germany’s woeful energy policy

Don’t expect Berlin to wean itself off Russian gas any time soon
8 Apr 2022
Far-right spying, sport sanctions and petrol poison
A 2017 Alternative for Germany conference in Hanover
Podcasts

Far-right spying, sport sanctions and petrol poison

Why is Germany spying on an elected political party? Is football waking up to sportwashing? And has lead made us all less intelligent?
11 Mar 2022
What happens if Russia turns off gas supplies to Europe?
An employee of Russian energy giant Gazprom
Today’s big question

What happens if Russia turns off gas supplies to Europe?

Deputy PM Alexander Novak stokes fears of ‘energy war’ following US threat to ban Russian oil
8 Mar 2022

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Is Scholz’s ‘quiet’ diplomacy stemming Russia tensions?
Olaf Scholz during a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Moscow
Between the lines

Is Scholz’s ‘quiet’ diplomacy stemming Russia tensions?

As Nato leaders warn of impending invasion, the German chancellor has maintained his ‘poker face’
16 Feb 2022
Is the EU out of step with voters on Russia?
Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev
Between the lines

Is the EU out of step with voters on Russia?

Poll suggests Europeans want the bloc and Nato to fight alongside Kiev in confrontation with Moscow
9 Feb 2022
Why Germany is under attack over Russia-Ukraine stand-off
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during an EU call on Russia-Ukraine tensions
In Depth

Why Germany is under attack over Russia-Ukraine stand-off

Mayor of Kiev accuses Berlin of ‘betrayal’ for refusing to back arms exports
27 Jan 2022
The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?
Members of new German coalition
In Brief

The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?

New government expected to be sworn in next week, signalling end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule
2 Dec 2021
Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?
Olaf Scholz
In Depth

Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?

Social Democrat positioned himself as the outgoing chancellor’s ‘natural heir’
26 Nov 2021
Will Europe’s fourth wave of Covid hit the UK?
Covid testing centre, Berlin
Today’s big question

Will Europe’s fourth wave of Covid hit the UK?

Restrictions have returned in several European countries as high infection rate sweeps the continent
22 Nov 2021
Is Germany’s fourth wave of Covid-19 a warning of things to come?
Anti-lockdown protesters in Berlin last year
In Depth

Is Germany’s fourth wave of Covid-19 a warning of things to come?

Angela Merkel urges faster jab rollout as incidence rate passes 300 for first time
15 Nov 2021
How did World War One end?
World War One, First World War, Armistice
In Depth

How did World War One end?

Duchess of Cornwall marks Armistice Day at Westminster Abbey
11 Nov 2021
Why Europe is bracing for 500,000 more Covid deaths this winter
Covid patient in Romania
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Europe is bracing for 500,000 more Covid deaths this winter

WHO boss calls for urgent action as Germany announces record infections and Romania runs out of coffins
5 Nov 2021
The battle to keep China off European university campuses
A student walks through Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
In Depth

The battle to keep China off European university campuses

Chinese institutes come under scrutiny as German publisher claims Xi Jinping is ‘sacrosanct and beyond discussion’
1 Nov 2021
German minister ridiculed over ‘Willygate’ dispute
Andy Grote
Stranger than fiction

German minister ridiculed over ‘Willygate’ dispute

Social Democrat Andy Grote’s complaint about offensive tweet triggered police raid
29 Oct 2021
Why Belarus has ‘unleashed a wave’ of migrants on the EU
A Polish border guard stands watch over a group of migrants
In Depth

Why Belarus has ‘unleashed a wave’ of migrants on the EU

Germany and Poland boost border patrols as Minsk hits back at sanctions
22 Oct 2021
What causes Havana Syndrome?
Cases were first reported at the US embassy in Cuba
Fact file

What causes Havana Syndrome?

Officials investigate outbreak of cases at US embassy in Colombia
14 Oct 2021
‘A more balanced lifestyle for GPs leaves patients waiting longer for a diagnosis’
A GP holds a stethoscope
Instant Opinion

‘A more balanced lifestyle for GPs leaves patients waiting longer for a diagnosis’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
12 Oct 2021
Germany after Merkel: the long negotiations begin
Olaf Scholz
In Brief

Germany after Merkel: the long negotiations begin

It could be a protracted wait to find out what form Germany’s next government will take
8 Oct 2021
Angela Merkel’s long goodbye
Angela Merkel waving
In Brief

Angela Merkel’s long goodbye

German chancellor is leaving with ‘sky-high approval ratings’ - but does she deserve them?
1 Oct 2021
‘Welcome to the Labour conference where comradeship is scarcer than BP unleaded’
Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner
Instant Opinion

‘Welcome to the Labour conference where comradeship is scarcer than BP unleaded’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
27 Sep 2021
‘Let the poker game begin’: who will lead Germany?
Olaf Scholz
Today’s big question

‘Let the poker game begin’: who will lead Germany?

Social Democrats claim narrow election victory over Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union
27 Sep 2021
What next for Angela Merkel?
Angela Merkel
In Depth

What next for Angela Merkel?

The second-longest serving chancellor in German history will remain in post until new government is formed
22 Sep 2021
What Merkel’s departure means for the EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
In Depth

What Merkel’s departure means for the EU

Survey suggests Europeans want German chancellor’s replacement to ditch consensus-building approach
15 Sep 2021
Could Germany’s Social Democrats win?
SPD leader Olaf Scholz with CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel
In Depth

Could Germany’s Social Democrats win?

Surge in support for centre-left party could make Olaf Scholz chancellor
25 Aug 2021
‘Boris Johnson will be quite happy to ride out the storm over Dominic Raab’
Dominic Raab
Instant Opinion

‘Boris Johnson will be quite happy to ride out the storm over Dominic Raab’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
19 Aug 2021
100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial
Visitors at the entrance of Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp
In Depth

100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial

Centenarian up in court on ‘thousands of counts of being an accessory to murder’
3 Aug 2021
Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?
A destroyed railway bridge
In Brief

Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?

Nearly 200 people died in Germany and Belgium; hundreds are still unaccounted for
23 Jul 2021
Germany strikes US deal on controversial Russia pipeline
Angela Merkel and Joe Biden at the White House
Behind the scenes

Germany strikes US deal on controversial Russia pipeline

Joe Biden accused of ‘total surrender to Putin’ over controversial gas pipeline
22 Jul 2021
Frontrunner to replace Merkel criticised over flood ‘sniggering’
Armin Laschet speaks to reporters during a visit to Erftstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia
In Brief

Frontrunner to replace Merkel criticised over flood ‘sniggering’

Catastrophic extreme weather may hand boost to rival Green Party campaign
19 Jul 2021
Why Namibians have rejected ‘insulting’ €1bn German aid offer
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass announces the deal with the Namibian government
In Depth

Why Namibians have rejected ‘insulting’ €1bn German aid offer

Ethnic leaders are demanding €440bn in reparations for killing of up to 75,000 people
4 Jun 2021
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