The Next Merkel? Not Quite
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.
It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany
As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.
10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2018
From Angela Merkel to America’s civil servants, a list of some bright spots in the world’s darkening sky.
The Economic Crisis Is Over. Populism Is Forever.
From the United States to Germany, the West is booming—but the public hasn’t regained an appetite for liberalism.
Angela Merkel Failed
The German chancellor survived by avoiding politics whenever possible—and history won't judge her kindly for it.
Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg
The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.
Merkel Is Wobbling. Europe’s Future Rests on Her Successors.
The German chancellor’s party woes should worry the EU.
Trump Is Right About Germany’s Low-Energy Military
Berlin needs to spend more on defense, but the U.S. president's public demands are making it politically impossible.
How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?
Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.
RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018
The partnership with America had a long and fruitful life — but Europe is ready to start over.
Europe Has No Clue How to Handle an American Bully
Germany, France, and the U.K. all tried sucking up to Trump. They ended up helping kill the Iran deal.
The Unbearable Complacency of Angela Merkel
Germany's economy is far more vulnerable than it seems, but its government is completely uninterested in doing anything about it.
Merkel to Press Trump on Russia Sanctions
Merkel and Macron are focused on European business when pushing back on Russia sanctions. Their concern for the Iran deal is different.
Merkel’s Military Revival
Germany is poised to become Europe’s first line of defense, but facing down a revanchist Russia will require more spending and better coordination among NATO allies.
Europe Forgot What ‘Conservative’ Means
If the center-right doesn't reclaim its mission, it will soon be swallowed by populism.
Germany’s Post-Merkel Power Fraus
The German chancellor's most likely successors are both women — but the similarities end there.
Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics
Social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.
Edgar on Strategy (Part XI): Strategy, or slip-up? The Willkommen that was heard round the world
It was the invitation heard around the world. And maybe that’s the problem.
Meet the Post-Merkel Generation
A brief survey of the German conservatives already jockeying to replace their matriarch.
Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos
It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.