China Is Merkel’s Biggest Failure in Office
The German chancellor has put future deals over moral values, but she’s not alone.
It’s a New Europe—if You Can Keep It
The continent has managed to take a great leap forward—but there still might be a crash landing.
The Coronavirus Is Reducing Merkel’s EU Legacy to Ashes
Preventing a total European meltdown will require the German chancellor to fully abandon her cherished vision for the continent.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Tells a Tale of 3 Leaders
Over 24 hours, Trump, Macron, and Merkel each addressed their nations—and revealed their very different understandings of the world.
You May Miss Merkel More Than You Think
The lame-duck German chancellor has become a problem for the world. The frontrunner to take over will probably be even worse.
Germany Chooses China Over the West
Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.
Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.
Christine Lagarde Won, but This Isn’t a Game
Europe is celebrating new leadership, but its central bank will have to confront problems that have no easy answers.
Could NATO Be the Downfall of Angela Merkel’s Government?
A fight over defense spending could soon split Germany’s ruling coalition.
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.