Using modern Germany as a stick with which to beat old-fashioned Britain is a grave mistake.
Posts Tagged: Helmut Kohl
Progressive commentators and saloon-bar orators are wrong to condemn MPs for finding the national issue hard to settle.
Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
There is danger now in Germany of a weak, centrist government – with extremists flourishing on both sides
Merkel has appalled her own followers by making sweeping concessions to the Social Democrats.
The EU bureaucracy, with its supranational claims, is a godsend to him. But he is more pragmatic than he looks. He does not want a Hungary without allies.
Conventional German politics is still paralysed because being German is still almost impossibly difficult, and being European is pretty difficult, too.
The German consensus which placed no significant party to the right of the CDU, thus bolstering it as a governing force, is breaking down.
Berlin has a quite different, and far more leisurely, sense of time to London.
A new history just blames the Prussians, the Protestants and the East Germans for everything that has gone wrong in German history.
In yesterday evening’s showdown debate, the politician and the expert were excessively polite to each other.
The first in a series of three articles on European countries and institutions – and their impact on Cameron’s renegotiation.
Germany’s political class finds itself in an impossible position, for it promised German taxpayers they would never have to pay for the Greeks.
Cameron’s inability to read Merkel’s intentions is part of a much wider ignorance of German geography, history, politics, language and manners.
By challenging the German system of consensus politics, Cameron made himself a hero for a day.