Farewell What I learned about journalism while running Handelsblatt Today
Now that it’s curtains, our editor-in-chief offers a few thoughts on journalism. But above all, he wants to say Thank You.
Daily Briefing Germany's Taliban peace conference
How to leave Afghanistan; German terminals for US gas; buzzing Bavarian bees; and Verdi making Berlin hell. Our daily briefing for February 13, 2019.
Daily Briefing You’ve got no mail; but Deutsche Post wants to charge you more for it
Put a stamp on it; The CDU’s refugee trauma; The Munich Security Conference; Longgermanwordoftheday. Our Daily Briefing for February 12, 2019.
Daily Briefing Germany’s SPD got stuck in the Kübler-Ross grief cycle
Social Democrats at a loss; Christian Democrats with a tin ear; Herr Dr., Frau Dr.; when Handelsblatt Today closes. Our Daily Briefing for February 11, 2019.
Daily Briefing Ludwig Erhard is turning in his grave
Altmaier goes dirigiste; Vestager nixes Alstom-Siemens anyway; deciding about Huawei; Handelsblatt Today to shut down (sniff). Our Daily Briefing for February 6, 2019.
Daily Briefing German payments firm Wirecard says there’s no story, and no event
And anyway, it would have been in Singapore; fears about Germany’s “black zero;” Italy blocks the EU over Guaido; scandal at the North Pole. Here's our Daily Briefing for February 5, 2019.
Daily Briefing The nuclear treaty is dead, long live the nuclear treaty
Bye-bye INF, hello something else; Merkel does Japan; the SPD keeps self-destructing; Maduro gives EU the finger. Here’s our Daily Briefing for February 4, 2019.
Climate Change As Germany celebrates its “coal phase-out,” another week to despair about global heating
Homo sapiens is facing an existential threat to its planet, but keeps acting as nations, tribes and lobbies. As a species, we are failing.
Daily Briefing Why Germany’s autobahns are not death traps
The liberal case against a speed limit; Germany keeps trying with Iran; a Danish-German Wall. Our Daily Briefing for January 29, 2019.
Daily Briefing Is Germany phasing out coal, or merely outsourcing it?
Trying to quit lignite; an EU ultimatum to Venezuela; which way for Huawei? Our Daily Briefing for January 28, 2019.
Chinese espionage Worries about Huawei, as Germany launches its 5G spectrum auction
Western countries increasingly see the telecom giant Huawei as the spear-tip of Chinese spying. That's a dilemma for Germany, as it starts to build its 5G wireless networks.
Daily Briefing The politics of Merkron’s cuddling
Amour in Aix; Germany must defend Canada against China; and the joy of Länderfinanzausgleich. Here's our Daily Briefing for Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Daily Briefing Davos Man is keeping a low profile this year
But Merkel is still Davos Woman; channeling Charlemagne in Aachen; Seehofer yields to Söder; and a speed limit on the Autobahn? Here's our Daily Briefing for January 21, 2019.
Order, order! The EU-27 must make a magnanimous gesture, and Brits must vote again
In the unfolding tragedy of Brexit, there are no good options left. That’s why the continentals should help the Brits to choose the least bad.
Daily Briefing In Germany, no recession, but no excitement either
Growth of only 1.5 percent; Gdansk's mayor dies after stabbing; more Germans trust Merkel; too much snow in the Alps. Our Daily Briefing for January 15, 2019.
Daily Briefing Dexit not now, but later: The AfD “moderates” its program
Look who’s calling the EU “latently totalitarian”; a stabbing in Gdansk; Richard Grenell, Trump’s German bully. Our Daily Briefing for January 14, 2019.
Social media To Habeck or to Lindner, to be or not to be on Twitter?
Pandora opened her box, and out flew Twitter, Facebook and the rest. Or perhaps not? The final verdict on whether social media are good or bad for political discourse is both more prosaic and profound.
Daily Briefing Robert Habeck quits Facebook and Twitter (and shouldn’t we all?)
Bye-bye social media; expropriation in Berlin; we are all AfD today; and Merkel does Macedonia. Our Daily Briefing for January 8, 2019.
Daily briefing America goes after the German-Russian pipeline in the Baltic
Nord Stream 2 in trouble; hackers leak celebrity data; and the AfD wants Dexit; our Daily Briefing for Jan. 7, 2019.
INF Treaty Germany should broker new talks about nuclear disarmament
The world is in danger of a nuclear conflagration one day. But it is unhelpful for Germans to pin the blame for that on Donald Trump. They should do something else instead.
Daily briefing Germany 'slides' into 2019, and into the UN Security Council
Fireworks, hate crimes and cash. Our Daily Briefing for January 2, 2019.
Daily Briefing Olaf Scholz is about to boast about another budget surplus
Look who's €10 billion in the black, and look what Germany's got stashed abroad. Plus, is there an NSU 2.0? Our Daily Briefing for December 18, 2018.
Daily Briefing Greta Thunberg reads the world’s adults the riot act
A 15-year-old girl reminds VIPs what climate change means; are yellow jackets coming to Germany?; tougher rules for foreigners buying German firms; the insanity of Nord Stream 2. Our Daily Briefing for December 17, 2018.
The EU-28 Explaining the European Union in one line per country
To understand the EU’s frustrations today, it helps to go back to each member state’s reasons for joining in the first place.
Daily Briefing How Germans view the travails of May and Macron
Germans roll their eyes at Britain... and stare agape at France; what to do about Merz?; Germany and Jews. Our Daily Briefing for December 11, 2018.
Daily Briefing Hey, Christian Democrats: Don’t worry, be happy
Half of the CDU is sore losers; Merkel does Marrakesh; when the trains don't run on time. Our Daily Briefing for December 10, 2018.
The CDU succession The pros and cons of Merz and AKK
Whom should the CDU anoint: Friedrich Merz or Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer? Our editor-in-chief takes stock of the two likeliest heirs to Angela Merkel.
Daily Briefing Attenborough warns of “the collapse of our civilizations”
When Sir David says it, you believe it. Euro zone ministers muddle through. Summits shmummits. Our Daily Briefing for December 4, 2018.
Daily Briefing George H.W. Bush, hero of German reunification
Missing POTUS 41; Car bosses kowtow to POTUS 45; Germany worries about Macron; Friedrich Merz loses the plot; Three cheers for federalism. Our Daily Briefing for December 3, 2018.
German foreign policy How not to talk to Putin
Adrift between America and Russia, German foreign policy is effete at best, hypocritical at worst. A good first step would be to admit that honestly.
Daily briefing Merkel calls Putin and Poroshenko, yet again
Trouble in the Kerch Strait; how they hate that 5G auction; Chinese fire Kuka boss; our Brave New World of science. Our Daily Briefing for November 27, 2018.
Daily Briefing Whoever Brexit, owns it (the new Pottery Barn rule)
Merkel calls the UK’s exit “tragic;” Germans cranky about 4G and 5G too; AKK, Merz and Spahn on foreign policy; Yanis Varoufakis, the German. Our Daily Briefing for November 26, 2018.
Euro-zone reform The euro must be fixed or dropped
The itsy bitsy teenie weenie reform of the euro zone that France and Germany appear to be have agreed on is a sham. There are only two honest alternatives.
daily briefing Fahrvergnügen in the White House
Trump summons German car bosses; Merkel suddenly shows spunk; her wannabe successors square off on migration; and Turkey (the other one). Here's our Daily Briefing for November 22, 2018.
Daily Briefing The crisis of multilateralism, in two more exhibits
Deutsche Bank hits a new bottom; mixed messages on Saudi Arabia; the UN migration pact in trouble; and Interpol’s new boss . Here's our Daily Briefing for November 21, 2018.
Anti-Semitism Why we must defend George Soros
A vile tradition of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories runs from the Dreyfus affair through today’s slanders against George Soros.
Daily briefing Spahn goes after AKK and Merz, and everybody wins
Germany’s 3Q dip; Brexit, why are we celebrating?; Spahn reminds AKK that he’s gay. Here's our Daily Briefing for November 15, 2018.
Daily Briefing Of patriots and nationalists
Mercron’s subtle nudge to Trump; Seehofer prepares for retirement; Germany’s supreme court; and more construction snafus in Berlin. Here’s our Daily Briefing for November 12, 2018.
Word War I Neo-Nationalism 100 years after Compiègne
As Emmanuel Macron prepares to host Angela Merkel and other leaders to commemorate the end of World War I, our editor-in-chief ponders its lessons, and how they are being heeded by some, scorned by others.
Daily Briefing AKK promises continuity and a fresh start. Huh?
Germany’s annual economics ritual; Kramp-Karrenbauer’s Zen koan; and Manfred Weber wants you to know who he is. Here’s our Daily Briefing for November 8, 2018.
Daily Briefing Germany, France and Europe, 100 years after World War I
Presidents Steinmeier and Macron in Strasbourg; spy-chief gets fired after all; the SPD at 13 percent; and Germany does nothing for Iran. Our Daily Briefing for November 5, 2018.
Being a Mensch A few more words about Angela Merkel
Much has been said this week, good and bad, about Angela Merkel, after she announced that she won’t run for re-election. Our editor-in-chief would like to add just a few heartfelt observations.
Daily briefing The dignity and cleverness of Angela Merkel
Angie prepares a graceful exit... unless a vengeful Friedrich Merz spoils it. Here’s our Daily Briefing for October 30, 2018.
Daily Briefing End game for Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel steps down as leader of her Christian Democratic Union. And German business prepares for the upcoming 5G spectrum auction. Our daily briefing for October 29, 2018.
Hesse Votes Waiting for Germany is like waiting for Godot
The Hessian election will clarify Angela Merkel’s fate, we are told. It will clarify nothing. And for a while longer, that won’t even matter.
Daily briefing Ursula von der Leyen’s German lessons for China
Germans navigating between China, Russia and America; Praxair and Linde gas it up; and Berlin’s Sawsan Chebli takes on the “haters”. Our Daily Briefing for October 23, 2018.
Daily Briefing The sound of not criticizing Italy
Nail-biting over Rome’s budget; dealing with Saudi Arabia; and scared by Trump’s missile pull-out. Our Daily Briefing for October 22.
lies and power Truth in a time of bullies and proto-fascists
Across the world, strongmen and conspiracy theorists are ostentatiously thumbing their noses at truth. This is a threat to democracies.
Daily Briefing Fat chance of a euro-zone unemployment insurance fund
Peter Altmaier nixes Olaf Scholz’s idea for euro-zone reform; Siemens may lose a huge contract to GE; and German spies foil an attack by the Islamic State. Our Daily Briefing for October 18.
Daily Briefing Horst Seehofer must go
Bavaria blasts Berlin; it’s so easy being Green; Merkel on the brink; and Berlin is #unteilbar. Our Daily Briefing for October 15.