Germany Archive

  • After the German elections

    The Federal Union committee discussed the prospects for reform of the eurozone institutions and policies now that the German elections have taken place.  Much useful discussion was suspended pending the voting: that has now happened and Mrs Merkel will continue as chancellor. With whom, is […]

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  • Now that the Germans have had their election, can we now please fix the euro?

    It has been a persistent theme of politics in Europe over the last few years: wait until after the German elections.  Want to renegotiate the terms of the Greek bailout?  Make further moves towards a fiscal union?  Even, as the joke goes, the small boy […]

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  • Democracy and prosperity in the German elections

    A shocking article by Wolfgang Schäuble in the Financial Times claims that “Europe is being fixed”.  (Read it here.)  Germany’s finance minister claims that the European economy is on the mend, with “a well-calibrated mix of incentives and solidarity to cushion the pain”. He points […]

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  • Whatever it takes?

    Germany, we were told, would do whatever it takes to save the euro.  Such a clear, unequivocal commitment should serve to reassure the markets and convince the public that the European Union would be put back on the right road. However, such a commitment cannot […]

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  • Is Germany doing enough to save the euro?

    Debate at King’s College London, on 12 December 2011, on the subject of “Germany has not taken enough proactive steps to solve the eurozone crisis, despite being at the top table of European politics and its economic standing.”  Richard Laming was asked to speak against […]

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  • Radoslaw Sikorski: I fear Germany’s power less than her inactivity

    The break up of the eurozone would be a crisis of apocalyptic proportions, going beyond our financial system. Once the logic of “each man for himself” takes hold, can we really trust everyone to act in a communitarian way and resist the temptation to settle […]

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  • A German decision that sets back Europe

    News reaches me of a rather strange decision by the German constitutional court regarding the elections to the European Parliament. The ruling is forcing a change in the way in which Germany elects its MEPs. The decision is strange not because it is inconsistent with […]

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  • The wind of change

    Twenty years on from the collapse of communism in eastern Europe, some of the stories of the time are now coming out. The British Foreign Office has published some papers that were written at the time of the reunification of Germany, and they throw an […]

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  • Roman Herzog and Lüder Gerken: is Germany a parliamentary democracy? (14/01/07)

    “And so the question arises whether Germany can still be referred to unconditionally as a parliamentary democracy at all, because the separation of powers as a fundamental constituting principle of the constitutional order in Germany has been cancelled out for large sections of the legislation […]

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  • Financial Times: EU citizens want referendum on treaty

    By George Parker in Brussels Published: June 17 2007 18:32 | Last updated: June 17 2007 18:32 Plans by Europe’s leaders to push a reworked European Union constitution on to the statute book without further referendums are strongly opposed by European citizens, according to an […]

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