Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel awarded Germany’s top order of merit despite criticism of legacy
Former leader to be only third chancellor to be given Großkreuz, as her energy policy in particular comes under sharp scrutiny

Kate Connolly in Berlin

17, Apr, 2023 @6:10 PM

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‘I’m all for climate change’: Axel Springer CEO faces heat over leaked messages
Mathias Döpfner’s reported comments on climate, Muslims and east Germany – and his apparent political manoeuvring – create shock waves

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

13, Apr, 2023 @2:39 PM

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For years, Putin didn’t invade Ukraine. What made him finally snap in 2022? | Anatol Lieven
This war is Russia’s fault. But European nations rebuffing Russia during the noughties did not help, says Anatol Lieven of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Anatol Lieven

24, Feb, 2023 @3:43 PM

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Angela Merkel says she lost influence over Putin as a lame duck leader
Germany’s former chancellor defends her actions amid barrage of accusations since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Kate Connolly in Berlin

25, Nov, 2022 @6:58 PM

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Ireland’s Call: Navigating Brexit by Stephen Collins review – how Dublin got Brussels on side
Though a forensic study of the Brexit negotiations from an Irish perspective might sound dry, it is anything but

Rory Carroll

02, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Dancing in the limelight: when world leaders take to the dancefloor
Sanna Marin follows in a long line of politicians filmed dancing, some more enthusiastically than others

Jon Henley

19, Aug, 2022 @1:11 PM

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No regrets over handling of Vladimir Putin, says Angela Merkel
Former German chancellor claims her opposition to Ukraine’s Nato membership helped country

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

07, Jun, 2022 @9:54 PM

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‘We were all wrong’: how Germany got hooked on Russian energy
The long read: Germany has been forced to admit it was a terrible mistake to become so dependent on Russian oil and gas. So why did it happen?

Patrick Wintour

02, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Chat group leak reveals far-right fantasies of Germany’s AfD
Among tens of thousands of posts is talk of jailing Angela Merkel, calls for armed resistance, and homophobia

Kate Connolly in Berlin

20, May, 2022 @12:59 PM

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The Observer view on the French presidential election | Observer editorial
A Marine Le Pen victory would be disastrous for France and the whole of Europe

Observer editorial

17, Apr, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Germany must shake off its torpor and play its full role against Putin | Simon Tisdall
Only the boldest leadership can unite the EU against the delusional tyrant in Moscow. The German chancellor has the chance to provide it

Simon Tisdall

10, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Germany agonises over Merkel’s legacy: did she hand too much power to Putin?
The war in Ukraine has prompted criticism of former chancellor’s decisions on Nord Stream pipeline and Russia

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

05, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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