The German Chancellor’s delayed arrival at the G-20 Summit is a telling tale of more widespread dysfunction in Germany’s public sector.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is widely seen as being close to Merkel. She seems to benefit from a little “Merkel nostalgia.”
How is the race to succeed Angela Merkel at the helm of the CDU, Germany’s largest party, shaping up?
Denying the root causes for the increased frustration of the public with existing policies is not going to regain trust. “Populism” will continue to gain support.
Establishing a European Unemployment Reinsurance Fund carries the risk that it might be used to circumvent unpopular national-level decisions on structural reforms.
The centre-right CSU and the centre-left SPD lost the state election in Bavaria. This spells some trouble for Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU-SPD coalition in Berlin.
In reality, German government debt levels have been going up during Merkel’s 12-year reign – and this despite a booming economy.
How the Merkel government is risking Germany’s future by underinvestment and other ill-applied policy approaches.
There are signs of the beginning of a reset in German relations with Russia. But serious impediments to a pragmatic relationship remain.