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  • Regional Elections in Germany

    You don’t say. What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China? Dramatic headlines like “Germany votes in crucial state poll test for Angela Merkel”, “Will Germany’s regional elections be the beginning of the end” and ”State elections in Germany, Merkel’s doomsday is approaching” hadn’t failed to create some national and even…

  • Strasbourg Diary #3 – 2016: Time For Action

    Anyone that lives and breathes the Brussels bubble will be all too familiar with the enduring phrase, “2016: the EU year of delivery.” It’s the year we’ve all been waiting for. The year of legislative action with proposals expected on heavyweight topics e.g. review of the Telecoms regulation and the EU gas package. 2015 ended…

  • Merkel and Hollande’s Speech in the European Parliament: Together We Stand

    The singularity of Merkel’s and Hollande’s joint speech to the European Parliament (EP) was not that it happened at all, but what has triggered it. Let’s look at the precedents: this was the first time in 25 years the leaders of the two largest European economies addressed the EP together. They didn’t do so during…

  • Halfway for the German Grand Coalition – A Rough ride Ahead for Angela Merkel?

    Halfway through the current black-red grand coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) the peaceful times are pretty much over. Things will definitely get rougher for Angela Merkel (CDU), with her leadership in managing the on-going refugee crisis in question, while the SPD leadership is under ever more pressure to find means out…

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