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November 11, 2018, 5:23 pm, 1919598

One obvious question, now the CDU succession is open, is whether an already creaky coalition government can go on with both constituent parties suffering in the polls. Gerhard Schröder has already suggested that Merkel should call a vote of confidence in herself, while many SPD voices (notably its deputy leader ...


November 11, 2018, 5:23 pm, 1919597

One obvious question, now the CDU succession is open, is whether an already creaky coalition government can go on with both constituent parties suffering in the polls. Gerhard Schröder has already suggested that Merkel should call a vote of confidence in herself, while many SPD voices (notably its deputy leader ...


November 10, 2018, 6:34 pm, 1919264

We repeatedly warned you about believing people who said Merkel was finished, but on the 30th of September, it was time to sound the alarm:

However, the interesting bit is precisely that the challenge came from the perfectly normal, EU-and-NATO Christian Democrats of northern and western Germany, Angela Merkel’s bedrock ...


October 15, 2018, 6:34 pm, 1907716

Here’s some more interesting Bavarian elections data. What if we looked at this the other way up?

Essentially unchanged for 72 years. pic.twitter.com/nI6H6K9zgc

— Anton Jägare (@JagareAnton) October 14, 2018

The parties of the Left, broadly defined, have been on about 30% in ...


October 15, 2018, 5:43 pm, 1907710

Bavarian elections! The short news is that the CSU hit that concrete abutment, but maybe only going 90 rather than 120 kilometres an hour. The Greens won big. The AfD got in, but underperformed their result at the general election. The SPD did badly even in a state where they ...


October 6, 2018, 1:03 pm, 1905490

I have decided to up our coverage of Germany. I was talking in the previous post about the potential for a Green breakthrough in this month’s state elections, and I mentioned that the conditions for this seem to be everywhere but the former East Germany. In fact, although east-west tension ...


October 6, 2018, 12:34 pm, 1905487

The CSU’s horrible autumn goes on. The party is now down to 33% in the polls, and its leaders are deep into the blame game. Bavarian minister-president Markus Söder is blaming “Berlin”, when he is not pretending to be Buzz Lightyear, and when he says it he means ...


September 30, 2018, 7:23 am, 1903677

There is a habit in English-speaking media of trying to force all political developments in Germany into the frame of whether this is the long promised end of Angela Merkel and the rise of the populists, or not. As with anything Merkel, “not” is the way to bet. This week’s ...


September 9, 2018, 7:03 pm, 1897850

So we did a blog and people got shouty at the idea that Trump might try to bill the world’s GPS users.

Now it is his literal policy to shut down the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s time reference broadcast.


September 9, 2018, 1:23 pm, 1897821

A repeated message in current architectural writing is to warn against ‘means-end thinking’, or ‘instrumental thinking’. For example, we might decide that we want to live in a home that has a constant temperature of 22 degrees centigrade, or that ‘has a view to the south-east’, and with these ends ...