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Annagret Kramp elected as CDU leader

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

A pro-government and a left-wing pundit speculate whether and how Annagret Kramp-Karrenbauer might restore the unity and popularity of the CDU. READ MORE

Chancellor Merkel resigns from the party leadership

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Pundits right across the political spectrum discuss the broader implications of Angela Merkel’s decision to step down from the leadership of the CDU. READ MORE

Lessons of the Hessen state elections

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

A commentator in the leading pro-government daily thinks that the CDU is unlikely to regain its popularity as long as Chancellor Merkel runs the increasingly centrist party. READ MORE

Left-wing takes on the Bavarian election

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

A left-wing and a liberal commentator believe that the outcome of the Bavarian state election should not be interpreted solely in light of the dispute over migration. READ MORE

Dispute over EU border control plans

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Commenting on the plans to strengthen Frontex, a pro-government columnist agrees with the government’s position that EU member states should keep their sovereignty over border and immigration control. A conservative critic of the government believes that stronger EU border control is not intended to weaken sovereignty. READ MORE

Chancellor Merkel in peril

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

A pro-government and a left-wing columnist both think that Chancel Angela Merkel is in a difficult situation, and unless she overcomes the challengers she faces, she may soon lose power. READ MORE

Conflicting interpretations of the Chemnitz riots

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

A pro-government columnist sees the clashes in eastern Germany as proof of the failure of the open doors immigration policy followed by the German government, while his left-wing colleague thinks Mrs Merkel and her government are the only rampart against right-wing extremism. READ MORE

Calls for EU-Russia rapprochement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pro-government analysts, commenting on President Putin’s visit to Germany and Austria, call on the EU and European governments to cooperate with Russia rather than following US interests in isolating her. READ MORE

Orbán meets Merkel in Berlin

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Commentators agree that the tensions between the two leaders persist but believe that it is in the interests of both to dampen the controversy. READ MORE

EU ponders a linkage between structural funds and asylum-seekers

Monday, February 26th, 2018

As Chancellor Merkel proposes that EU structural funds should be contingent on accepting the redistribution of asylum-seekers, conservative commentators accuse her, as well as the EU, of blackmail. READ MORE