Head of the foreign affairs desk, Handelsblatt
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has condemned the chemical-weapons attack in Syria and called for the Assad regime to be held responsible. But as Washington threatens unilateral action, divisions could emerge between the United States and Germany.
Apr 06, 2017 in
The stakes are too high for Europe not to make its position clear on the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey, argues Handelsblatt's foreign affairs editor.
Apr 04, 2017 in
Dutch prime minister and Liberals leader Mark Rutte prevailed over right-wing politician Geert Wilders thanks to statesmanship, a clear line against Turkish campaigning and by partially adopting Mr. Wilders’ position on immigrants.
Mar 17, 2017 in
Many people doubted he was a good choice for foreign minister. But so far, Sigmar Gabriel has been impressive. His policies are similar to those of his predecessor but his style is different.
Mar 13, 2017 in
In a bid to sooth tensions, Germany's Foreign Minister has come out against imposing punitive measures on Poland for alleged rule of law violations. The olive branch comes as Warsaw and Brussels gear up for a battle over E.U. Council President Donald Tusk.
Mar 09, 2017 in
Chancellor Merkel is traveling to Egypt and then Tunisia this week. As with Turkey, she is willing to make deals with autocratic regimes to help stem the flow of refugees into Europe.
Mar 02, 2017 in
VW continues to enjoy the support of major shareholder Qatar, according to representative Hessa Al Jaber. It is the first time the investor has spoken out since becoming a VW supervisory board member last June.
Feb 27, 2017 in
Companies & Markets
The U.S. has demanded that all NATO members up their defence spending to 2 percent of GDP. But rather than starting a new arms race, it would be better to talk about upper limits for arms and joint security in Europe.
Feb 21, 2017 in
Japan's Foreign Minister says talks between his country and the European Union should be revived as quickly as possible.
Feb 17, 2017 in
Germany is playing host to a meeting of some of the world's most powerful diplomats this week. It will be an opportunity for Rex Tillerson, the new U.S. secretary of state, to get his bearings at a particularly chaotic time for the Trump administration.
Feb 16, 2017 in
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected German president on Sunday. The Social Democrat will likely be very political, focusing on defending Europe and fighting against populism.
Feb 10, 2017 in
The second-largest economy in the Persian Gulf is attracting investors. But corporate engagement with Iran is not without risks, particularly amid the uncertainty over Washington's future intentions.
Dec 01, 2016 in
Companies & Markets
China’s most powerful woman, vice premier Liu Yandong, said Germany should not panic about Chinese investors buying into their industries, and said both countries stood to benefit from closer economic ties.
Nov 25, 2016 in
Latino voters are widely expected to turn out in record numbers in this election - and already have at early voting stations. Donald Trump’s populist, anti-Mexican smear campaign has become a severe handicap for Republicans.
Nov 08, 2016 in
The election could be decided in Florida, a politically divided state. While Cuban exiles are switching sides and voting Democratic in the south, angry white retirees support Trump in northern Florida.