Gnawing at Europe’s Principles

The sovereignty of Spain, Europe's fifth-biggest economy, is too important to be jeopardized by a squabble over cash allocations to Catalonia. It's time for talks, says former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

Internet Giants

Fake News: The US Trade Deficit

President Donald Trump's trade balance accusation ignores the digital sector, writes Friedbert Pflüger.

European Army

An Ever Closer Military Union

Faced with terror and an "America first" president in Washington, the European Union is building up its own battle forces and establishing a unified arms policy, writes Germany's Defense Minister.

EU integration

Apathetic? Europe Isn’t Sure

The problems in Catalonia and Europe's slow-but-sure economic recovery highlight the increasing indifference of EU states and citizens over "ever-closer union."

Labor relations

Flexible German Unions Bend the Phillips Curve

This week’s move by Germany’s largest trade union to demand better work hours instead of higher wages is part of a much bigger trend that shakes up economic assumptions and European monetary policy, argues Dutch bank ING's chief economist for Germany.

New Government

An Economist’s 10 Ideas for Reform

Germany needs to give more money to kids and less to central banks; and it should let struggling countries exit the euro, says economist Hans-Werner Sinn.

Bracing Crisis

Spain’s Nightmare is Europe’s Opportunity

Can Europe pull itself out of passivity and create a new dynamic as Catalonia weighs breaking away, wonders Greece’s former finance minister.

May Government

Delaying Brexit Would Be Bad, OK?

Prime Minister May has suggested a two-year extension on Brexit. It could harm Germany, and Europe.

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The Chimera of Franco-German Reform

After the German election, what will come of hopes for changing the euro zone, asks a former Bundesbank chief.

Civic Identity

Germany, Don’t Lose Your Cool

National politics can easily get caught in cycles of cosmopolitanism and nationalism, writes our guest author. Just look at Germany and Britain.

New Coalition

Europe’s Future after Germany’s Election

Despite the arrival of an anti-EU party in the German parliament, the new Bundestag and government could end political stagnation not just in Germany, but at the European level, too.

Fragmented Bundestag

A Test for Europe’s German Anchor

The parliament that emerged from the German election might weaken Angela Merkel’s capacity to provide the kind of leadership Europe needs, writes a German foreign policy expert.

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Reunification Day

Redefining Patriotism

We cannot allow the far right to take ownership of patriotism. Instead, Germany needs to finally figure out what Germanness means in an age of globalization.

Canadian Influence

An Escape Hatch From Trumpism

As a signatory to both the NAFTA and CETA trade deals, Canada is well positioned to function as a gateway for trans-Atlantic trade and investment, write two leading consultants.

Post Election

Europe’s Battle on Four Fronts  

No more excuses: Germany should turn its attention to Europe now that the election is over.

Post-election options

A Grave New World

While a Merkel-led Jamaica coalition government is far from ideal, the alternatives would spell political chaos in Germany and Europe.

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The Global Backlash Against Cosmopolitanism

The main fault line in Western politics runs not between left and right but between cosmopolitan and nativist, open and closed, globalist and nationalist. And now that’s true even in Germany.


No Such Thing as ‘Bad’ Natural Gas

The Nordstream 2 pipeline makes economic sense for the EU and should not be used as a political weapon against its Russian owners, argues Handelsblatt's energy correspondent.

Governing Anew

The Many Kinds of Growth

The freshly elected government needs to do more to expand Germany's social capital, writes the Handelsblatt's chief economist.

election results

No ‘Tectonic Quake’ is Rocking Germany

Don’t buy the conventional wisdom just yet. One of Germany’s preeminent pollsters dives deeper into the numbers and discovers what September 24 was really about.

Repeating History

Germany’s Weimar Ghosts

The election shows unsettling parallels with the Weimar Republic, Germany’s pre-war democratic regime. A stable Europe is the answer to avoid past mistakes, writes a Princeton historian.

Election Results

A Bitter Win for Democracy

Germany’s parliamentary vote marks a historical turning point. Not just the populist AfD but Angela Merkel’s most likely coalition partners will push the chancellor way out of her comfort zone, writes a leading economist.

Problem Zones

Germany’s Economic To-Do List

The new government must focus on five policy challenges spanning climate change through to an aging society, writes a German economist.

AfD Voters

Revolt in the Voting Booth

Many disgruntled Germans chose the AfD mainly as a protest vote, despite its xenophobia not because of it, writes Handelsblatt’s Berlin bureau chief.

The election of 2017

A Fourth Term for Merkel in a Very Different Germany

Angela Merkel will stay in office, but the night’s biggest winner is a right-wing populist party, the Alternative for Germany.

Sino-German Relations

The Global Leadership Vacuum

Why Germany and China could fill the power vacuum created by Donald Trump. And why they may not be able to, writes Javier Solana.

Weekly Review

How we think about Germany’s choices on 24 September

About the horse race, everything that can be said has been said. Our editor-in-chief steps back and ponders the options.

European Expansion

Redefining Europe and the Europeans

Ask not what your continent looks like, writes a former Swedish prime minister, but what you want it to look like.

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Euro Zone

Germany’s Hour

The EU rules through its institutions, but the German government rules those institutions. On the eve of Germany’s election, a look at its rise to unwitting power.

German democracy

The Non-Voters’ Dilemma

With party politics showing clear signs of fatigue, it would be understandable if many citizens chose not to vote on Sunday. Yet German democracy can only be re-energized if they do.

German Election

Not Another Grand Coalition

A third grand coalition under Angela Merkel would cover up too many problems, writes Handelsblatt’s Berlin bureau chief.

Franco-German Relations

Concerns Over a Lethargic Friend

France fears political stagnation in Germany could harm its own transformation, writes Handelsblatt's Paris correspondent.

German-Turkish Relations

Burn Bridges at Your Own Risk

The Turkish president sacrificed his relationship with Berlin to consolidate his power. After the German election, he’ll realize that Turkey needs Germany more than the other way round.