Germany

Six decades and two chat-up lines

23 August 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad In this freewheeling Swiss village of the 1950s, the unconventional was the norm and monumental drinking commonplace, but the…

Hitler’s Valkyrie: Unity Mitford at 100

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Unity Mitford at 100

The Spectator at war: ‘Why has it come?’

7 August 2014 8:00 am

From ‘Topics of the Day’, The Spectator, 8 August 1914: ‘How does it happen that within a week Germany and…

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

19 July 2014 9:00 am

‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global…

The Spectator's Notes: Max Clifford's conviction vindicates juries. But so did the acquittals

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal…

Nigel Farage’s diary: Comfort for Cameron, and the wonders of German traffic

5 April 2014 9:00 am

What a week! I was thrilled to have a chance to confront Nick Clegg but my excitement was tempered with…

Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Russia is making the West look posturing, weak and divided

Only Angela Merkel can save David Cameron now

22 February 2014 9:00 am

British politicians still prize a visit from the President of the United States above all others. Yet no American President…

The Seagram Building, Park Avenue, New York

The man who gave the world (but not London) the glass skyscraper

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Modern Architecture, capitalised thus, is now securely and uncontroversially compartmentalised into art history, its bombast muted, its hard-edge revolutions blurred…

Blackout Britain — why our energy crisis is only just beginning

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Politicians, not the Big Six, have jacked up the price of power. And they’re only just getting started

Has Germany confronted its Nazi past? Not where art is concerned

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The discovery of a hoard of lost paintings is a reminder that denial still exists in the German art world

Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Why the UK economy will one day overtake Germany

Merkel will win - because my fellow Germans dare not speak of national self interest

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Germany’s integrationalist elite are prepared to pay out forever to protect the euro

Andrew Marr’s diary: Holidays after a stroke, and what the Germans really think of us

31 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a strange summer. After a stroke, holidays are not what they used to be. We went to Juan-les-Pins…

Germany's war on Barbie

20 July 2013 9:00 am

She’s loathed by topless German neo-feminists. But isn’t it time to cut her some slack?

Isn’t Germany’s attitude towards Romania a little at odds with the EU project?

9 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Can you imagine anything worse,’ a Hungarian once said to me, ‘than a Slav who thinks he’s Latin?’ He was…

Who are the losers now?

24 March 2012 12:00 pm

The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson

Charming, cold-eyed cosmopolitan

10 March 2012 10:00 am

At last a diary as penetrating on Berlin as the Goncourt brothers’ on Paris has been translated into English. The…

Anglo-Saxon divide

25 February 2012 10:45 am

Philip Oltermann has set himself an almost impossibly ambitious task. In 1996, when he was 15 years old, he moved…

What was it like at the time?

30 July 2011 12:00 am

At midday on Thursday, 8 June 1933 — Erik Larson is very keen on his times — the newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a call put through to the history department at the University of Chicago.

Goodbye to Berlin

28 May 2011 12:00 am

Peter Parker is beguiled by a novel approach to the lives of Europe’s intellectual elite in flight from Nazi Germany

A conflict of loyalty

21 May 2011 12:00 am

What was life like in Hitler’s Germany? This question has long fascinated authors and readers alike, as books like Alone in Berlin, The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas and The Book Thief bear witness.

Pastures new

12 March 2011 12:00 am

On 20 September 1949, five days after his election as Chancellor of the newly created German Federal Republic, Konrad Adenauer addressed the Bundestag: ‘Much unhappiness and much damage’, he told the deputies, ‘has been caused by denazification .

Land of poets and thinkers

16 October 2010 12:00 am

The reason Peter Watson gives for writing this long intellectual history of Germany since 1750 is a convincing one: that British obsession with Nazism has blinded many British people to the achievements of German culture.

What we did to them . . .

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The perception of war changes, remarked the poet Robert Graves, when ‘your Aunt Fanny, the firewatcher, is as likely to be killed as a soldier in battle’.