Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.
Less than a year ago Angela Merkel was the unassailable Queen of Europe. In the eyes of the world she had achieved something unique: she was both the fiscal dominatrix that kept Greece at heel and the moral standard bearer of the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since 1945, who shamed other European leaders for being less welcoming than the Germans.
Calling for all Muslims to be banned from the US wasn’t even the most disturbing thing Donald Trump said last night.
2015 is turning out to be a grim and possibly defining year for France, and for Europe.
Like every story that captures the imagination, the audience demands villains, victims and heroes. Let’s just say that the roles are still being cast and the list is fluid.
To put Germany’s mass kindness of strangers down to the war is a way of exonerating other countries for not doing enough.
Berlin had calculated that the Greek people would come to their senses and vote yes. The opposite happened – and Chancellor Merkel must now untangle a Gordian knot of a problem.
Greece may only represent a fraction of Europe’s economy. But in everything else that can’t be easily measured by the IMF or ECB, it represents to much more.
Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But every time there is a school, cinema or restaurant massacre, the sale of guns and ammo increases and the gun control debate gets drowned out.
The fear factor worked. Go to bed with Nigel and you wake up in a love triangle with Ed and Nicola was a prospect that cowed voters into the foetal position of continuity.