Matt Frei On Europe

Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.

March 7, 2016 4 Comments

Angela Merkel: fiscal dominatrix and moral standard bearer

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.


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December 8, 2015 13 Comments

Trump’s narcissism would be a joke – if it wasn’t so serious

Calling for all Muslims to be banned from the US wasn’t even the most disturbing thing Donald Trump said last night.

November 14, 2015 1 Comment

From #JeSuisCharlie to #JeSuisParis – France’s bloody year

2015 is turning out to be a grim and possibly defining year for France, and for Europe.

September 7, 2015 3 Comments

Refugees: today’s German heroes could become tomorrow’s villains

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.

September 6, 2015 9 Comments

Germany’s kindness isn’t about guilt – it’s about humanity

To put Germany’s mass kindness of strangers down to the war is a way of exonerating other countries for not doing enough.

July 6, 2015 21 Comments

Merkel’s dilemma: give in to Greece or stand firm against democracy

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.

June 30, 2015 7 Comments

After Greece, can the EU remain the world’s most popular club?

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.

June 19, 2015 3 Comments

Was the Charleston shooting an ‘act of terror’?

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.

May 8, 2015 6 Comments

Election 2015: restive UK holds on tight for unintended consequences

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.

January 27, 2015 7 Comments

Holocaust survivors – staring down history’s demons

Rudolf Hoess tried to perfect the extermination process at Auschwitz. Seventy years later, survivors returned – gloriously, irrepressibly alive.

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