December 10, 2012

The Scot Destined to Lead Germany

Spillius & Brennan, Daily Telegraph

AP Photo

Just who is this sophisticated European statesman? Meet David McAllister. He was last week mooted as Merkel’s heir apparent at Germany’s ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union party conference in Hanover. Bizarrely, however, his supporters at the congress waved banners proclaiming “I’m a Mac!” – for this leader-in-waiting is a not-so-secret Scot. The son of a wartime British Army captain, McAllister is the first dual German-British citizen to hold prominent public office.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Eurozone, Europe, Germany, David McAllister, Angela Merkel, Christian Democratic Union


Germany used to be extremely careful about where it exported its weapons. In recent years, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown a preference for sending high-tech armaments abroad rather than German soldiers -- even if... more ››
December 6, 2012
Merkel Is the World's Master Politician
Michael Fry, The Scotsman
There must inevitably be a comparison with the other most powerful woman in the world to date, Margaret Thatcher, at the corresponding stage in her career. That would have been in 1987, when she faced an election at which she was... more ››
December 6, 2012
Merkel, Netanyahu Play Down Differences
Severin Weiland, Der Spiegel
Despite recent differences between Germany and Israel over settlement construction plans on the West Bank, Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu pledged friendship on Thursday in Berlin. They have, said the chancellor, agreed to... more ››
Europe’s leaders have reached Plan C in their efforts to rescue Greece. Unfortunately, it lacks a crucial element also absent in Plans A and B: adequate debt relief. more ››
November 28, 2012
It's Time to Write Off Some Greek Debt
Business Day
With Greece having now done its bit by inflicting severe pain on itself at considerable political risk, and the German election only a matter of months away, a meaningful debt write-off is surely the essential next step. more ››