Claire Stam with Alexandra Brzozowski

EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

The Brief, powered by ADF International – Macron wins, again.

The European Council ended without EU leaders agreeing on who could be the candidate for the next European Commission president. But not all EU leaders are leaving Brussels empty-handed.
Politics 11-06-2019

The Brief – Words have power

On 12 June 1942, Anne Frank received a notebook recovered by a red-a-white plaid. It was her 13th birthday. She made it her diary, which, 77 years later, became one of the world’s most famous book. She would have turned 90 tomorrow.
Politics 03-06-2019

The Brief – GreenKo in Germany

The resignation of Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Andrea Nahles reaches way beyond the boundaries of German social democracy. It strips bare the German political landscape as we got to know it.

The Brief – ‘Verfassungspatriotismus’

On May 8, 1949, Germany’s Basic Law (Grundgesetz) was adopted, thus laying the fundament for its constitution - and democracy. In times of rising populism in Europe, a 70th birthday worth celebrating beyond the German frontiers.
Politics 13-02-2019

The Brief – Germany: Europe’s Janus

The day after the new leader of the Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, distanced herself from Angela Merkel's migration legacy, economists published a report showing that Germany needs at least 260,000 migrants a year by 2060 if the country is to meet its skilled labor needs.
Transport 06-02-2019

The Brief – Rail delay scarf

Deutsche Bahn has recently reached a record number of passengers, despite defective reservation systems, chronic delays, poor maintenance and not enough staff. But German frustration with a service that is meant to be the pinnacle of reliability is on the up and was recently creatively expressed by one Munich commuter.

TEE – High Noon in Germany

On 4 January, the German government quietly presented its National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), thus meeting at the very last minute a European Commission requirement to member states to finalise the first draft by the end of 2018...

The Brief, powered by Metal Packaging Europe – Blur

Shortly before Christmas, the German news magazine Der Spiegel, one of the country’s most prestigious publications, revealed what many thought unthinkable: that it has been deceived for years by one of its top reporters who turned out to have successfully blurred the frontier between journalistic accuracy and literature.
Politics 09-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EFPIA – Day of remembrance

November 9 is a very unique day for Germany, as Manuela Schwesig (SPD), premier of Schleswig-Holstein (Northern Germany), described it today. It is a day when three pivotal events took place,  with far-reaching effects for Germany but also for Europe.
Future EU 02-11-2018

The Brief – Back to the future

Taking Germany and Europe by surprise, Angela Merkel’s decision to retire from politics after the end of her chancellorship sparked an array of often antinomic political analysis and speculations, all surrounded with an ‘end of an era’ emanation. But what does it mean on a day-to-day life basis in Germany?
Brexit 18-10-2018

The Brief, powered by The International Bromine Council (BSEF) – Carte de séjour

In what can be seen as a replay of the Salzburg summit, European leaders had dinner last night without British PM Theresa May, while negotiations stumbled yet again over the Irish border issue. Meanwhile, other EU countries are quietly gearing up to meet the March 2019 deadline. France chief among them.
Politics 01-10-2018

The Brief – Sharp edges

In two weeks, Bavarians will go to the polls, in a closely watched election expected to show a never-before-seen downfall of the CSU and a never-before-seen rise of the Bavarian Greens. Will the unthinkable become reality: a coalition between the two?
Politics 24-09-2018

The Brief, powered by AmCham EU – Curtains for Germany’s government

It is exactly a year that the federal elections took place in Germany, on 24 September 2017. A year after, vessel Germany is wandering in stormy waters, its commanding team proving incapable of setting a direction as to where to head at. And no safe shore is in sight.
Politics 21-09-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Rock around the bunker

During the Salzburg EU summit, English-speaking media were quick to draw the link between the Austrian city and the setting of the Sound of Music. For French-speaking journalists, the informal meeting brought another song to mind: "Rock around the bunker" by iconic Frenchman Serge Gainsbourg.
Future EU 07-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – Sound of silence

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will be meeting in Marseille late this afternoon, but neither Paris nor Berlin wanted to disclose what will be on the menu - a silence that is louder than words.
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – Germany’s powder keg

We have fallen into the trap of the far-right, as we only speak about refugees and migration, argued Wolfgang Thierse, who served as president of the Bundestag from 1998 to 2005. And he is right: the Chemnitz riots show how poverty has turned into a blasting powder keg in Germany.

The Brief – Desperately seeking cohesion

In a non-legislative resolution, MEPs urged EU countries on Monday (25 June) to make sure that providing humanitarian help to migrants is not treated as a crime. The mere fact that they felt obliged to do so speaks volumes about where Europe is today.

Trans-Europe Express – Migration is here to stay

Never before since becoming Germany’s Chancellor in 2005 has Angela Merkel been as close to losing power than on Thursday (14 June). And the reason was migration.
Politics 05-06-2018

The Brief, powered by Yara – Fear and stereotype

The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel always publishes on Saturdays and it recently made headlines worldwide because of its series of covers ridiculing Donald Trump. This week, it made headlines again, but in a very controversial way.