Dan O’Brien: Merkel’s successor may face existential challenges to the EU
Whatever the outcome of today’s election in Germany, it will matter a lot for Ireland’s spending and tax plans and could reopen the gap between between the ‘frugal’ northern countries and
Europe at a crossroads: Why Angela Merkel’s departure is just one of the pressing issues facing a troubled continent
After 16 years in power, the German chancellor is standing down. But who will be her replacement, and what are the wider implications for Europe as it grapples with a host of troubling crises?
Vincent Boland: As the beloved Merkel moves on, so too must Germany
The country’s nostalgic regard for its departing chancellor is understandable, but Germany’s challenge now is to move off autopilot and take greater responsibility in an unstable world
Tschüss Angela! Hallo Greens? Ireland must build alliances with next German leaders
The five parties that have a chance to form a government mostly treat Ireland with ignorance, so much needs to be done here to win favour with the new leaders of Europe’s biggest economy
Susan O’Keeffe: Merkel’s departure provides huge challenges for Germany – and Europe
EU leaders will watch with bated breath on September 26 – nowhere more than in Ireland which has enjoyed a positive relationship with the bloc’s key member in the past decade
Lucinda Creighton: As Merkel bows out, who will be the steadying hand of Europe?
Armin Laschet, the staid new leader of the centre-right CDU, may just hold off the charismatic Greens leader Annalena Baerbock to become German chancellor
Comment: Covid-19 crisis is the greatest test of global solidarity in generations
As the world tries to recover from the pandemic while facing the ongoing threat of climate change, multilateral cooperation is more important than ever
Comment: The world no longer places a premium on US power
For many years, America enjoyed outsized influence in countries and regions around the world but this is no longer the case, as is clear from the EU’s deal with China. Can Joe Biden refurbish its global image?
Lucinda Creighton: Europe facing an uncertain future without Merkel’s steadying hand
The German chancellor is stepping down next September, having shown herself to be a calm and unifying leader during the divisive monetary chaos and a true Christian Democrat in her handling of the migrant crisis