Thorsten Benner

Thorsten Benner

Thorsten Benner is director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin.

Angela Merkel

The German shake-up: Rocky road ahead for Angela Merkel

After Sunday's election, it's time to bury any illusions about Merkel's supposed role as 'the leader of the free world'.

The German shake-up: Rocky road ahead for Angela Merkel

Refugees

'Control' is the new core of Germany's refugee policy

The purpose of the German chancellor's trip to Egypt and Tunisia is to help to reduce irregular migration into the EU.

'Control' is the new core of Germany's refugee policy

Germany

The end of German populist exceptionalism

The right-wing AfD is to stay, and will constrain Merkel's leadership - but less so than in neighbouring EU countries.

The end of German populist exceptionalism