Opinion

I comment on German and European politics. My comments have appeared, among others, on Deutsche Welle, BBC online, Euronews, CTV News, BBC Mundo, Slovak Pravda and Folha de S. Paulo.

Below, you find the links to some of the respective articles and comments.

On what the rise of the far-right AfD may mean for coalition formation in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/merkels-cdu-and-far-right-afd-may-be-nearing-cooperation/a-51115772

On Theresa May’s pledge to step down as leader of the Conservative Party:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46551817

On the Bavarian Land election and the prospects of the CSU:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics-bavaria/alarm-bells-for-merkel-as-bavarian-allies-face-election-slump-idUKKCN1ML1JY

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics-bavaria-analysis/exceptional-no-more-merkels-bavarian-allies-face-watershed-moment-idUKKCN1LM1IP

On potential successors to Angela Merkel as German chancellor:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/is-akk-germany-s-next-leader-or-is-she-too-much-of-a-mini-merkel-20180810-p4zwoo.html

On the development of populist parties in Europe:

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2018/03/partidos-populistas-criam-elos-na-europa.shtml .

On the prospects of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth term in office and whether she is a ‘lame duck’:

https://matisak.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/is-chancellor-merkel-a-lame-duck/

https://matisak.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/merkels-legacy-what-does-she-want/ .

On the outcome of the SPD’s internal referendum on entering a new Grand Coalition:

https://matisak.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/how-will-another-groko-affect-spd-merkel-germany-eu/ .

 

Blog posts:

“Will Competition over Merkel’s succession divide or revive her party?” The Globe Post, 2018, URL: https://theglobepost.com/2018/11/04/merkel-succession-future-cdu/.

“A gradual farewell? There will be no three-year transition period in Germany.” OxPol, 2018, URL: https://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/a-gradual-farewell-there-will-be-no-three-year-transition-period-in-germany/.

“Quo vadis, CDU? Eine selbstverschuldete Niederlage als Chance.” Aus der Wissenschaft für die Politik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2016, URL: http://blogs.uni-due.de/wissenschaft-politik/2016/03/21/quo-vadis-cdu-eine-selbstverschuldete-niederlage-als-chance/.

“Alles neu macht der Mai? Weniger als 50 Tage vor der Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien.” Aus der Wissenschaft für die Politik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 2015, URL: http://blogs.uni-due.de/wissenschaft-politik/2015/04/07/alles-neu-macht-der-mai-50-tage-vor-der-parlamentswahl-in-grossbritannien/.

“The emergence of Germany’s new right wing. OxPol, 2014, URL: https://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/emergence-germanys-new-right-wing/.

“Merkel’s new grand coalition. A new chance for Germany’s social democracy.” OxPol, 2013, URL: https://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/merkels-grand-coalition-new-chance-germanys-social-democracy/.