Record levels of migration to Germany over the last two years have called into question the country’s demographic projections. But Germany’s rapid shift to a more favourable profile is not a reason to postpone politically painful policy decisions about retirement and pensions.
For all its economic success, Germany has a growing problem with inequality and poverty, and yet Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be deflecting the blame so far as the battlelines are drawn for elections in September.
Maria Sharapova made a victorious return from a 15-month doping ban yesterday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins and rivals condemning the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar’s rehabilitation.
After a dizzying few months, in which Donald Trump’s young presidency called into question the entire post-World War II global order, the geopolitical status quo appears to have reemerged. But this is no time for complacency: the liberal world order remains far from secure.