Katja Hoyer

London and Berlin

Contributing columnist focusing on German and European politics

Katja Hoyer is a Global Opinions contributing columnist. An Anglo-German historian and journalist, she is the author of “Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918.”
Latest from Katja Hoyer

Putin is forcing Germans to get real about the military

Pacifism may be a luxury Germany can no longer afford.

June 30, 2022

What drove some to resist Hitler — and others to stay quiet

Halik Kochanski explores the motivations, and the uncomfortable realities, of World War II's resistance movements.

June 24, 2022

European leaders still can’t shake the urge to appease Russia

The French president continues to warn about 'humiliating' Moscow

June 17, 2022

Reactivate the air raid sirens. Germany needs to wake up.

Vladimir Putin’s references to nuclear war have hit a raw nerve in the German psyche, sending government departments into overdrive to revive Cold War defense systems.

April 13, 2022

Germany’s pacifists hate war. But they don’t understand the price of peace.

The activists may look naive — but they're tapping into long-standing antiwar traditions.

March 24, 2022

Germany has made a stunning turnaround on Russia. It will take courage to make it last.

The first cracks in the new policy are already showing.

March 4, 2022

Germany takes a first step toward renouncing Russian gas. But how long can it hold out?

Russia's aggression against Ukraine is triggering a fundamental shift in German foreign policy.

February 23, 2022

Germans are asking: Where’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz?

The new German leader's low profile is spectacularly misplaced.

February 4, 2022

Germany has become a weak link in NATO’s line of defense

Europe's largest economy is hesitating at the prospect of wide-ranging sanctions.

January 21, 2022

Germany’s anxiety about nuclear energy is leading to nonsensical policy

By succumbing to its fears, Germany is ultimately putting its fate in the hands of others.

January 4, 2022