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This newsletter’s mission is to break down the complex world of German politics for expats and English speakers who are eager to understand this fascinating country. From lockdowns, to the gas crisis, to soaring living costs, there is a lot happening in Germany these days! Each of these issues is affecting our lives in important ways.

The German Review is written by Jörg Luyken, an Anglo-German journalist whose writing credits include the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Der Spiegel, Die Welt. From his office in Berlin, he sends you a punchy email every weekday morning, which helps you to stay smart about Germany.

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The German Review arrives in your inbox on weekdays and always follows the same format:

  • The background on a key news story

  • Insights into how German opinion makers and politicians view the issue

  • The wider context: What will happen next?

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Jörg Luyken. Photo: Sonni Holmstedt

About the author:

I’m a freelance journalist who has lived in Berlin for the better part of the past decade. I report from Berlin for the Daily Telegraph and occasionally write for outlets such as Der Spiegel, Die Welt and the Spectator.

Some of my articles in other media:

The Russian ship at the heart of Europe's pipeline dilemma (Daily Telegraph)

How long can Olaf Scholz last? (The Spectator)

Gerecht ist, was englisch ist (Der Spiegel)

Wie mit der AfD umgehen? ARD und ZDF sollten von den Briten lernen (Die Welt)

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News & analysis on politics and current affairs in Germany. Helping an English-speaking audience stay smart about Europe's major power.


Jörg Luyken 

Freelance journalist in Berlin, with writing credits for the Telegraph, Spectator, Der Spiegel, Die Welt.