As Angela Merkel bows out after 16 years, we focus this episode on Germanyâ€™s new government and its chancellor, Olaf Scholz. We also debate the growing use of â€œDenglishâ€ â€” a hybrid of German and English â€” among politicians.
POLITICOâ€™s Andrew Gray and Matthew Karnitschnig explore expectations for the new government, particularly on foreign policy. And we feature some highlights from a live Twitter Spaces discussion among POLITICO reporters: Florian Eder and Hans von der Burchard look at how the coalition will tackle big EU issues and reveal some key behind-the-scenes operators in the chancellery.
Then we broaden the lens to all of Europe and get the inside scoop from Senior Reporter Joshua Posaner on POLITICOâ€™s new list of the 28 most powerful people shaping Europe. You can read the full list here and watch the P28 event, which included interviews with with Frans Timmermansâ€>Frans Timmermans, executive vice president for the European Green Deal at the European Commission, and with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization.
Our special guest is German language critic Peter Littger, whose latest book on the Denglish phenomenon is â€œHello in the round!â€ He discusses the pervasive use of this hybrid of German and English among politicians and the impact it has on society.