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Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

May 15, 2017, 06:39 PM

Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Merkel, too, is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming. By Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

May 15, 2017, 04:47 PM

Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

May 15, 2017, 01:08 PM

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Social Design Award 2017: Wanted: Good Ideas for Green City Oases!

Social Design Award 2017: Wanted: Good Ideas for Green City Oases!

May 15, 2017, 10:25 AM

The Social Design Award, now being presented for the fourth time by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN, is all about shaping our public and community life. more...

The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

May 12, 2017, 08:19 PM

Emmanuel Macron's election is nothing short of a political upheaval in France. As the youngest president in the country's history, he has set himself the task of reunifying a divided country. Can his project of political renewal succeed? And can he help save Europe? By Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]


Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

May 12, 2017, 06:35 PM

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

May 12, 2017, 10:51 AM

More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

May 09, 2017, 03:29 PM

Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Unlikely Allies: NATO Chief Finds a New Friend in Trump

Unlikely Allies: NATO Chief Finds a New Friend in Trump

May 09, 2017, 03:13 PM

A new alliance is being forged between NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. President Donald Trump. Both want more money for the alliance and for member countries to step up the fight against Islamic State. But not all member states are convinced. By Matthias Gebauer and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

May 08, 2017, 01:33 PM

With the support of almost two-thirds of French voters, Emmanuel Macron has been elected as France's youngest president ever. He now has the chance to modernize his country -- and save Europe. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

May 08, 2017, 01:30 PM

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]