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German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

November 20, 2017, 12:47 PM

After the collapse of the German coalition talks, the blame game has already begun. Yet all the parties bear responsibility for how the negotiations failed. A Commentary by Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]


Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

November 20, 2017, 12:13 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next? By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

November 17, 2017, 06:18 PM

Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election as SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]


Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

November 17, 2017, 02:53 PM

Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear. By Anna Reimann more...

#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

November 13, 2017, 01:07 PM

Sexual harassment has long been a fact of life in the European Parliament in Brussels. Recently, some women have begun speaking up. But the law-making body has been slow to address the problem. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind

Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind

November 13, 2017, 11:46 AM

For decades, coffee was about as exciting as washing powder and detergent. But today it has become a lifestyle statement. The bean boom, though, hides the brutal economic realities behind coffee production. By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

November 10, 2017, 06:06 PM

Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

November 10, 2017, 06:04 PM

The Paradise Papers offer only the most recent look into the widespread practice of tax avoidance. Governments around the world have taken steps recently to block such strategies, but it is unclear whether they will ultimately be successful. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Paradise Looted: How Sicily Became Ungovernable

Paradise Looted: How Sicily Became Ungovernable

November 10, 2017, 05:54 PM

Italy's poorest region, Sicily, is the country's problem child. Now it has elected a new government. To fix the island, it will have to overcome corruption and widespread Mafia control - and figure out how to convince its population not to leave. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


The Undrained Swamp: Trump's Washington, One Year On

The Undrained Swamp: Trump's Washington, One Year On

November 08, 2017, 11:28 AM

It has been one year since Donald Trump was elected to the White House, but the mutual hatred between the president and Washington D.C. has not dissipated. And the city has refused to back down to the Trumpian bluster. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]