The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Ballooning Surplus Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Germany's current account surplus is higher than ever before and the country is concerned that it could become a target of US president-elect Donald Trump's ire as a result. Berlin is already making preparations for the possible conflict. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys' The Erosion of German Democracy

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Great Unknown: Head-Scratching in Berlin over Future US Relations

The Great Unknown Head-Scratching in Berlin over Future US Relations

Donald Trump's election caught Berlin by surprise -- and there are considerable reservations about the future US president. Chancellor Merkel has said she is willing to work with him, but has added stipulations. By Florian Gathmann and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]


Digital Democracy: How Google and Facebook Can Reshape Elections

Digital Democracy How Google and Facebook Can Reshape Elections

As their reach has grown, social networks have become true political players: They can mobilize voters and bombard specific users with a candidate's content. Next year's German federal election will likely be the country's first data-driven campaign, and some lawmakers are worried. By Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

The Way Forward after Dieselgate: 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'

The Way Forward after Dieselgate 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'

Volkswagen is struggling. The diesel emissions scandal, slim profit margins and a leadership shake-up have challenged the automobile company. SPIEGEL sat down with senior members of the family, Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michel Piëch, to discuss the path out of the disaster. Interview Conducted by Dietmar Hawranek and Armin Mahler more... Comment ]


'Reichsbürger' Shooting: An Anti-Government Group Turns Violent

'Reichsbürger' Shooting An Anti-Government Group Turns Violent

After a series of increasingly violent encounters between German authorities and Reichsbürger, a group that rejects the legitimacy of the German government, officials are concerned that they are radicalizing -- and turning from a nuisance into a threat. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]