Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?

Opinion Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?

Germany used to be an anchor of international stability. But that's changing. The political chaos surrounding Angela Merkel's attempts to create a new government serve as a warning that the country is not immune to factors that are destabilizing other European countries. A Commentary By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]


Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

Chaos in Berlin Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

Breakthrough Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter. more...


The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

The 'Mutti' Complex Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

Angela Merkel has fundamentally changed German politics. With the country's parties focusing on the chancellor rather than true political debate, it's impossible to know who or what might come next. An Essay by René Pfister more... Comment ]

History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall

History Comes Full Circle Berlin Before and After the Wall

The Berlin Wall stood for exactly 28 years, two months and 26 days. It has now been gone for as long as it was in place. These photos show a city that hasn't done badly for itself in the years since reunification. By Christoph Gunkel more... Video | Comment ]


A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

A Monkey on Their Back German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

The scandal over exhaust experiments on monkeys shows just how unscrupulous Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are when it comes to manipulating the public. Anything goes when it comes to diverting attention from the dangers inherent in diesel. By Frank Dohmen, Veronika Hackenbroch, Simon Hage, Nils Klawitter, Hannah Knuth and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

New Cartel Suspicions: Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers

New Cartel Suspicions Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers

After numerous scandals in recent years, the German automobile industry is facing scrutiny yet again. This time, VW, Daimler, BMW and Bosch are believed to have colluded on steel price fixing. By Frank Dohmen and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]


Frankfurt's Uncertain Future: Brexit Winner, Brexit Loser

Frankfurt's Uncertain Future Brexit Winner, Brexit Loser

Frankfurt is booming and thousands of investment bankers are heading for the German financial capital as a result of Brexit. But can the city handle the influx? Its already fragile social structures are being stretched to the breaking point. By Tim Bartz and Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

After Angela A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. By Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]