Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

Coalition Talks Collapse Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

The collapse of coalition negotiations in Berlin is a win for political clarity in Germany. The parties involved would hardly have been able to govern effectively together. But it marks the end of Chancellor Merkel's style of governing. A Commentary by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

German Meltdown Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

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?

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

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

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...

A Country, Still Divided: Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?

A Country, Still Divided Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?

The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago, yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist AfD party did particularly well in the eastern states. But why? 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'

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 ]

Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

Hot Air in Germany Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

Germany is way behind on its emissions reduction goals, but coalition talks currently underway in Berlin aren't likely to help. Instead of embracing the shift to renewables as an economic opportunity, wariness of future technologies remains. By Frank Dohmen and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

Germany's Next Government Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

The business-friendly Free Democrats want the Finance Ministry, but Merkel's conservatives don't want to let it go. Now, plans are afoot to shrink its powers if the FDP insists. The disagreement could torpedo coalition talks. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Unpopulists: Germany's AfD Struggling to Find Staffers in Berlin

Right-Wing Unpopulists Germany's AfD Struggling to Find Staffers in Berlin

The Alternative for Germany managed to make its way into German parliament. But now, the right-wing populists are struggling to find experienced staffers willing to work for them. The party has turned to headhunters and "bounties" to fill the gap. By Veit Medick, Benedikt Becker and Melanie Amann more... Comment ]