German Election 2017: Angela Merkel's Bitter Victory

German Election 2017 Angela Merkel's Bitter Victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as the country's leader, but her win comes at a very high price. Our full English-language election analysis. more...

Election Aftermath: A New Germany

Election Aftermath A New Germany

The Alternative for Germany's entry into the German parliament is not normal -- it's an attack on our liberal democracy, one that all the other parties must fight. That's just one reason that going into opposition is the right decision by the Social Democrats. A Commentary By Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]


The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

The AfD in the Bundestag A Populist Upheaval on the Right

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is celebrating its first-ever seats in the German parliament and has vowed to shake up Berlin politics. But there are doubts as to whether the party can maintain discipline. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

The Price of Success Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]


Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

German Election Results Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as German chancellor, but her coalition partners for the last four years, the Social Democrats, have likely received their worst result since World War II. The right-wing populist AfD has secured more than 13 percent of the vote. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]


Silicon Valley and the German Election: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign

Silicon Valley and the German Election AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign

DER SPIEGEL has learned that Google has refused for more than a week to place certain ads for a controversial anti-Merkel website created by the Alternative for Germany. The right-wing populist party says it will respond by spending its budget for the project on Facebook instead. By Melanie Amann and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Interview with Martin Schulz: 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'

Interview with Martin Schulz 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'

Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz still believes he has a chance of unseating Angela Merkel. DER SPIEGEL spoke to him about the anger many Germans feel against establishment parties and how to deal with authoritarian politicians. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Michael Sauga and Veit Medick more... Comment ]


German Election Podcast: What You Need To Know About Sunday's Vote

German Election Podcast What You Need To Know About Sunday's Vote

Germans head to the polls this Sunday to elect their next parliament. In our special election podcast, SPIEGEL ONLINE Editor-in-Chief Barbara Hans discusses issues that have shaped the campaign, Angela Merkel's prospects for a fourth term and the likelihood the far right will win seats. more...