Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

An Interview with Seehofer 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

For months, the refugee policy rift between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her nominal political ally Horst Seehofer, the powerful governor of Bavaria, has been widening. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Seehofer says the rift could worsen if Merkel doesn't agree to a hard ceiling on immigration. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Merkel's Challenge: Navigating the Post-Fact Era

Merkel's Challenge Navigating the Post-Fact Era

Angela Merkel used to be celebrated for her composed determination and sober analysis of the facts. Now, though, her refusal to own up to her mistakes makes her look stubborn -- and facts have lost their importance. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Clinging to Power Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Chancellor Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The Rise of the Populists A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gave the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany a significant boost. It is a challenge for Chancellor Merkel and the entire country. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Center-Right Dispute Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Chancellor Merkel has decided to push back her announcement as to whether she intends to run for a fourth term as chancellor, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The delay is the product of an unresolved dispute with her Bavarian sister party, the CSU. more...


Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Fear Unveiled Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Calls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Burqa Ban Debate Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Some conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place. By Jan Friedmann, Dietmar Hipp and Conny Neumann more... Comment ]