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Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

November 10, 2017, 06:06 PM

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

November 03, 2017, 06:12 PM

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

October 27, 2017, 06:35 PM

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

October 27, 2017, 06:33 PM

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 ]

Joschka Fischer on Rise of the AfD: 'We Know How This Movie Ends'

Joschka Fischer on Rise of the AfD: 'We Know How This Movie Ends'

October 25, 2017, 04:21 PM

Former German foreign minister and Green Party veteran Joschka Fischer speaks to DER SPIEGEL about the threat posed by the right-wing populist party AfD and the prospects of the country's next government. Interview Conducted by Ann-Katrin Müller and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

October 18, 2017, 11:04 AM

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy. By Melanie Amann, Tobias Hausdorf, Ralf Neukirch and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

October 12, 2017, 04:08 PM

When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]


Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

September 29, 2017, 06:12 PM

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

September 26, 2017, 06:30 PM

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

September 25, 2017, 07:39 PM

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

September 25, 2017, 03:28 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD

German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD

September 25, 2017, 12:47 PM

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Big setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. Our full English-language election analysis. more...

Election Aftermath: A New Germany

Election Aftermath: A New Germany

September 25, 2017, 12:10 AM

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

September 25, 2017, 12:02 AM

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?

September 25, 2017, 12:02 AM

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 ]