State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

State Election Debacle What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble 'We All Wish Macron Success'

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

Integration by the Numbers Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

The Global Chancellor How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

When Chancellor Merkel announced her re-election bid last November, it seemed as though she didn't really want the job. Recently, however, she has rediscovered her drive -- and is convinced that her experience is vital in these uncertain times. By René Pfister more... Comment ]

The New Face of the AfD: How Far to the Right Is Alice Weidel?

The New Face of the AfD How Far to the Right Is Alice Weidel?

The lead candidate for the Alternative for Germany in this fall's parliamentary elections doesn't have a resume typical of a right-wing populist. She has worked for Goldman Sachs and lives as an openly gay woman. How will her cosmopolitan background jibe with the party's nationalist message? By Melanie Amann and Sven Becker more... Comment ]


Eroding Friendship: German-Israeli Relations Take a Turn for the Worse

Eroding Friendship German-Israeli Relations Take a Turn for the Worse

This week's diplomatic row over German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Israel is indicative of growing mistrust between the two governments. But it's unusual for tensions between the two countries to be this open. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Refugee and Soldier: The Double Life of a Right-Wing Terror Suspect

Refugee and Soldier The Double Life of a Right-Wing Terror Suspect

A suspected right-wing extremist German army officer is thought to have been planning an attack. As part of his preparation, he registered as a refugee from Syria. Now, Franco A. has been arrested in a perplexing case full of riddles. By Jörg Diehl and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]