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Angela Merkel broke through the ranks of male-dominated German politics when she was elected chancellor in 2005, leading the Christian Democrats back to power and becoming the first political star from eastern Germany after reunification. Supporters call her style even and deliberate, while critics claim she's prone to indecision.

Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2019

Angela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down. An Analysis by Florian Gathmann more...

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east. more...


Franco-German Fragility: Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

Franco-German Fragility: Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2019

Angela Merkel's decision to take her Facebook account, with its 2.5 million followers, offline has baffled some members of the German government and raised questions about whether her decision will obscure an important part of the historical record. By Melanie Amann, Roman Höfner and Martin Knobbe more...


Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1. A Commentary by René Pfister more... Comment ]

A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start. A DER SPIEGEL Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more...


After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next. By Melanie Amann, Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2018

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]


What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2018

In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]