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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.

Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do

Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has completely reversed her refugee policies without bothering to tell German voters why she has done so. Such imperiousness is a common problem for those who have been in office for too long. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2018

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever. By Melanie Amann, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2018

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, 64, says in an interview with DER SPIEGEL that a United States of Europe is a worthwhile goal. He urges Germany to take French President Macron's proposals seriously -- and to form a government as soon as possible Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]


End of an Era: Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

End of an Era: Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

The Merkel era has been characterized by a deep yearning for stability. Yet her tenure has led to Germany's current period of instability. It is time to move on from Merkelism. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

One year after the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the relatives of the victims feel like the German authorities have treated them callously or neglected them. Some of their anger is also directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Britta Stuff and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more...


SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

SPD leader Martin Schulz twice ruled out a continuation of the grand coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. Now, though, he has little choice but to consider such an alliance anyway. He speaks with DER SPIEGEL about what that means for him, his party, Germany and Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

With Angela Merkel's first effort at assembling a governing coalition having failed, a run-back of her current alliance with the Social Democrats appears likely. That, though, is hardly something to look forward to. And may not happen at all. By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]


Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

After the German election, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for far-reaching EU reforms. But with coalition talks having collapsed in Germany, Berlin suddenly has no voice. Some in Brussels are yearning for a return of the SPD. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2017

The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]