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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.

Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2015

US intelligence spent years spying on European targets from a secretive base. Now, it seems that German intelligence was aware of the espionage -- and did nothing to stop it. more... Comment ]

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2015

Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant. Are they fair? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2015

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. By Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Endgame: Power Struggle in Brussels and Berlin over Fate of Greece

Endgame: Power Struggle in Brussels and Berlin over Fate of Greece

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

European Commission President Juncker wants to keep Greece in the euro zone, no matter what the price. Member states, though, are beginning to lose their patience. Who will ultimately have the final say? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of hesitancy. But in Minsk this week, she committed herself to helping find a way to quiet the weapons in Ukraine. The result was a cease-fire. But it is fragile and may ultimately be disadvantageous for Ukraine. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Shrinking Merkel Down To Size: Berlin Faces Austerity Challenge in Brussels

Shrinking Merkel Down To Size: Berlin Faces Austerity Challenge in Brussels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2015

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is challenging Angela Merkel in her de facto role as the most powerful leader in Europe. The election of Greece's Alexis Tsipras may help him in his fight against rigid German austerity policies. By Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Opinion: It's Time To Compromise on Greece

Opinion: It's Time To Compromise on Greece

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2015

Syriza's victory in Greece makes it clearer than ever that a new approach is needed in Europe. Chancellor Merkel, in particular, must show flexibility in the search for compromise with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras. If they can't agree, Europe is in trouble. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Merkel's Unintended Creation: Could Tsipras' Win Upset Balance of Power in Europe?

Merkel's Unintended Creation: Could Tsipras' Win Upset Balance of Power in Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2015

Greek election victor Alexis Tsipras wants an entirely different Europe from the one envisioned by Angela Merkel. His success is likely to stoke anger over Germany's EU dominance. Leaders in France and Italy are also hoping for an end to austerity. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Government documents and information from the Assad regime indicate that German companies may have helped Syria produce chemical weapons over the course of decades. So far, the Merkel administration has shown no willingness to investigate. By Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2014

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2014

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]