Angela Merkel

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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.

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2017

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2017

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2017

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences. By Melanie Amann, Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2017

Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]

A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2017

With the surprise announcement that Martin Schulz, until recently the head of the European Parliament, will be the Social Democrats' chancellor candidate this fall, the German political landscape has undergone a tectonic shift. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel must prepare for a real fight. By Matthias Bartsch, Sven Böll, Markus Feldenkirchen, Valerie Höhne, Horand Knaup and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

The inauguration of Donald Trump heralds the arrival of a new world order. The West is weaker than ever before and rising American nationalism poses a threat both to Germany's economy and the European Union. more... Comment ]

Dear Facebook, This Man Is Not a Terrorist: Selfie with Merkel Haunts Refugee

Dear Facebook, This Man Is Not a Terrorist: Selfie with Merkel Haunts Refugee

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2017

Under normal circumstances, he would be considered a shining example of integration. But a selfie of Anas Modamani together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been used repeatedly to label the young Syrian refugee as a terrorist. The 19-year-old has had enough and is taking legal action against Facebook. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]


A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2017

German authorities identified Anis Amri as a potential terrorist threat months ago. How did they fail to stop him from committing his deadly attack? These government failures are likely to haunt the country for months to come. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2017

Doubts are growing inside Angela Merkel's Chancellery that the incoming American president will mature and become a statesman. The chancellor is preparing for frosty trans-Atlantic relations while at the same time trying to pull Europe together. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]