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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.

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2018

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2018

It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2018

Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter. more...

The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2018

Angela Merkel has fundamentally changed German politics. With the country's parties focusing on the chancellor rather than true political debate, it's impossible to know who or what might come next. An Essay by René Pfister more... Comment ]


After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2018

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. By Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

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...