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.

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy. By Melanie Amann, Tobias Hausdorf, Ralf Neukirch and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]

Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The French government has ambitious plans to reform the eurozone, but the German election could derail them. Faced with a surge in right-wing populism and a potential coalition with the fiscally liberal Free Democrats, Angela Merkel may not have the mandate for major changes. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is celebrating its first-ever seats in the German parliament and has vowed to shake up Berlin politics. But there are doubts as to whether the party can maintain discipline. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]


The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as German chancellor, but her coalition partners for the last four years, the Social Democrats, have likely received their worst result since World War II. The right-wing populist AfD has secured more than 13 percent of the vote. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]