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Die Kanzlerin

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.

Iran Crisis: Trump Drives Wedge Between Germany and France

Iran Crisis: Trump Drives Wedge Between Germany and France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2018

Donald Trump's move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran should have pulled the European Union together, but Angela Merkel has instead chosen to appease the U.S. president. Criticism of her stance is mounting in Brussels and Berlin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties

Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2018

With his decision to blow up the Iran deal, U.S. President Donald Trump has thrown Europe into uncertainty and anxiety -- and raised the specter of a new war in the Middle East. One thing is certain: the trans-Atlantic relationship has been seriously damaged. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal marks the temporary suspension of the trans-Atlantic alliance. What now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2018

With a wayward president at the helm in the United States, the world has become a more dangerous place. In response, though, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again steering Germany to the foreign policy sidelines, clearing the way for French President Emmanuel Macron. By DER SPIEGEL Staff By Matthias Gebauer, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Christian Reiermann, Christoph Scheuermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump this week issued a Twitter threat to Russia and hinted that America would soon attack Syria. But even if Assad does deserve punishment for again using chemical weapons, the urge to intervene should be resisted. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be. By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2018

All eyes have been on Germany and France recently when it comes to reforming the European common currency. But in an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 51, says that the Netherlands should not be ignored. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2018

Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2018

With the Social Democrats having approved a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany finally has a government. Despite the breakthrough, however, enthusiasm is in short supply in Berlin. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political System Is at Stake'

CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political System Is at Stake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2018

With Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer having been appointed to general secretary of the conservative Christian Democrats, many see her as Angela Merkel's possible successor. DER SPIEGEL spoke with her about what the CDU must do to remain relevant and the things that make her different from the chancellor. Interview Conducted by Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]