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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.

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1. A Commentary by René Pfister more... Comment ]

A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start. A DER SPIEGEL Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more...


After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next. By Melanie Amann, Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2018

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]


What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2018

In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


Deutsch-französisches Treffen: Merkel trifft Macron in Marseille

Deutsch-französisches Treffen: Merkel trifft Macron in Marseille

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2018

Die Kanzlerin reist am Freitag zu einem Treffen mit dem französischen Präsidenten nach Marseille. Es dürfte unter anderem um Europas Flüchtlingspolitik gehen. mehr... Forum ]

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Trump bei der Nato: Es tut noch nicht weh genug

Trump bei der Nato: Es tut noch nicht weh genug

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2018

US-Präsident Donald Trump erpresst die Europäische Union, als wäre er ein Mafiaboss - Schutz gegen Kohle. Das dürfen sich die Europäer nicht länger gefallen lassen. Ein Kommentar von Peter Müller mehr... Video | Forum ]

With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2018

From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel. By Melanie Amann, Anna Clauß, Markus Feldenkirchen, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]