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.

Interview with Martin Schulz: 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'

Interview with Martin Schulz: 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2017

Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz still believes he has a chance of unseating Angela Merkel. DER SPIEGEL spoke to him about the anger many Germans feel against establishment parties and how to deal with authoritarian politicians. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Michael Sauga and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

March of the Trolls: Right-Wing Activists Take Aim at German Election

March of the Trolls: Right-Wing Activists Take Aim at German Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2017

Ahead of Germany's general election, an international alliance of extremist online activists is busy inciting on the internet. They're spreading hate, fake news and Kremlin propaganda in an effort to help the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany. By Konstantin von Hammerstein, Roman Höfner and Marcel Rosenbach more...


The Victory of Rage: AfD Sets its Sights on German Parliament

The Victory of Rage: AfD Sets its Sights on German Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2017

Even as Chancellor Angela Merkel seems set to win her fourth term, the German campaign has been characterized in some towns by rage and hatred. The right-wing populist AfD is also expecting Election Day success, and it will change German political debate. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

David vs. Goliath: The Unequal Battle Between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel

David vs. Goliath: The Unequal Battle Between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2017

He started with a bang. But for months, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz has been having trouble gaining traction on the campaign trail. Could it be that he doesn't want power badly enough? By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Angela Merkel: 'In Everything I Do, I Aim to Strengthen Democracy'

SPIEGEL Interview with Angela Merkel: 'In Everything I Do, I Aim to Strengthen Democracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2017

Angela Merkel is running for a fourth term in office. DER SPIEGEL speaks with the chancellor about the addiction of power, the influence on politics of Germany's automobile industry and her attempts to win back voters on the right. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Uphill Battle: Merkel Challenger Schulz Hopes Debate Will Turn the Tide

Uphill Battle: Merkel Challenger Schulz Hopes Debate Will Turn the Tide

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2017

Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, faces a steep uphill battle if he wants to unseat Angela Merkel. He is hoping that next weekend's debate might breathe new life into his campaign. And he may not be wrong. By Christiane Hoffmann, Alexander Kühn, Veit Medick and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

Time To Stand Up to Erdogan? Germany Debates Tougher Stance Against Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

The recent arrest of German human rights activist Peter Steudtner marks a turning point in relations between Germany and Turkey. In an election year, the center-left Social Democrats want to see a tightening of sanctions, but Angela Merkel has declined. She wants to save the refugee deal the EU has made with Ankara. By Ralf Neukirch, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Chaos at the G-20: How Hamburg Failed to Protect Its Citizens

Chaos at the G-20: How Hamburg Failed to Protect Its Citizens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2017

The violence that erupted at the G-20 summit last week has raised significant questions as to whether protecting world leaders was prioritized over the safety of the people of Hamburg. Police records from the weekend reveal the full scale of the chaos. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Lasting Questions from Hamburg: Was the G-20 Summit Really Worth It?

Lasting Questions from Hamburg: Was the G-20 Summit Really Worth It?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2017

The Hamburg summit is over. Overshadowed by the violence on the streets outside, Angela Merkel and the rest of the G-20 leaders managed to find mini-compromises on major issues. But the question remains: Was it worth it? By Florian Gathmann and Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

The G-18.5: What the G-20 Declaration Means for the Climate

The G-18.5: What the G-20 Declaration Means for the Climate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2017

All G-20 participants, except for the U.S., underlined their commitment to the Paris climate change agreement. It is a significant success for Merkel, even if Turkish President Erdogan changed his mind after the summit. An Analysis by Holger Dambeck more... Comment ]

A Family Affair: The Road to Donald Leads through Ivanka

A Family Affair: The Road to Donald Leads through Ivanka

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2017

Ivanka Trump briefly took her father's place at the G-20 negotiating table on Saturday. But hostess Angela Merkel is happy to have the U.S. president's daughter at the summit. A good relationship with Ivanka provides a reliable channel to the White House. By David Böcking and Vanessa Steinmetz more... Comment ]