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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.

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2014

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Ranking-Show im ZDF: "Deutschlands Beste!" fährt erneut Spitzenquote ein

Ranking-Show im ZDF: "Deutschlands Beste!" fährt erneut Spitzenquote ein

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Spitzenquote mit Merkel: 4,22 Millionen Zuschauer wollten "Deutschlands Beste!" im ZDF sehen - wie schon die Männerausgabe fuhr auch die Frauenausgabe des Promi-Rankings den Tagessieg ein. mehr... Forum ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Commission Crusade: Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

Commission Crusade: Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron is determined not to let Jean-Claude Juncker become president of the European Commission. But he is increasingly isolated. He might face his Waterloo as early as next week. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2014

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2014

Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain's EU exit. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

NSA What? Spying Scandal Unlikely to Dominate Merkel's US Visit

NSA What? Spying Scandal Unlikely to Dominate Merkel's US Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2014

German Chancellor Merkel expects little progress in clarifying the NSA affair in Washington this week. She is still angered by US spying on her cell phone communications, but will instead address the Ukraine crisis and free trade with President Obama. By Nikolaus Blome, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Investigating Surveillance: German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena

Investigating Surveillance: German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2014

Berlin has insisted it wants to scrutinize NSA spying in Germany. But actually inviting Edward Snowden to testify before a paraliamentary investigation is proving delicate. Some in Chancellor Merkel's party are now casting doubt on Snowden's suitability as a witness. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Sieg in Brüssel: Industrie darf Ökostromrabatte behalten

Sieg in Brüssel: Industrie darf Ökostromrabatte behalten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Die deutsche Industrie kann aufatmen: Anders als befürchtet müssen die Unternehmen keine Preisnachlässe für die Förderung von Ökostrom zurückzahlen. Die EU-Kommission kam der Bundesregierung auf voller Linie entgegen. mehr... Forum ]