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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 World from Berlin: How Feminine Politics Has Found Success in Germany

The World from Berlin: How Feminine Politics Has Found Success in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2012

Social Democrat Hannelore Kraft is the big winner in last Sunday's crucial state election in North Rhine-Westphalia. And she triumphed by taking a page from Chancellor Angela Merkel's playbook, German commentators say. The infusion of feminine politics could mark the country's political scene for years to come. more...

Standing Firm: Merkel Won't Budge on Austerity Despite Setback

Standing Firm: Merkel Won't Budge on Austerity Despite Setback

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2012

Hopes that Chancellor Angela Merkel will back down from her strict insistence on austerity are likely to be dashed despite mounting European criticism of her policy and a crushing state election defeat for her party on Sunday. Most Germans like how she has handled the crisis, say analysts. By David Crossland more...

Couples Therapy: Merkel and Hollande Are Damned to Get Along 

Couples Therapy: Merkel and Hollande Are Damned to Get Along 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2012

Despite his anti-austerity rhetoric on the campaign trail and her open support for Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande and Angela Merkel are expected to make compromises during their first meeting on Tuesday. In the euro crisis, the pair has no choice but to get along. By Ralf Neukirch and Mathieu von Rohr more...

Merkel's Defeat: Germany's Social Democrats Return to Relevancy

Merkel's Defeat: Germany's Social Democrats Return to Relevancy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2012

The center-left in Germany has emerged from Sunday's crucial state vote strengthened and newly confident after crushing Angela Merkel's conservatives. It is a clear defeat for the chancellor, but there are pitfalls ahead for the Social Democrats as well. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more...

The World From Berlin: 'It's Going to Get Harder for Merkel'

The World From Berlin: 'It's Going to Get Harder for Merkel'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been weakened by the humiliating election defeat of her conservatives in the large state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday. German media commentators say she will face a harder time securing backing for her austerity policy at home, at a time when resistance to it is building across Europe. more...

CDU Debacle in German State: Voters Punish Merkel's Conservatives in Key Election

CDU Debacle in German State: Voters Punish Merkel's Conservatives in Key Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2012

The center-left Social Democrats and the Greens have emerged with a clear majority in elections in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. The outcome is a significant setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and could further weaken the Christian Democrats in the run-up to national elections in 2013. more... Comment ]

'Americanization of Politics': State Vote to Highlight Germany's New Political Landscape

'Americanization of Politics': State Vote to Highlight Germany's New Political Landscape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2012

This Sunday's state election in North Rhine-Westphalia will put Germany's new political landscape in the spotlight. A multitude of parties is making it more difficult to form governing coalitions and a growing focus on personalities has analysts speaking of the 'Americanization' of German politics. By Charles Hawley more...

Savings vs. Stimulus: Can Merkel Teach Hollande Austerity?

Savings vs. Stimulus: Can Merkel Teach Hollande Austerity?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

With the election of François Hollande as French president, Nicolas Sarkozy is history -- as is the Merkozy duo in Berlin and Paris. German-French relations will have to be realigned. Given that the election has come in the midst of the euro crisis, Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will need to learn to get along quickly. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Hollande Could Be a Better Partner than Sarkozy'

The World from Berlin: 'Hollande Could Be a Better Partner than Sarkozy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

Chancellor Merkel's fear that Socialist candidate François Hollande might win the French election came true on Sunday. While their differing politics have some warning of difficult French-German relations to come, German editorialists argue Monday that the pragmatic politicians will make it work. more...

Campaign to Free Tymoshenko: Merkel Wants Mass Boycott of Euro 2012 in Ukraine

Campaign to Free Tymoshenko: Merkel Wants Mass Boycott of Euro 2012 in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

Germany is intensifying its diplomatic pressure on Ukraine over its treatment of the imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. SPIEGEL has learned that Chancellor Angela Merkel has been campaigning for a mass boycott of the European Football Championship in Ukraine by leaders across Europe if Kiev does not release Tymoshenko. more... Comment ]