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.

Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

Trump's World Order: Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S.

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2017

Doubts are growing inside Angela Merkel's Chancellery that the incoming American president will mature and become a statesman. The chancellor is preparing for frosty trans-Atlantic relations while at the same time trying to pull Europe together. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Terror in Berlin: How the Attack Has Changed the Country

Terror in Berlin: How the Attack Has Changed the Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2016

Terror attacks bring people together. That, at least, is what used to happen. But the attack in Berlin has followed a different script, with the gap between those content to wait for the facts and those eager to score political points now wider than ever before. A look back at 48 hours that changed the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2016

The attack on Berlin has the potential for shaking up German politics. Angela Merkel said what she needed to say, but her task of reuniting the country ahead of next fall's general election just became more difficult. By Severin Weiland and Philipp Wittrock more...

Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2016

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are turning right ahead of her upcoming re-election campaign and they are doing so against the chancellor's wishes. An influential group of senior CDU members is leading the charge, but Merkel's patience, say allies, is "finite." By Ralf Neukirch and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Exclusive Interview: Obama Fears Further Division of Industrialized Nations

Exclusive Interview: Obama Fears Further Division of Industrialized Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2016

Barack Obama is worried about his legacy. In an exclusive interview with DER SPIEGEL and German public broadcaster ARD, the US president discusses economic responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the plans of his successor Donald Trump. more...

The Great Unknown: Head-Scratching in Berlin over Future US Relations

The Great Unknown: Head-Scratching in Berlin over Future US Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2016

Donald Trump's election caught Berlin by surprise -- and there are considerable reservations about the future US president. Chancellor Merkel has said she is willing to work with him, but has added stipulations. By Florian Gathmann and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]


Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Russian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2016

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]