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.

Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2016

Chancellor Merkel has decided to push back her announcement as to whether she intends to run for a fourth term as chancellor, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The delay is the product of an unresolved dispute with her Bavarian sister party, the CSU. more...

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

In response to Brexit, European Commission President Juncker wants deeper EU integration. German Chancellor Merkel does not. SPIEGEL takes you inside the vast EU power struggle triggered by the UK referendum. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

The common reaction by the German media to Brexit is that Leave voters are either old fools or made a mistake. But their answer to Britain's departure -- to transfer even greater power to Brussels -- is equally delusional. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]


Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

Angela Merkel is known for her dispassionate objectivity. But when it comes to Brexit, a bit more emotion is needed. Change is necessary in the European Union, but the German chancellor seems uninterested in leading the charge. A Commentary by Sebastian Fischer more...

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2016

Closed-door meetings, crisis talks, hastily arranged diplomatic consultations: Since the British voted to leave the EU, officials in Berlin have been rushing to figure out how to respond. What happens next? By Sebastian Fischer, Florian Gathmann, Matthias Gebauer, Annett Meiritz and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]


Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2016

The conflict between Europe and Ankara over visa freedoms for Turkish citizens is escalating and Chancellor Merkel's refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Neither side is willing to back down. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2016

The rise of the right-wing populist AfD has driven a wedge between Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party. The CSU is now threatening to go it alone, with officials saying they may campaign against the chancellor in the 2017 election.  By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Erdogan and the Satirist: Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

Erdogan and the Satirist: Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2016

With his insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan, Jan Böhmermann has triggered an affair of state. Now, Chancellor Merkel has elected to allow legal proceedings against the German comedian. What, though, was Böhmermann's intent? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2016

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]