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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.

Violence in Ukraine: Yanukovych Forces EU into Sanctions

Violence in Ukraine: Yanukovych Forces EU into Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2014

The EU resisted the idea of imposing sanctions on Ukraine for a long time. With violence in Kiev intensifying, however, Brussels has little choice. But what can Europe really do? By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

It is a disastrous start for Angela Merkel's new government: After details of a child pornography investigation were leaked, a cabinet member was forced to resign. Now, the chancellor's new cabinet is consumed by backbiting and mistrust. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Overseas Role: Germany Must Back Words With Deeds

Overseas Role: Germany Must Back Words With Deeds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

German politicians have won applause abroad for promising a beefier role in international crisis management in the future. But does Chancellor Merkel support the new line? Berlin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine will prove how serious it is about the rethink. A Commentary by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Arms Exports: Berlin Backs Large Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

Arms Exports: Berlin Backs Large Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

Berlin has often been criticized in recent years for selling weapons to questionable regimes. Now, the German government is backing a billion-euro deal for 100 patrol boats. more... Comment ]

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen want Germany to assume a greater role in world affairs, including military missions abroad. Their stance marks a break with Angela Merkel's policy of restraint. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Warnung vor staatlicher Regulierung: Bundespräsident Gauck verteidigt Neoliberalismus

Warnung vor staatlicher Regulierung: Bundespräsident Gauck verteidigt Neoliberalismus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2014

Es ist ein eindringlicher Appell für mehr Wettbewerb und gegen einen zu stark regulierenden Staat: Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck hat in einer Festrede den Neoliberalismus verteidigt. Er nannte es "merkwürdig", dass der Begriff so negativ besetzt sei. mehr... Forum ]

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. By Veit Medick and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

Germany last week celebrated the coming out of former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger. But discrimination remains a fact of life for gays and lesbians in the country. How truly liberal is German society? By Anna Kistner, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Ann-Katrin Müller and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident while on Christmas vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman said Monday. She has cancelled appointments and will have to spend much of the next three weeks lying down. more... Comment ]

Isolated in Brussels: Merkel Clashes with EU Commission

Isolated in Brussels: Merkel Clashes with EU Commission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 02, 2014

Even as the euro crisis grows less acute, Europe is stuck. The European Commission is resisting any loss of its power, and many member states are tired of German dominance. Opponents of Europe, including those in Merkel's camp, sense an opportunity. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]