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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.

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2016

With her refugee policies, Chancellor Merkel has isolated Germany to a greater degree than any of her predecessors. The Balkan Route has been closed down against her will and many EU leaders believe her overtures to Turkey are delusional. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: Dangerous Liaisons

Opinion: Dangerous Liaisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2016

Unable to reach an internal agreement, the EU has turned to Turkey in an effort to solve the refugee crisis. But by doing so, Europe is strengthening President Erdogan's position as he transforms his country into a Putin-style autocracy. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel's Humane Refugee Policies Have Failed

Opinion: Merkel's Humane Refugee Policies Have Failed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Last September, Angela Merkel opened Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria. Her calculation that the rest of Europe would support her backfired. She now finds herself isolated at home and abroad as conditions worsen for asylum-seekers. By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2016

Angela Merkel has held six meetings with the Turkish government in the hopes of forging a solution to the refugee crisis. But with most of the leverage in Ankara, progress has been slow. Worse yet, Berlin's plan has split the EU into two rival camps. By Horand Knaup, Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2016

The brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe. more... Comment ]

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now? By Markus Feldenkirchen and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Stemming the Flow: Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

Stemming the Flow: Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2016

Officially, the German government wants a Europe-wide solution to the Continent's mounting refugee problem. Behind the scenes, though, Berlin is searching for a Plan B to solve the crisis. Is the country moving closer to closing its borders? By Dietmar Hipp, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2016

Angela Merkel has repeatedly said that it will take time to solve the refugee crisis. But impatience is growing, particularly following the sexual assaults in Cologne. Voices of discontent are getting louder and the chancellor's hold on power may be weakening. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society are identifying with the movement -- even as political debate coarsens and violence increases. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel's Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen

Coalition of the Unwilling: Merkel's Plan B Could Mean End of Schengen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to find a resolution to the refugee crisis with the help of Turkey is encountering significant resistance. Berlin and Brussels are already considering alternatives, but it could mean the end of border-free travel in large parts of Europe. By Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]