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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.

Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2017

The collapse of coalition negotiations in Berlin is a win for political clarity in Germany. The parties involved would hardly have been able to govern effectively together. But it marks the end of Chancellor Merkel's style of governing. A Commentary by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2017

After the collapse of the German coalition talks, the blame game has already begun. Yet all the parties bear responsibility for how the negotiations failed. A Commentary by Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]


Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next? By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2017

Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear. By Anna Reimann more...


Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2017

The business-friendly Free Democrats want the Finance Ministry, but Merkel's conservatives don't want to let it go. Now, plans are afoot to shrink its powers if the FDP insists. The disagreement could torpedo coalition talks. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy. By Melanie Amann, Tobias Hausdorf, Ralf Neukirch and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]


Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The French government has ambitious plans to reform the eurozone, but the German election could derail them. Faced with a surge in right-wing populism and a potential coalition with the fiscally liberal Free Democrats, Angela Merkel may not have the mandate for major changes. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]