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.

Germany Approves Gay Marriage: Next Stop Constitutional Court?

Germany Approves Gay Marriage: Next Stop Constitutional Court?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2017

On Friday, German parliament passed a law paving the way for gay marriage. But the language of the country's constitution could lead to a serious legal challenge. It may be too soon to celebrate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel's hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany's relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States. By Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Trump and the Paris Agreement: A Turning Point in History

Trump and the Paris Agreement: A Turning Point in History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord marks an epochal shift. With the America no longer reliable, it is time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to look for new partners. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

Irascible Erdogan: Trump Wasn't Only Problem at NATO Summit

Irascible Erdogan: Trump Wasn't Only Problem at NATO Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2017

Germany's conflict with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is escalating following his government's refusal to allow members of parliament to visit German armed forces in the country. But it is unlikely to cause a major breach -- because NATO needs Turkey. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

Mired in a web of scandal and lies back home, Donald Trump embarked on his first international trip this week to the Middle East and Europe. It was seen by the administration as a possible new beginning. But it hasn't worked out that way. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2017

When Chancellor Merkel announced her re-election bid last November, it seemed as though she didn't really want the job. Recently, however, she has rediscovered her drive -- and is convinced that her experience is vital in these uncertain times. By René Pfister more... Comment ]


It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2017

In six months, Germany will go to the polls in a showdown between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz. One issue is set to dominate the campaign: What to do about the European Union. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2017

Angela Merkel is planning a dual strategy for her first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday. She wants to foster close personal relations with the new U.S. president, but she also wants to make clear the Berlin is armed for a trade war against Washington. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]