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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.

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 ]

Quiet Capitulation: Merkel Slowly Changes Tune on Refugee Issue

Quiet Capitulation: Merkel Slowly Changes Tune on Refugee Issue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2015

After announcing that Germany would not place limits on the number of asylum-seekers it accepts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering a quota system. The turnaround wasn't her choice. By Melanie Amann, Horand Knaup, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Lonely Chancellor: Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

The Lonely Chancellor: Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2015

Until recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was considered to be the most powerful politician in Europe. But now, her approach to the refugee crisis has her under fire at home and in Brussels. Can she survive? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees

Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2015

Conservative political allies are turning their backs on Chancellor Angela Merkel in the refugee crisis. Now, powerful Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer has threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court. more... Comment ]

Mother Angela: Merkel's Refugee Policy Divides Europe

Mother Angela: Merkel's Refugee Policy Divides Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2015

Germans long knew their chancellor as a rational, deliberate decision maker. But in the refugee crisis, a new Merkel has emerged, driven by empathy. Increasingly, it is looking like the emotion-driven Merkel is prone to error. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Unapologetic, Unequivocal: The Real Merkel Finally Stands up

Unapologetic, Unequivocal: The Real Merkel Finally Stands up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week defended her embrace of refugees with an uncharacteristic outburst of compassion that is likely to go down in history. In doing so, she finally revealed a bit of her true political thinking. A Commentary by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]