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Die Kanzlerin

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.

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

NSA What? Spying Scandal Unlikely to Dominate Merkel's US Visit

NSA What? Spying Scandal Unlikely to Dominate Merkel's US Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2014

German Chancellor Merkel expects little progress in clarifying the NSA affair in Washington this week. She is still angered by US spying on her cell phone communications, but will instead address the Ukraine crisis and free trade with President Obama. By Nikolaus Blome, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Investigating Surveillance: German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena

Investigating Surveillance: German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2014

Berlin has insisted it wants to scrutinize NSA spying in Germany. But actually inviting Edward Snowden to testify before a paraliamentary investigation is proving delicate. Some in Chancellor Merkel's party are now casting doubt on Snowden's suitability as a witness. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Sieg in Brüssel: Industrie darf Ökostromrabatte behalten

Sieg in Brüssel: Industrie darf Ökostromrabatte behalten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Die deutsche Industrie kann aufatmen: Anders als befürchtet müssen die Unternehmen keine Preisnachlässe für die Förderung von Ökostrom zurückzahlen. Die EU-Kommission kam der Bundesregierung auf voller Linie entgegen. mehr... Forum ]

'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2014

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation? By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

Dancing with the Bear: Merkel Seeks a Hardline on Putin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent many years trying to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin. But even she didn't expect him to annex Crimea. Now, she and her European counterparts are struggling to come up with a response. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Reformpläne: Arbeitgeber lesen Merkel die Leviten

Reformpläne: Arbeitgeber lesen Merkel die Leviten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

Rente mit 63, gesetzlicher Mindestlohn, Energiewende: Die Spitzenverbände der deutschen Wirtschaft hadern mit den Reformbemühungen der Bundesregierung. Sie befürchten über kurz oder lang eine Schwächung des Standorts. mehr...

Außenminister im Baltikum: Steinmeier auf Beruhigungs-Tour

Außenminister im Baltikum: Steinmeier auf Beruhigungs-Tour

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

Frank-Walter Steinmeier reist durch die baltischen Staaten. Der Außenminister will den schärfsten Kritikern der deutschen Russland-Politik zeigen, dass er ihre Sorge vor Moskaus Expansionsdrang in der Ukraine-Krise ernst nimmt. Auch seine politische Reputation steht auf dem Spiel. Aus Tallinn und Riga berichtet Ralf Neukirch mehr... Forum ]

Industriepolitik: BDI-Chef wirft Merkel Konzeptlosigkeit vor

Industriepolitik: BDI-Chef wirft Merkel Konzeptlosigkeit vor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

"Keine Projekte, keine Richtung": Deutschlands oberster Industrielobbyist geht mit Kanzlerin Merkel hart ins Gericht. Es finde ein leiser Abschied der Wirtschaft statt, doch die Regierung kümmere sich lieber um Frauenquoten, sagte BDI-Chef Ulrich Grillo der "FAZ". mehr... Forum ]