The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

It is a disastrous start for Angela Merkel's new government: After details of a child pornography investigation were leaked, a cabinet member was forced to resign. Now, the chancellor's new cabinet is consumed by backbiting and mistrust. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Angela Merkel began her third term as German chancellor on Tuesday after receiving record support in a vote by the country's parliament. more... Comment ]

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Germany must look abroad to make up for its shortage of highly skilled workers. But a series of obstacles, including daunting bureaucracy, stand in the way of foreign specialists looking to relocate. By Maximilian Popp and Janko Tietz more... Comment ]

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

As the dust settled in Berlin, one group came out of last week's coalition deal an unequivocal winner: Germany's lobbyists. When it comes to shaping policy, corporate interests are wielding ever more influence on national politics. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

Germany's next government is expected to shower the country with goodies including a minimum wage and an earlier retirement age. Editorialists warn the extra spending sends the wrong message and will be costly for the next generation. more...

Grand Coalition: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

Grand Coalition: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Angela Merkel's incoming government is promising a little something for everyone, but it will all come at a price of billions. Those costs are likely to be fobbed off on either the next government or generation. A Commentary By Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Coalition Deal: Merkel Reaches Agreement on Next Government

Coalition Deal: Merkel Reaches Agreement on Next Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Weeks of talks ended early Wednesday morning with a contract between Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats to form Germany's next government. The deal still faces a difficult vote by all SPD members in December. more... Comment ]