The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2016

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2016

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2016

For months, the refugee policy rift between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her nominal political ally Horst Seehofer, the powerful governor of Bavaria, has been widening. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Seehofer says the rift could worsen if Merkel doesn't agree to a hard ceiling on immigration. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2016

Chancellor Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2016

The rise of the right-wing populist AfD has driven a wedge between Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party. The CSU is now threatening to go it alone, with officials saying they may campaign against the chancellor in the 2017 election.  By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Stability used to define Germany's political system. But the refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape. The rise of the fringe has eroded the traditional centers of power. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

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 ]


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 ]

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 ]