Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2018

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2018

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. By Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2017

The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


Collapse: Germany Seeks to Pick Up the Pieces

Collapse: Germany Seeks to Pick Up the Pieces

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2017

With coalition talks having collapsed, the country and the continent are now wondering what happens next. Blame is being heaped on the FDP, but the party could end up suffering mightily. Germany and Europe, meanwhile, are the biggest losers. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2017

The collapse of coalition negotiations in Berlin is a win for political clarity in Germany. The parties involved would hardly have been able to govern effectively together. But it marks the end of Chancellor Merkel's style of governing. A Commentary by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next? By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2017

Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear. By Anna Reimann more...


Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2017

Germany is way behind on its emissions reduction goals, but coalition talks currently underway in Berlin aren't likely to help. Instead of embracing the shift to renewables as an economic opportunity, wariness of future technologies remains. By Frank Dohmen and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2017

The business-friendly Free Democrats want the Finance Ministry, but Merkel's conservatives don't want to let it go. Now, plans are afoot to shrink its powers if the FDP insists. The disagreement could torpedo coalition talks. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]