The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2018

The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cast doubt on whether foreigners were attacked by right-wing extremists in Chemnitz recently. And now he has become a significant problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2018

From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel. By Melanie Amann, Anna Clauß, Markus Feldenkirchen, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It

Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2018

With his threat to resign on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dramatically increased the chances that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government might collapse. And he may have sounded the death knell of Germany's party system as well. An Editorial by Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Germany's Conservative Meltdown: The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

Germany's Conservative Meltdown: The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2018

With the chancellor under heavy fire from Bavarian conservatives, Germany's political landscape may be facing radical upheaval. Angela Merkel might lose her job and the country's traditional center-right partnership could soon end. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]

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 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 ]