Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2018

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]

CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2018

For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong? By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]


What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2018

In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]