Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy. By Melanie Amann, Tobias Hausdorf, Ralf Neukirch and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]


Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2017

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2017

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences. By Melanie Amann, Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult 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 ]