Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Germany must look abroad to make up for its shortage of highly skilled workers. But a series of obstacles, including daunting bureaucracy, stand in the way of foreign specialists looking to relocate. By Maximilian Popp and Janko Tietz more... Comment ]

Round Two of Talks: Grand Coalition Looks Increasingly Likely

Round Two of Talks: Grand Coalition Looks Increasingly Likely

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

Angela Merkel's conservatives are holding their second round of preliminary coalition talks with the Social Democrats Monday and there's speculation that the parties could reach a deal sooner than expected. A government could be formed by mid-November. more... Comment ]

In a Hurry: Merkel Wants Coalition Partner in Two Weeks

In a Hurry: Merkel Wants Coalition Partner in Two Weeks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2013

By the time the new parliament holds its first meeting on Oct. 22, Chancellor Merkel wants to know which opposition party she'll be governing with. But it could take much longer to complete the actual coalition talks. more... Comment ]

End of the Ride: Free Democrats Clear Out Offices

End of the Ride: Free Democrats Clear Out Offices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

Voted out of parliament in September, Germany's business-friendly Free Democratic Party is in the grips of an existential crisis. It has laid off 500 employees and faces an extremely uncertain future. more... Comment ]

Democratic Deficit: Is Germany's Parliamentary Hurdle Obsolete?

Democratic Deficit: Is Germany's Parliamentary Hurdle Obsolete?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

Last month's election saw nearly 7 million Germans voting for parties that ultimately fell short of the 5 percent hurdle required to win seats in parliament. Political scientists are arguing for the threshold to be lowered or eliminated to ensure democratic legitimacy. By Melanie Amann, Thomas Darnstädt and Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Narrow Failure: Will Germany's Anti-Euro AFD Party Implode?

Narrow Failure: Will Germany's Anti-Euro AFD Party Implode?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

Germany's euroskeptic Alternative for Germany party came tantalizingly close to the threshold needed for parliamentary representation in Sunday's election. But it failed. Now members are worried that the young party could unravel. more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: The SPD 'Has to Negotiate' with Merkel

World From Berlin: The SPD 'Has to Negotiate' with Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

The Social Democrats hate the idea of a coalition with Angela Merkel, but media commentators say the party will probably have to accept one -- and could even benefit if it extracts the right price. A Merkel coalition with the Greens is possible, but unlikely. more... Comment ]

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Angela Merkel's tough-nosed euro policies have divided the Continent and earned her a reputation for coldness. Now that the election has strengthened her hand and freed her of pesky partners, she has a chance to reshape her stance. A Commentary by Stefan Kaiser more... Comment ]

Merkel's Test: Reluctant SPD to Extract High Price for Coalition

Merkel's Test: Reluctant SPD to Extract High Price for Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Despite Angela Merkel's landslide win, it could take months for Germany to form a coalition. She's only five seats short of a majority but the SPD, stung by its last foray into government with the chancellor, will extract a high price -- and may say no altogether. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

The Europe Question: Will Coalition Mean End of Austerity Angie?

The Europe Question: Will Coalition Mean End of Austerity Angie?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Angela Merkel clearly won Sunday's German election, but she will need a coalition partner. Many in Europe are hoping an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats would mean a change in the chancellor's harsh austerity policies. Those hopes may be dashed. By Charles Hawley and Daryl Lindsey more... Comment ]

Coalition Wrangling: SPD Plays Coy as Merkel Puts Out Feelers

Coalition Wrangling: SPD Plays Coy as Merkel Puts Out Feelers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Angela Merkel, in a hurry to find a coalition after Sunday's election, contacted the center-left Social Democrats on Monday to set up talks. But the SPD stalled her and made clear she will have to make policy concessions if she wants them on board. more... Comment ]

Party Shake-Up: FDP Leader Steps Down after Election Debacle

Party Shake-Up: FDP Leader Steps Down after Election Debacle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Germany's Free Democrats had never fallen below 5 percent in a general election -- until Sunday. As a result, the party faces major restructuring of its leadership, with chairman Philipp Rösler being the first to resign on Monday. more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Triumph Confirms 'Era of Merkelism'

World From Berlin: Triumph Confirms 'Era of Merkelism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Angela Merkel is at the zenith of her power. Her historic election win on Sunday reflects how deeply Germans appreciate her no-nonsense, frugal Hausfrau style of governing, say editorials. But she now needs to address domestic reforms to secure her legacy. more... Comment ]