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 ]


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 ]

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as German chancellor, but her coalition partners for the last four years, the Social Democrats, have likely received their worst result since World War II. The right-wing populist AfD has secured more than 13 percent of the vote. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]


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 ]