The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be. By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2018

Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2018

With the Social Democrats having approved a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany finally has a government. Despite the breakthrough, however, enthusiasm is in short supply in Berlin. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2018

A wave of political change is crashing over Germany and the country's once-proud big-tent parties are in a state of crisis. As frightening as the development may be, it also presents an opportunity. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr 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 ]

Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?

Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2018

Germany used to be an anchor of international stability. But that's changing. The political chaos surrounding Angela Merkel's attempts to create a new government serve as a warning that the country is not immune to factors that are destabilizing other European countries. A Commentary By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]


Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2018

It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2018

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. By Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2018

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever. By Melanie Amann, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]