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 ]

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2017

When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel. By Markus Feldenkirchen 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 ]


The AfD Heartland: A Visit to Germany's Flyover Country

The AfD Heartland: A Visit to Germany's Flyover Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany raked in over 30 percent of the vote in many areas of the eastern state of Saxony. It is a region with few foreigners but plenty of anti-immigrant sentiment. Why? By Heike Klovert in Wilsdruff, Germany more... Comment ]

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The French government has ambitious plans to reform the eurozone, but the German election could derail them. Faced with a surge in right-wing populism and a potential coalition with the fiscally liberal Free Democrats, Angela Merkel may not have the mandate for major changes. By Peter Müller 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 ]

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD

German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Big 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. Our full English-language election analysis. more...

Election Aftermath: A New Germany

Election Aftermath: A New Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

The Alternative for Germany's entry into the German parliament is not normal -- it's an attack on our liberal democracy, one that all the other parties must fight. That's just one reason that going into opposition is the right decision by the Social Democrats. A Commentary By Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is celebrating its first-ever seats in the German parliament and has vowed to shake up Berlin politics. But there are doubts as to whether the party can maintain discipline. By Christian Teevs 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 ]