German Election

The Deal Makers Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

12/04/2013 | By SPIEGEL Staff
The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

As the dust settled in Berlin, one group came out of last week's coalition deal an unequivocal winner: Germany's lobbyists. When it comes to shaping policy, corporate interests are wielding ever more influence on national politics. more...

Pushover Party Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

10/30/2013 | A Commentary By Gregor Peter Schmitz
Pushover Party: Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

In coalition negotiations, the center-left Social Democrats appear to have backed off on their demands to control the Finance Ministry. Relinquishing the post would mean letting Angela Merkel trample over them -- and abandoning their push to move Germany's Europe policy to the left. more...

Affirmative Action SPD Women Want Gender Quota from Merkel

10/01/2013
Affirmative Action: SPD Women Want Gender Quota from Merkel

Female members of Germany's Social Democrats want a coalition government with Merkel's conservatives to be contingent on a gender quota for company boards. Battered in the election, the SPD's men may now take these calls seriously. more...

Wiped Out Free Democrats Reel from Election Fiasco

09/22/2013 | By Severin Weiland
Wiped Out: Free Democrats Reel from Election Fiasco

The biggest losers of the German election are the pro-business Free Democrats, who failed to make it into parliament. After decades of playing kingmaker, its spectacular defeat marks a seismic shift in Germany's political landscape. more...

Merkel Country Trouble Ahead for Triumphant Queen Angela

09/22/2013 | A Commentary by Roland Nelles
Merkel Country: Trouble Ahead for Triumphant Queen Angela

It hardly gets any more exciting, more enthralling or more spectacular. This 2013 German election represents a watershed. The chancellor has triumphed, and her coalition partners the pro-business Free Democrats are shattered. Germany is well and truly Angela Merkel country. more...

Mini-Drone Incident Shows Security Failings

09/20/2013 | By Friederike Heine
Mini-Drone Incident Shows Security Failings

Last week, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which is responsible for Chancellor Angela Merkel's security during the run-up to the election on Sept. 22, cemented its already muddied reputation by failing to take action at a campaign event in Dresden when a miniature drone circled above the audience. more...

Why Many Former East Germans Don't Vote

09/19/2013 | By Friederike Heine
Why Many Former East Germans Don't Vote

Nearly a quarter of a century after German reunification, Chancellor Angela Merkel still favors dishes that were common in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). "Solyanka," a sour soup with meat and pickled vegetables originating in Russia, still appears regularly on her dinner table, and likely those of many former East Germans. more...

New Poll Sees Euroskeptics in Parliament

09/19/2013 | By Charles Hawley
New Poll Sees Euroskeptics in Parliament

Could the euroskeptic party Alternative for Germany (AfD) make it into parliament after all? A new poll released by tabloid Bild on Thursday seems to indicate just that. According to the survey, conducted by Erfurt-based polling institute INSA, 5 percent of those asked said they plan to vote for AfD on Sunday, which would be just enough to clear the threshold for sending representatives to the Bundestag. more...

Poll Suggests Happy People Mean Boring Politics

09/18/2013 | By Friederike Heine
Poll Suggests Happy People Mean Boring Politics

It's no secret that economic prosperity during an election season favors the incumbent. The fact that Germany has strongly rebounded from the financial crisis in the last half-decade bodes well for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose Christian Democrats (CDU) are seeking re-election for a third term on Sunday. more...

Political Parties Shifting to the Left

09/17/2013 | By Friederike Heine
Political Parties Shifting to the Left

It is hard to refute the idea that Angela Merkel, after eight years as chancellor, has made an indelible mark on Germany's political landscape. The irony is that the Christian Democrats' leader, who is known for her conservative views on tax policy and gay rights, is partly responsible for a cross-party shift to the left. more...




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