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Black, Red, Yellow, Green

Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats have taken a beating with their handling of the euro crisis and public in-fighting with their coalition partner, the Free Democrats. How long will the coalition last? And can the Social Democrats or the Green Party force Merkel out of office?

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2017

For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors

'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2017

When the leaders of the world's most powerful economies descend on Hamburg next month, the city will be a virtual fortress with the deployment of 20,000 police. Officials believe violent protests are likely. By Laura Backes, Maik Baumgärtner, Hubert Gude and Gunther Latsch more... Comment ]


A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy. By Wolfram Bickerich more... Comment ]

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]


North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2017

When Chancellor Merkel announced her re-election bid last November, it seemed as though she didn't really want the job. Recently, however, she has rediscovered her drive -- and is convinced that her experience is vital in these uncertain times. By René Pfister more... Comment ]


'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2017

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]