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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?

'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 ]


Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2017

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2017

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2017

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences. By Melanie Amann, Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2017

Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2017

With the surprise announcement that Martin Schulz, until recently the head of the European Parliament, will be the Social Democrats' chancellor candidate this fall, the German political landscape has undergone a tectonic shift. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel must prepare for a real fight. By Matthias Bartsch, Sven Böll, Markus Feldenkirchen, Valerie Höhne, Horand Knaup and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

In a SPIEGEL interview, Pulitzer-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum talks about what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2017

In the wake of the Berlin terror attack, leading German politicians have begun demanding changes to the country's security architecture. With fall elections approaching, the issue is set to dominate the campaign. But there's also a danger of going too far. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2016

The attack on Berlin has the potential for shaking up German politics. Angela Merkel said what she needed to say, but her task of reuniting the country ahead of next fall's general election just became more difficult. By Severin Weiland and Philipp Wittrock more...