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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?

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...

Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2016

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are turning right ahead of her upcoming re-election campaign and they are doing so against the chancellor's wishes. An influential group of senior CDU members is leading the charge, but Merkel's patience, say allies, is "finite." By Ralf Neukirch and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2016

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Digital Democracy: How Google and Facebook Can Reshape Elections

Digital Democracy: How Google and Facebook Can Reshape Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2016

As their reach has grown, social networks have become true political players: They can mobilize voters and bombard specific users with a candidate's content. Next year's German federal election will likely be the country's first data-driven campaign, and some lawmakers are worried. By Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]


Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2016

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Merkel's Challenge: Navigating the Post-Fact Era

Merkel's Challenge: Navigating the Post-Fact Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2016

Angela Merkel used to be celebrated for her composed determination and sober analysis of the facts. Now, though, her refusal to own up to her mistakes makes her look stubborn -- and facts have lost their importance. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]