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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 Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east. more...

Franco-German Fragility: Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

Franco-German Fragility: Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2019

Germany's Social Democratic Party was once the party of the working class and knew what it stood for. Lately, though, its lack of a coherent message has left it ineffectual and unpopular. This year will be critical for the SPD's survival. By Christoph Hickmann and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2019

German domestic intelligence officials have taken a closer look at the far-right fringe of the populist party Alternative for Germany. What they found is that the wing's leaders may pose a threat to democracy in the country. By Melanie Amann, Jörg Diehl, Martin Knobbe and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]


German Foreign Minister Maas: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

German Foreign Minister Maas: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2019

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America's rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He's hoping to save the INF. Interview Conducted By Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1. A Commentary by René Pfister more... Comment ]


Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2018

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up. By Melanie Amann, Laura Backes, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]

After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next. By Melanie Amann, Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2018

What's life like for women in the top echelons of German politics? DER SPIEGEL spoke with three former cabinet ministers about their experiences as women in government. Things have improved, they say, but there is still much to be done. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Ann-Katrin Müller more... Comment ]

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2018

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]