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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?

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 ]


CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2018

For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong? By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2018

In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Far-Right Populism: How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country

Far-Right Populism: How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2018

Founded only five years ago, the Alternative for Germany has grown from a marginal party to a game-changer in federal and state politics -- and become ever more radical. Is it a testament to the strength of German democracy, or a threat to it? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2018

The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cast doubt on whether foreigners were attacked by right-wing extremists in Chemnitz recently. And now he has become a significant problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Mega Railway Expansion: Berlin Courts Prestige Project with Turkey Amid Tensions

Mega Railway Expansion: Berlin Courts Prestige Project with Turkey Amid Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2018

In secret talks, the German government is seeking to push forward a massive project to modernize Turkey's railways. Berlin may help finance the multibillion-euro project, but faces criticism for cooperating with the autocrat from Ankara. more... Comment ]

Interview with Wolfgang Ischinger: 'We Are Experiencing an Epochal Shift'

Interview with Wolfgang Ischinger: 'We Are Experiencing an Epochal Shift'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, former German Ambassador to Washington Wolfgang Ischinger says that U.S. President Donald Trump is endangering the world order. For Germany, the epochal shift amounts to no less than a loss of identity. Interview Conducted by Britta Sandberg and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]