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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?

Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2016

The right-wing populist, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany party is establishing ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing has forged an alliance with the youth movement of Putin's party United Russia. The AfD is also courting Russian-German voters. By Melanie Amann and Pavel Lokshin more... Comment ]

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2016

With her refugee policies, Chancellor Merkel has isolated Germany to a greater degree than any of her predecessors. The Balkan Route has been closed down against her will and many EU leaders believe her overtures to Turkey are delusional. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Stability used to define Germany's political system. But the refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape. The rise of the fringe has eroded the traditional centers of power. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now? By Markus Feldenkirchen and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Last of His Kind: What Helmut Schmidt Meant to Germany and the World

The Last of His Kind: What Helmut Schmidt Meant to Germany and the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2015

He was respected as chancellor, and adored as elder statesman. Helmut Schmidt's long and full life made him a historical figure -- one who transformed Germany with his deeds and words. By Hartmut Palmer and Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

The Lonely Chancellor: Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

The Lonely Chancellor: Merkel Under Fire as Refugee Crisis Worsens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2015

Until recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was considered to be the most powerful politician in Europe. But now, her approach to the refugee crisis has her under fire at home and in Brussels. Can she survive? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'We're Under Water': Germany Shows Signs of Strain from Mass of Refugees

'We're Under Water': Germany Shows Signs of Strain from Mass of Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2015

The unceasing influx of refugees is creating tremendous uncertainty in Germany. Many towns and cities are calling for help and the government appears to be rudderless. Pressure is mounting for Chancellor Angela Merkel to act. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Refugee Challenge: 'It's Mostly the Politicians Who Have Been Overwhelmed'

Germany's Refugee Challenge: 'It's Mostly the Politicians Who Have Been Overwhelmed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2015

Doubt has lately begun creeping into the German refugee debate, but integration specialist Naika Foroutan says that the new Germany has sent its message loudly and clearly: "We can absorb the refugees!" Interview Conducted by Frank Hornig and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Reaching the Limit: 'The Number of Immigrants Has To Fall'

Reaching the Limit: 'The Number of Immigrants Has To Fall'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2015

In a guest editorial, Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor, both from the center-left Social Democrats, argue that Germany cannot accept an unlimited number of refugees. A Commentary by Sigmar Gabriel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier more... Comment ]

Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees

Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2015

Conservative political allies are turning their backs on Chancellor Angela Merkel in the refugee crisis. Now, powerful Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer has threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court. more... Comment ]






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