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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 Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2017

Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election as SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2017

Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2017

Germany is way behind on its emissions reduction goals, but coalition talks currently underway in Berlin aren't likely to help. Instead of embracing the shift to renewables as an economic opportunity, wariness of future technologies remains. By Frank Dohmen and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Hit Finance Ministry Snag

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2017

The business-friendly Free Democrats want the Finance Ministry, but Merkel's conservatives don't want to let it go. Now, plans are afoot to shrink its powers if the FDP insists. The disagreement could torpedo coalition talks. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Right-Wing Unpopulists: Germany's AfD Struggling to Find Staffers in Berlin

Right-Wing Unpopulists: Germany's AfD Struggling to Find Staffers in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2017

The Alternative for Germany managed to make its way into German parliament. But now, the right-wing populists are struggling to find experienced staffers willing to work for them. The party has turned to headhunters and "bounties" to fill the gap. By Veit Medick, Benedikt Becker and Melanie Amann more... Comment ]

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy. By Melanie Amann, Tobias Hausdorf, Ralf Neukirch and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]


Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2017

When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]