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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?

Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

Step-by-Step Rapprochement: Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

Standing tough on Russia remains official policy, but Germany has begun working on the careful easing of sanctions imposed following Moscow's aggression in Ukraine. The US is opposed, but many in the EU could support the new approach. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'I Can Hardly Breathe Here': German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

'I Can Hardly Breathe Here': German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2016

Cases of sexual assault in German refugee shelters are on the rise, with women and children facing the greatest danger. Despite pleas for help from the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has done little to offer additional protections. By Riham Alkousaa, Julia Klaus, Ann-Katrin Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2016

The rise of the right-wing populist AfD has driven a wedge between Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party. The CSU is now threatening to go it alone, with officials saying they may campaign against the chancellor in the 2017 election.  By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

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 seeking ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing is discussing 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 ]






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