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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?

Three Key Elections: Super Sunday Poses Multiple Threats to Merkel

Three Key Elections: Super Sunday Poses Multiple Threats to Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2012

It could be an uncomfortable weekend for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with three crunch votes taking place on Sunday. Elections in Greece and France could torpedo her strategy to solve the euro crisis if voters reject pro-austerity candidates, while a state election in Germany may weaken her conservatives domestically. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]

The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics

The Grand Experiment: German Pirate Party Attempts to Reinvent Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2012

Germany's Pirate Party has gone from a tiny group of hackers to a significant force in an astoundingly short amount of time. Its growing pains are obvious to all, but the party could succeed in fundamentally changing German politics. First it must agree on what it stands for. By Sven Becker, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Peter Müller, Marcel Rosenbach and Merlind Theile more...

Controversial Boast: Pirate Politician Says Party 'Rising as Fast as Nazis'

Controversial Boast: Pirate Politician Says Party 'Rising as Fast as Nazis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2012

A senior member of Germany's Pirate Party has provoked fierce criticism by likening its rapid rise to that of Adolf Hitler's NSDAP party. Martin Delius, floor leader in the Berlin city-state parliament, has apologized for his remark, which has heightened concern that the free-speech party is too lax in its stance towards the far right. more... Comment ]

Intellectual Property Debate: Artists Turn Against Pirate Party

Intellectual Property Debate: Artists Turn Against Pirate Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2012

The rise of the Pirate Party has been swift and virtually without opposition, but resistance is now emerging. Writers and musicians have a problem with the Internet-freedom party's approach to intellectual property. By Sven Becker, Jan Fleischhauer and René Pfister more...

The World from Berlin: 'The Pirate Problem Cannot Be Solved Militarily'

The World from Berlin: 'The Pirate Problem Cannot Be Solved Militarily'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved an expansion of the EU's anti-pirate mission off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday to allow military strikes on land. German commentators share the opposition's skepticism and worries about risk. more...

European Pirates Ahoy? Pirates Aim to Echo German Success Across Continent

European Pirates Ahoy? Pirates Aim to Echo German Success Across Continent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2012

The surprise success of the German Pirate Party is fuelling a pan-European trend. Pirates from 20 countries gathered in Prague over the weekend to cement an international network -- but they are still a long way off from establishing a Europe-wide party. By Annett Meiritz in Prague more...

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2012

For decades, Nobel laureate Günter Grass has supported Germany's Social Democrats on the campaign trail. Despite massive critique of the author's recent poem about Israel, SPD head Sigmar Gabriel defends Grass in an interview with SPIEGEL. He also says that the Pirate Party still has a lot to learn. more... Comment ]

Political Revolution in Germany: Pirates Country's Third Strongest Party in New Poll

Political Revolution in Germany: Pirates Country's Third Strongest Party in New Poll

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2012

Germany's Pirate Party may still be hammering out their platform, but that doesn't seem to bother voters. Riding a wave of new popularity following a recent state election success, the Internet freedom advocates have gained record support in a national poll. more...

Wooing the Workers: Merkel Shifting Left to Boost Re-Election Chances

Wooing the Workers: Merkel Shifting Left to Boost Re-Election Chances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2012

Angela Merkel is beating the opposition Social Democrats at their own game by making pensioners and workers happy with policies designed to show she is committed to social equality. She wants to deprive the SPD of all ammunition ahead of her campaign for a third term in the 2013 election. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

Letter from Berlin: Merkel Partner Hopes Confrontation Leads to Survival

Letter from Berlin: Merkel Partner Hopes Confrontation Leads to Survival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been making policy concessions to her ailing coalition partner, the pro-business FDP, in a bid to 'keep it above water,' as one advisor puts it. But the party is bent on confrontation with the conservatives, which it sees as the only way to sharpen its profile and win back voters. By Merlind Theile more...






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