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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?

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2016

Chancellor Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2016

The state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gave the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany a significant boost. It is a challenge for Chancellor Merkel and the entire country. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]


Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2016

Chancellor Merkel has decided to push back her announcement as to whether she intends to run for a fourth term as chancellor, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The delay is the product of an unresolved dispute with her Bavarian sister party, the CSU. more...

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2016

In the wake of recent attacks, Germany's conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]