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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?

Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2018

Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter. more...

The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2018

Angela Merkel has fundamentally changed German politics. With the country's parties focusing on the chancellor rather than true political debate, it's impossible to know who or what might come next. An Essay by René Pfister more... Comment ]


After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2018

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. By Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape. By Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2018

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever. By Melanie Amann, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

SPD leader Martin Schulz twice ruled out a continuation of the grand coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. Now, though, he has little choice but to consider such an alliance anyway. He speaks with DER SPIEGEL about what that means for him, his party, Germany and Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Veit Medick more... Comment ]


Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

With Angela Merkel's first effort at assembling a governing coalition having failed, a run-back of her current alliance with the Social Democrats appears likely. That, though, is hardly something to look forward to. And may not happen at all. By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]

Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

Hello? Anybody Home? Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2017

After the German election, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for far-reaching EU reforms. But with coalition talks having collapsed in Germany, Berlin suddenly has no voice. Some in Brussels are yearning for a return of the SPD. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]