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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?

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

It is a disastrous start for Angela Merkel's new government: After details of a child pornography investigation were leaked, a cabinet member was forced to resign. Now, the chancellor's new cabinet is consumed by backbiting and mistrust. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Dual Citizenship: Merkel GovernmentáPonders Who Is a German

Dual Citizenship: Merkel GovernmentáPonders Who Is a German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government has promised to introduce dual citizenship for children born to immigrants in Germany. Now, though, the left and right are fighting over what exactly that means. A new integration debate could result. more... Comment ]

Overseas Role: GermanyáMust Back Words With Deeds

Overseas Role: GermanyáMust Back Words With Deeds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

German politicians have won applause abroad for promising a beefier role in international crisis management in the future. But does Chancellor Merkel support the new line? Berlin's behavior in Syria and Ukraine will prove how serious it is about the rethink. A Commentary by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

Foreign Policy Rethink: Germany Weighs Stronger Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen want Germany to assume a greater role in world affairs, including military missions abroad. Their stance marks a break with Angela Merkel's policy of restraint. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Herr Nein: The Bull in the Euro Zone's China Shop

Herr Nein: The Bull in the Euro Zone's China Shop

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2014

German Central Bank head Jens Weidmann has developed a reputation in Europe for saying no to everything. He is skeptical of efforts to save the euro and isn't shy about saying so. But is he right? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. By Veit Medick and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

Germany last week celebrated the coming out of former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger. But discrimination remains a fact of life for gays and lesbians in the country. How truly liberal is German society? By Anna Kistner, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Ann-Katrin MŘller and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident while on Christmas vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman said Monday. She has cancelled appointments and will have to spend much of the next three weeks lying down. more... Comment ]

Conflict of Interest? Ex-Merkel Deputy's Career Move Under Fire

Conflict of Interest? Ex-Merkel Deputy's Career Move Under Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

News organizations are reporting that Angela Merkel's recently departed chief of staff may be heading to German national railway Deutsche Bahn. The move has sparked calls for a ban on government officials fromámoving to the private sector so quickly. more... Comment ]

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

March to The Top: Risky Opportunity for New Defense Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

Ursula von der Leyen has clinched the defense ministry and positioned herself as potential heir to Chancellor Angela Merkel. She's the star of the new cabinet, but she also has formidable rival in Thomas de MaiziŔre, whom she ousted to get her new job. more... Comment ]






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