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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?

The Diesel Delusion: Court Ruling Could Change Future of Mobility in Germany

The Diesel Delusion: Court Ruling Could Change Future of Mobility in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2018

A major court ruling in Germany on Tuesday means that millions of diesel cars may soon be banned from city centers in the country. The verdict clearly exposes the vast failings of German policymakers over the years and their cozy relationship with the automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political System Is at Stake'

CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political System Is at Stake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2018

With Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer having been appointed to general secretary of the conservative Christian Democrats, many see her as Angela Merkel's possible successor. DER SPIEGEL spoke with her about what the CDU must do to remain relevant and the things that make her different from the chancellor. Interview Conducted by Melanie Amann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2018

A wave of political change is crashing over Germany and the country's once-proud big-tent parties are in a state of crisis. As frightening as the development may be, it also presents an opportunity. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2018

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2018

It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]