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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?

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 Maizière, whom she ousted to get her new job. more... Comment ]

Merkel Speech: Chancellor Urges Reforms to Preserve Euro

Merkel Speech: Chancellor Urges Reforms to Preserve Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

In the first parliamentary speech of her third term, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe needs to take more action to make its single currency crisis-proof and urged states to undertake binding economic reforms. more... Comment ]

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

Military in Flux: What's In Store for Ursula von der Leyen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Complex arms procurement projects, confused hierarchies and major reforms are just some of the issues facing future Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. It's certainly a challenge -- but also a huge chance for the conservative politician to make her mark. By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Angela Merkel began her third term as German chancellor on Tuesday after receiving record support in a vote by the country's parliament. more... Comment ]

New German Government: Merkel To Take Office for Third Time

New German Government: Merkel To Take Office for Third Time

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2013

Following a vote by all members of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party, the final hurdle was cleared for conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a new government. Over the weekend, the parties announced their cabinet nominations. more... Comment ]

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

As the dust settled in Berlin, one group came out of last week's coalition deal an unequivocal winner: Germany's lobbyists. When it comes to shaping policy, corporate interests are wielding ever more influence on national politics. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Cold Cases: Germany May Revise Up Statistics in Far-Right Killings

Cold Cases: Germany May Revise Up Statistics in Far-Right Killings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

German authorities may have to sharply revise statistics for the number of people killed by right-wing extremists since 1990. The official figure is around 60, but police combing through unsolved cases have identified a further 746 suspicious slayings or attacks. more... Comment ]

NPD Ban Bid: Germany's Risky Push to Outlaw Far-Right Party

NPD Ban Bid: Germany's Risky Push to Outlaw Far-Right Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Germany launched a new push to outlaw the NPD party on Tuesday amid doubts whether the legal bid will succeed, and whether a ban would significantly curb the country's violent far-right scene. But if the motion fails, right-wing extremism will flourish, analysts warn. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Sex Law Reform: Johns to be Prosecuted for Forced Prostitution

Sex Law Reform: Johns to be Prosecuted for Forced Prostitution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Germany's new coalition government, which is yet to come into office, has agreed to push through a reform of the controversial Prostitution Act in early 2014. For the first time in German history, johns will be prosecuted if they knowingly use the services of prostitutes forced to work in the sex trade. more... Comment ]

Poverty Migration: Berlin Backs UK's 'Benefit Tourism' Offensive 

Poverty Migration: Berlin Backs UK's 'Benefit Tourism' Offensive 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Germany has now stepped into the UK-triggered fray over introducing new restrictions on migration within the EU. The European Commission is enraged, and even conservative EU parliamentarians warn of pandering to populists. By Carsten Volkery and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Asylum Policy: New Coalition Cements Status Quo for Refugees

Asylum Policy: New Coalition Cements Status Quo for Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

German politicians claim Berlin's new government coalition agreement will offer progress on asylum policies. In truth the policies solidify the status quo and ignore the most important issues. An Analysis by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]






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