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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?

David vs. Goliath: The Unequal Battle Between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel

David vs. Goliath: The Unequal Battle Between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2017

He started with a bang. But for months, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz has been having trouble gaining traction on the campaign trail. Could it be that he doesn't want power badly enough? By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Angela Merkel: 'In Everything I Do, I Aim to Strengthen Democracy'

SPIEGEL Interview with Angela Merkel: 'In Everything I Do, I Aim to Strengthen Democracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2017

Angela Merkel is running for a fourth term in office. DER SPIEGEL speaks with the chancellor about the addiction of power, the influence on politics of Germany's automobile industry and her attempts to win back voters on the right. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Germans on the Eve of the Election: 'I've Never Seen So Much Hate'

Germans on the Eve of the Election: 'I've Never Seen So Much Hate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2017

Psychologist Stephan Grünewald has spent much of his career studying Germans. In a new study, he looked at current political attitudes and discovered raw emotions ahead of the upcoming election. Interview Conducted by Nils Minkmar more... Comment ]

Germany for Germans: U.S. Ad Agency Boosts Right-Wing Populist AfD

Germany for Germans: U.S. Ad Agency Boosts Right-Wing Populist AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2017

To boost its online election campaign, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party has turned to a Texas-based advertising agency for help. The company has worked with Donald Trump. By Melanie Amann more... Comment ]


Uphill Battle: Merkel Challenger Schulz Hopes Debate Will Turn the Tide

Uphill Battle: Merkel Challenger Schulz Hopes Debate Will Turn the Tide

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2017

Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, faces a steep uphill battle if he wants to unseat Angela Merkel. He is hoping that next weekend's debate might breathe new life into his campaign. And he may not be wrong. By Christiane Hoffmann, Alexander Kühn, Veit Medick and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2017

With the Turkish president firing away at Germany at will, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel recently announced that Berlin would take a tougher stance. It hasn't happened. Indeed, Germany may soon have to cough up significant amounts of money for Ankara. By Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Open Season: Erdogan Supporters Attack Turkish-German Politicians

Open Season: Erdogan Supporters Attack Turkish-German Politicians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2017

German politicians with Turkish roots are often insulted and berated on the campaign trail. But xenophobes aren't always to blame. Supporters of Turkish President Erdogan see them as traitors and try to intimidate them. By Katrin Elger and Maria-Mercedes Hering more... Comment ]

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2017

For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors

'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2017

When the leaders of the world's most powerful economies descend on Hamburg next month, the city will be a virtual fortress with the deployment of 20,000 police. Officials believe violent protests are likely. By Laura Backes, Maik Baumgärtner, Hubert Gude and Gunther Latsch more... Comment ]

A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy. By Wolfram Bickerich more... Comment ]