State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2017

Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2016

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2016

The state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gave the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany a significant boost. It is a challenge for Chancellor Merkel and the entire country. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]


Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2016

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Election Hangover: The Right Wing Takes Flight

Germany's Election Hangover: The Right Wing Takes Flight

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2016

Every mainstream political party in Germany threw its support behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies -- forcing doubters into the open arms of the right-wing populists. It's time for German politicians to be clearer about where they stand. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]


Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2016

Angela Merkel has repeatedly said that it will take time to solve the refugee crisis. But impatience is growing, particularly following the sexual assaults in Cologne. Voices of discontent are getting louder and the chancellor's hold on power may be weakening. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Angela's Agenda: A Grand, Controversial Plan for Europe

Angela's Agenda: A Grand, Controversial Plan for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

Angela Merkel's domestic policy in her third term will likely be confined to higher spending. But she has grand plans for Europe. SPIEGEL has learned she wants Brussels to have far more power over national budgets. It's a risky move that EU partners and the Social Democrats are likely to oppose. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]