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 ]

The Other Election: Stalemate in German State of Hesse

The Other Election: Stalemate in German State of Hesse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Voters in the German state of Hesse were also called upon on Sunday to choose a new government. The results of the election were anything but clear and coalition negotiations there promise to be drawn out and tedious. more... Comment ]

Wiped Out: Free Democrats Reel from Election Fiasco

Wiped Out: Free Democrats Reel from Election Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2013

The biggest losers of the German election are the pro-business Free Democrats, who failed to make it into parliament. After decades of playing kingmaker, its spectacular defeat marks a seismic shift in Germany's political landscape. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Life Support for FDP: Merkel's Coalition Partner Needs Help

Life Support for FDP: Merkel's Coalition Partner Needs Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners, the Free Democrats, stumbled badly in Sunday's state election in Bavaria. The party hopes to convince conservatives to lend their votes in the general election next week. But Merkel is in no mood to be generous. more... Comment ]

The Undecided: How Merkel Could Lose

The Undecided: How Merkel Could Lose

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

German voters are deciding later than ever whom to vote for this election cycle. That is not good news for Chancellor Angela Merkel. With party loyalty on the wane, many of her core supporters could defect for tactical reasons at the last minute. By Melanie Amann, Peter Müller and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Peer Steinbrück: 'Merkel's One-Sided Crisis Management Is a Mistake'

Peer Steinbrück: 'Merkel's One-Sided Crisis Management Is a Mistake'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2013

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Peer Steinbrück, the 66-year-old Social Democrat German chancellor candidate, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's strict focus on austerity in the debt crisis has been wrong. He also vows to crack down on tax evaders and raise taxes on high earners. more... Comment ]

Muzzled: Merkel Opponent Put on Short Leash

Muzzled: Merkel Opponent Put on Short Leash

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

Peer Steinbrück, the SPD candidate running against Chancellor Angela Merkel in a September general election, is still seen as a risk to the party's prospects despite a recent boost from Lower Saxony. Damaged by a string of gaffes, he will be kept on a tighter rein and only have a limited say in campaign strategy. By Konstantin von Hammerstein, Horand Knaup, Gordon Repinski, Michael Sauga and Merlind Theile more... Comment ]

He's Back: State Vote Gives Social Democrats New Life 

He's Back: State Vote Gives Social Democrats New Life 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

Political pundits had begun writing off Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democrat nominee to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in general elections this September. But the SPD's victory in Lower Saxony has given the gaffe-prone politician a reprieve. The result shows Merkel is vulnerable despite her popularity. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Merkel Now De Facto Head of Both CDU and FDP'

The World from Berlin: 'Merkel Now De Facto Head of Both CDU and FDP'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

The conservatives may be out of power in Lower Saxony, but the result was not a total debacle for Chancellor Angela Merkel. After 100,000 conservative voters opted to prop up the floundering Free Democrats, she now has control over two center-right parties, say commentators. more...

Opinion: Merkel's Nightmare

Opinion: Merkel's Nightmare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

Things couldn't be going worse for Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. The slim center-left victory in Lower Saxony bodes poorly for the conservative coalition in federal elections this autumn. Now the fight for the Chancellery will get more brutal than the incumbent German leader had imagined. more...

CDU Loses Lower Saxony: State Defeat Heralds Tough Re-Election Fight for Merkel

CDU Loses Lower Saxony: State Defeat Heralds Tough Re-Election Fight for Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a setback in Sunday's state election in Lower Saxony, where her center-right alliance was ousted by the center-left opposition. The defeat comes just eight months before the general election and indicates that her bid for a third term could be tighter than expected. By David Crossland more... Comment ]