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 ]

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 ]