Punishing the Young: German Pension Reforms a Gift for the Elderly

Punishing the Young: German Pension Reforms a Gift for the Elderly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

Berlin's incoming government is expected to institute a wave of pension reform that could exacerbate inequality, burden workers and create huge budget headaches. So why are the parties so intent on pushing it through? By Markus Dettmer, Kristiana Ludwig, Michael Sauga and Cornelia Schmergal more... Comment ]

Tepid Talks: A Coalition Devoid of Vision

Tepid Talks: A Coalition Devoid of Vision

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

The coalition taking shape in Berlin between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats will have a huge majority in parliament. But the halfhearted discussion that's gone on so far suggests that the government won't tackle big projects -- and Merkel is to blame. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: Parties Take On Rent Hikes and Dual Citizenship

Coalition Talks: Parties Take On Rent Hikes and Dual Citizenship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

Coalition negotiations between German Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats are beginning to yield results. The parties agreed Monday night to plan for capping rent hikes, with dual citizenship and a tougher prostitution law on the agenda for this week. more... Comment ]

Pushover Party: Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

Pushover Party: Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

In coalition negotiations, the center-left Social Democrats appear to have backed off on their demands to control the Finance Ministry. Relinquishing the post would mean letting Angela Merkel trample over them -- and abandoning their push to move Germany's Europe policy to the left. A Commentary By Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Clinching the powerful post of finance minister in coalition talks would be a major coup for the center-left Social Democrats. But they may drop the demand in return for policy concessions -- and due to tactical considerations by SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel. more... Comment ]

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Official coalition talks began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy. more... Comment ]

'Non-Negotiable' Demands: Social Democrats OK Coalition Talks

'Non-Negotiable' Demands: Social Democrats OK Coalition Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

Formal talks on a grand coalition between Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democratic Party are due to start Wednesday after an SPD conference on Sunday gave its blessing. But the talks could prove difficult, and the outcome will be put to an SPD membership ballot.   more... Comment ]

Coalition Face-Off: Tough Negotiations Lie Ahead

Coalition Face-Off: Tough Negotiations Lie Ahead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2013

Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and their rivals, the center-left Social Democrats, are likely to begin official government coalition talks next week. It's a positive development, but things could get hairy once they start arguing over their key issues. By Veit Medick and Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Moving Ahead: Party Leaders Agree to Start Coalition Talks

Moving Ahead: Party Leaders Agree to Start Coalition Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Coalition talks can now officially begin as soon as next Wednesday after Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and their rival Social Democrats agreed on Thursday to move forward on building a governing coalition together. more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: Greens Reject Alliance with Conservatives

Coalition Talks: Greens Reject Alliance with Conservatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2013

After a long night of talks on Tuesday night, Germany's Greens have ruled out forming a governing coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. Now her only option is to allign herself with the center-left Social Democrats. more... Comment ]





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