Election Triumph: Merkel Victorious But Faces Tough Talks

Election Triumph: Merkel Victorious But Faces Tough Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a historic election victory on Sunday as her conservatives scored their best result since reunification in 1990. It's a personal triumph for her, but she faces tough negotiations to form a stable government. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Mutti Knows Best: Merkel Delivers What Germans Want

Mutti Knows Best: Merkel Delivers What Germans Want

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2013

Chancellor Merkel has run a bland re-election campaign. But that is exactly what voters were looking for. There are many reasons why she will win a third term on Sunday, but the primary one is her deep understanding of what the German electorate wants. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Tensions High: Last-Minute Poll Shows Close German Race

Tensions High: Last-Minute Poll Shows Close German Race

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

On the eve of election weekend in Germany, the governing coalition has a narrow lead of just 1 percent, according to a last-minute poll. The upshot? The outcome of the election is anyone's guess. more... Comment ]

New Poll Sees Euroskeptics in Parliament

New Poll Sees Euroskeptics in Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Could the euroskeptic party Alternative for Germany (AfD) make it into parliament after all? A new poll released by tabloid Bild on Thursday seems to indicate just that. According to the survey, conducted by Erfurt-based polling institute INSA, 5 percent of those asked said they plan to vote for AfD on Sunday, which would be just enough to clear the threshold for sending representatives to the Bundestag. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Fringe Power: German Left Party a Would-Be Kingmaker

Fringe Power: German Left Party a Would-Be Kingmaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Social Democratic candidate Peer Steinbrück could win Sunday's election, but he would have to partner with the Left Party in order to prevail. The leftists continue to be surprisingly strong, but their Communist roots make them an unpalatable partner. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

The Anti-Pippi: Green Party's Top Candidate Lacks Punch

The Anti-Pippi: Green Party's Top Candidate Lacks Punch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

Katrin Göring-Eckardt, one of the Green Party's two top candidates in the upcoming federal election, is failing to pull in voters. Her soft-spoken style and lack of edginess -- a quality that was once the party's stock-in-trade -- might have something to do with it. By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Political Parties Shifting to the Left

Political Parties Shifting to the Left

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

It is hard to refute the idea that Angela Merkel, after eight years as chancellor, has made an indelible mark on Germany's political landscape. The irony is that the Christian Democrats' leader, who is known for her conservative views on tax policy and gay rights, is partly responsible for a cross-party shift to the left. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Lower Expectations: SPD Secretly Hopes for Coalition Under Merkel

Lower Expectations: SPD Secretly Hopes for Coalition Under Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

The Social Democrats are realizing that the best they can hope for is a grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel after the Sept. 22 election. Publicly, they're sticking to their goal of a government with the Greens. But the Greens are looking too weak. By Florian Gathmann and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

Pedophilia Scandal: Old Document Haunts Green Party Candidate

Pedophilia Scandal: Old Document Haunts Green Party Candidate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

With the general election only days away, the Green Party's top candidate Jürgen Trittin is under fire over a document more than 30 years old. The party manifesto, which he approved, advocated legalizing sex with minors. more... Comment ]

Under-18 Election: Merkel Scores Big Among German Youth

Under-18 Election: Merkel Scores Big Among German Youth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

A recent poll suggests German youngsters are surprisingly conservative, with more than a third giving their vote to Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. But the overall majority would still belong to the center-left, if the youth were old enough to vote. more... Comment ]