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Coalition Wrangling: SPD Plays Coy as Merkel Puts Out Feelers

Coalition Wrangling: SPD Plays Coy as Merkel Puts Out Feelers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Angela Merkel, in a hurry to find a coalition after Sunday's election, contacted the center-left Social Democrats on Monday to set up talks. But the SPD stalled her and made clear she will have to make policy concessions if she wants them on board. more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Triumph Confirms 'Era of Merkelism'

World From Berlin: Triumph Confirms 'Era of Merkelism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Angela Merkel is at the zenith of her power. Her historic election win on Sunday reflects how deeply Germans appreciate her no-nonsense, frugal Hausfrau style of governing, say editorials. But she now needs to address domestic reforms to secure her legacy. more... Comment ]


Grand Coalition? Social Dems Deflect Talk of Merkel Alliance

Grand Coalition? Social Dems Deflect Talk of Merkel Alliance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Is the scene now set for another grand coalition? The leadership of the SPD are putting the brakes on speculation over a potential pairing with Merkel. Following its weak performance, the party wants to avoid internal disputes over what would be an unpopular alliance. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]

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 ]