SPD-Left Rapprochement: A Time Bomb in Merkel's Government

SPD-Left Rapprochement: A Time Bomb in Merkel's Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

The Social Democrats sowed mistrust among Angela Merkel's conservatives last week by declaring themselves open to a future alliance with the left-wing Left Party. Her new government could be more fragile than thought, with the SPD already positioning itself for the post-Merkel era. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Taboo No More? SPD Flirts with Left-Wing Coalition

Taboo No More? SPD Flirts with Left-Wing Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

The far-left Left Party has long been a pariah in German federal politics. But the latest elections have confirmed it is not going away, and leaders of the Social Democrats now openly regard it as a potential coalition partner in the future. By Andrew Bowen 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 ]

Why Many Former East Germans Don't Vote

Why Many Former East Germans Don't Vote

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Nearly a quarter of a century after German reunification, Chancellor Angela Merkel still favors dishes that were common in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). "Solyanka," a sour soup with meat and pickled vegetables originating in Russia, still appears regularly on her dinner table, and likely those of many former East Germans. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that according to preliminary information, German chemicals sent to Syria were not used to produce sarin. The Left Party wants a closer look. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Tiny Utopias: German Parties Create Mini Fantasy Worlds

Tiny Utopias: German Parties Create Mini Fantasy Worlds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

A miniature railway museum in Hamburg has given the country's six largest political parties a small plot of "land" to show off their visions of a future Germany, which include gay blood donation, Bavarian festivals and members of the far right taking a beating. more... Comment ]