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Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2016

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]