Coalition Talks: Merkel to Meet Greens Next Week

Coalition Talks: Merkel to Meet Greens Next Week

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

Chancellor Merkel, who is trying to form a government after falling just five seats short of a majority in the Sept. 22 election, will hold preliminary talks with the opposition Greens next week. A coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) looks far more likely though. more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Coalition Talks Could Last Into January

World From Berlin: Coalition Talks Could Last Into January

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

It's quickly becoming clear how hard it's going to be for Angela Merkel to form a new government. The SPD wants the Finance Ministry and will ballot its members on any deal. In the end, though, they're likely to reach an agreement, say media commentators. more... Comment ]

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 ]

Watershed Election: Merkel's Conservatives Prepare Next Move

Watershed Election: Merkel's Conservatives Prepare Next Move

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

At 42 percent, the conservatives have pulled in their best result in 23 years. But with Merkel's party appearing to fall short of an absolute majority, the question now is who will join her in a coalition government. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Germans Want a 'Mutti': The Secret of Merkel's Success

Germans Want a 'Mutti': The Secret of Merkel's Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2013

When she took over the Christian Democrats 13 years ago, few thought Angela Merkel would last long. But after her resounding victory on Sunday, it is now clear that she has become so much more than just Germany's political leader. By Charles Hawley 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 ]

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 ]