Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2014

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Tepid Talks: A Coalition Devoid of Vision

Tepid Talks: A Coalition Devoid of Vision

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

The coalition taking shape in Berlin between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats will have a huge majority in parliament. But the halfhearted discussion that's gone on so far suggests that the government won't tackle big projects -- and Merkel is to blame. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: Parties Take On Rent Hikes and Dual Citizenship

Coalition Talks: Parties Take On Rent Hikes and Dual Citizenship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

Coalition negotiations between German Chancellor Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats are beginning to yield results. The parties agreed Monday night to plan for capping rent hikes, with dual citizenship and a tougher prostitution law on the agenda for this week. more... Comment ]

Pushover Party: Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

Pushover Party: Social Democrats Must Not Give Up on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

In coalition negotiations, the center-left Social Democrats appear to have backed off on their demands to control the Finance Ministry. Relinquishing the post would mean letting Angela Merkel trample over them -- and abandoning their push to move Germany's Europe policy to the left. A Commentary By Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

S.P.O.N. - Im Zweifel links: K wie Kuscheln

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2012

Drei Kandidaten sind zwei zu viel. Dass sich die SPD bis 2013 nicht festlegen will, mag taktisch richtig sein - politisch ist es falsch. Die Genossen müssen endlich reinen Tisch machen und klarstellen, wer im kommenden Jahr gegen Angela Merkel antreten soll. Eine Kolumne von Jakob Augstein mehr... Forum ]

French-German Relations: What a Hollande Victory Would Mean for Merkel

French-German Relations: What a Hollande Victory Would Mean for Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2012

German Chancellor Merkel has made it clear that she would like to see French President Nicolas Sarkozy win a second term. Indeed, if his challenger François Hollande emerges victorious in the country's upcoming election, she could face isolation in Europe. But a Sarkozy re-election might be problematic, too. By Veit Medick and Severin Weiland more...

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2012

For decades, Nobel laureate Günter Grass has supported Germany's Social Democrats on the campaign trail. Despite massive critique of the author's recent poem about Israel, SPD head Sigmar Gabriel defends Grass in an interview with SPIEGEL. He also says that the Pirate Party still has a lot to learn. more... Comment ]

Interview with German Opposition Leader: 'Commercial Banking Should Be Split From Investment Banking'

Interview with German Opposition Leader: 'Commercial Banking Should Be Split From Investment Banking'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2011

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the opposition center-left Social Democrats, outlines his plans to tame financial capitalism, warns that the supposed supremacy of banks and markets is eroding faith in politics and says the SPD would do a better job containing the crisis. more...