- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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 ]
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. mehr... [ Forum ]
- 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. more...
- 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 ]
- 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...
- September 21, 2010
The head of Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party, Sigmar Gabriel, has told SPIEGEL ONLINE that the country should get tough on immigrants who are unwilling to learn the language and integrate. He says they should be supported, but that the government and society should also make demands. more... [ Comment ]
- September 13, 2010
The executive board of the Social Democratic Party voted on Monday to begin proceedings to expel Thilo Sarrazin for his controversial anti-Muslim theories. The expulsion is risky for the party and its leader, Sigmar Gabriel, because many members agree with Sarrazin's views. more...