The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be. By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2018

Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

Where's the Enthusiasm? Germany's New Milquetoast Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2018

With the Social Democrats having approved a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany finally has a government. Despite the breakthrough, however, enthusiasm is in short supply in Berlin. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2018

A wave of political change is crashing over Germany and the country's once-proud big-tent parties are in a state of crisis. As frightening as the development may be, it also presents an opportunity. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2018

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2017

Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2017

SPD leader Martin Schulz twice ruled out a continuation of the grand coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. Now, though, he has little choice but to consider such an alliance anyway. He speaks with DER SPIEGEL about what that means for him, his party, Germany and Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2017

Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election as SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]


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 ]

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2017

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated. By Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]