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 ]

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

With Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit facing his political Waterloo, all eyes have turned to Raed Saleh, who could become the first mayor of a major German city with foreign roots. The German capital's changing demographics could help him. By Frank Hornig more... Comment ]

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

Child Porn Investigation: Merkel Cabinet Rife with Suspicion and Mistrust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

It is a disastrous start for Angela Merkel's new government: After details of a child pornography investigation were leaked, a cabinet member was forced to resign. Now, the chancellor's new cabinet is consumed by backbiting and mistrust. By Charles Hawley 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 ]

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

Record Support: Merkel Inaugurated for Third Term

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

Angela Merkel began her third term as German chancellor on Tuesday after receiving record support in a vote by the country's parliament. more... Comment ]

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

Tepid Welcome: Germany Struggles to Lure Skilled Workers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Germany must look abroad to make up for its shortage of highly skilled workers. But a series of obstacles, including daunting bureaucracy, stand in the way of foreign specialists looking to relocate. By Maximilian Popp and Janko Tietz more... Comment ]

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

The Deal Makers: Coalition Deal Shows Rising Clout of Lobbyists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

As the dust settled in Berlin, one group came out of last week's coalition deal an unequivocal winner: Germany's lobbyists. When it comes to shaping policy, corporate interests are wielding ever more influence on national politics. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

World from Berlin: 'Germany No Longer a Role Model for Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

Germany's next government is expected to shower the country with goodies including a minimum wage and an earlier retirement age. Editorialists warn the extra spending sends the wrong message and will be costly for the next generation. more...

Grand Coalition: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

Grand Coalition: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Angela Merkel's incoming government is promising a little something for everyone, but it will all come at a price of billions. Those costs are likely to be fobbed off on either the next government or generation. A Commentary By Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Coalition Deal: Merkel Reaches Agreement on Next Government

Coalition Deal: Merkel Reaches Agreement on Next Government

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Weeks of talks ended early Wednesday morning with a contract between Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats to form Germany's next government. The deal still faces a difficult vote by all SPD members in December. more... Comment ]