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 ]

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany. By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]


German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as German chancellor, but her coalition partners for the last four years, the Social Democrats, have likely received their worst result since World War II. The right-wing populist AfD has secured more than 13 percent of the vote. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

End of an Era? The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats

End of an Era? The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2017

Across Europe, social democratic parties are in crisis and on Sunday, the German SPD could slide to its worst result since World War II. What has happened to the once-glorious center-left parties on the Continent? And how can they recover? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]