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 ]

Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2017

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is soon to join the supervisory board of Russia's largest oil company, Rosneft. His ties in Moscow are becoming a problem for Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz on the campaign trail. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2017

In six months, Germany will go to the polls in a showdown between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz. One issue is set to dominate the campaign: What to do about the European Union. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2017

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2017

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences. By Melanie Amann, Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2017

Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2017

With the surprise announcement that Martin Schulz, until recently the head of the European Parliament, will be the Social Democrats' chancellor candidate this fall, the German political landscape has undergone a tectonic shift. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel must prepare for a real fight. By Matthias Bartsch, Sven Böll, Markus Feldenkirchen, Valerie Höhne, Horand Knaup and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2016

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Stability used to define Germany's political system. But the refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape. The rise of the fringe has eroded the traditional centers of power. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Jim Messina: Obama Insider To Help Social Democrats Challenge Merkel

Jim Messina: Obama Insider To Help Social Democrats Challenge Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2015

Campaign strategist and Obama insider Jim Messina wants to help the German Social Democrats beat Angela Merkel. His next stop is Berlin and he will make his first appearance on Saturday. Does the Washington insider know what he's in for? By Veit Medick in Washington more... Comment ]