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 ]

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2015

Michael Steiner was in Prague in 1989 and at Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's side on Sept. 11, 2001. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL how the US considered a nuclear attack on Afghanistan and about finding a bug in his phone at the Chancellery. Interview Conducted by René Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


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 ]