Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2018

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2018

The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cast doubt on whether foreigners were attacked by right-wing extremists in Chemnitz recently. And now he has become a significant problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


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 ]