'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 ]


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 ]