Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Clinching the powerful post of finance minister in coalition talks would be a major coup for the center-left Social Democrats. But they may drop the demand in return for policy concessions -- and due to tactical considerations by SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel. more... Comment ]

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Official coalition talks began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy. more... Comment ]

Architect of Austerity: Schäuble's Search for a Way Forward

Architect of Austerity: Schäuble's Search for a Way Forward

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2013

As Germany's Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble is one of Europe's most influential politicians -- and one of its most hated. Many hold his austerity policies responsible for mass poverty and unemployment in the south. How does he know his decisions are right? By Ullrich Fichtner and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Germans Want a 'Mutti': The Secret of Merkel's Success

Germans Want a 'Mutti': The Secret of Merkel's Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2013

When she took over the Christian Democrats 13 years ago, few thought Angela Merkel would last long. But after her resounding victory on Sunday, it is now clear that she has become so much more than just Germany's political leader. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Headwind for Merkel: Euro Zone Head Says Greece Needs More Aid

Headwind for Merkel: Euro Zone Head Says Greece Needs More Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Greek finances will not be addressed until the end of next year. But Euro Group chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Thursday joined the chorus of voices saying Athens needs more help. more... Comment ]

'Shitstorm' Shitstorm: Dictionary Wins Award for Ruining German

'Shitstorm' Shitstorm: Dictionary Wins Award for Ruining German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2013

Germany's respected Duden dictionary has received a spoof award for its excessive use of English words. "Shitstorm," "app" and "Facebook" are among the anglicisms recently added to the reference book. more... Comment ]

Schäuble's Honesty: Transparency Poses Risks in Euro Crisis

Schäuble's Honesty: Transparency Poses Risks in Euro Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has raised the possibility of a third bailout for Greece. Now many are calling for leaders to lay out all they know about the euro crisis. But total transparency carries serious risks. By David Böcking more... Comment ]

Bitter Euro Truths: Crisis Could Damage Merkel's Campaign

Bitter Euro Truths: Crisis Could Damage Merkel's Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to concede that Greece will require additional aid -- an admission that has dented her reputation as a crisis manager ahead of the election. But she still hasn't revealed the true scope of the costs facing Germany. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Aid Debate: Merkel Leaves Door Open to Greek Debt Cut

Aid Debate: Merkel Leaves Door Open to Greek Debt Cut

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned over the weekend that a debt cut for Greece could trigger a dangerous domino effect -- but she did not categorically rule one out. She's keeping all her options open in the euro crisis. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]

Merkel's Conservatives Split on Greek Aid

Merkel's Conservatives Split on Greek Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to have completely avoided the issue of Greek debt and the country's future this campaign season. But this week, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble suggested that a new aid package would soon be necessary for the country. And suddenly, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) find themselves in the middle of a flare-up with their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). By Charles Hawley more...