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Black, Red, Yellow, Green

Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats have taken a beating with their handling of the euro crisis and public in-fighting with their coalition partner, the Free Democrats. How long will the coalition last? And can the Social Democrats or the Green Party force Merkel out of office?

Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing

Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2019

The far-right fringe of Germany's populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists. By Melanie Amann and Ann-Katrin Müller more...

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2019

The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed. By Melanie Amann, Markus Becker, Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christoph Hickmann, Dietmar Hipp and Peter Müller more...


The Downfall of Andrea Nahles: A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman

The Downfall of Andrea Nahles: A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2019

Andrea Nahles had hoped to rejuvenate Germany's Social Democratic Party. But after just over a year as party chair, she threw in the towel amid an unceasing storm of criticism. What went wrong? By Lena Niethammer more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Extremism? The Puzzling Murder of a German Politician

Right-Wing Extremism? The Puzzling Murder of a German Politician

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2019

The brutal murder of a politician in central Germany has led to widespread speculation about the motive and the identity of the perpetrator. Some see it as retaliation for his pro-refugee stance, but investigators have their doubts. By Matthias Bartsch, Veronika Völlinger and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]


The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists

The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2019

With the AfD now holding seats in every state parliament and in the federal parliament in Berlin, churches, unions and other organizations across Germany are wrestling with a tough question: Is it better to kick the populists out or to try to integrate them? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

'Absolutely Controlled MP': Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow

'Absolutely Controlled MP': Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2019

Russian government emails show evidence of how Moscow is seeking to exploit the Alternative for Germany party in its propaganda war. The right-wing populists appear to be voluntary accomplices -- and a member of the federal parliament is at the center of the scandal. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2019

Angela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down. An Analysis by Florian Gathmann more...

Morals vs. Pragmatism: German Ban on Arms Exports to Saudis Spurs Pushback

Morals vs. Pragmatism: German Ban on Arms Exports to Saudis Spurs Pushback

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2019

Germany's ruling parties are at odds over the decision to ban all German arms experts to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi killing. While some argue it is a question of values, others worry it is undermining European cooperation. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Interview with EPP Lead Candidate Manfred Weber: 'Viktor Orbán Is Following the Wrong Political Path'

Interview with EPP Lead Candidate Manfred Weber: 'Viktor Orbán Is Following the Wrong Political Path'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2019

Manfred Weber, lead candidate for the conservative European People's Party in the upcoming European election, sees the right-wing populists as a significant threat as the campaign begins. But in Viktor Orbán, he has a populist firebrand in his own ranks. Interview Conducted by Melanie Amann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Germany's Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?

Germany's Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2019

Dozens of Germans who fought for Islamic State are in prison in northern Syria. Among them are alleged murderers and torturers, but also women and children. The German government lacks a coherent plan for dealing with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]