The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east. more...

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 ]


CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2018

For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong? By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]


North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2017

Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]


SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track? By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2016

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]


The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2016

The state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gave the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany a significant boost. It is a challenge for Chancellor Merkel and the entire country. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2016

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]