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Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability
16 Feb 2018 at 9:34am
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
Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter?
15 Feb 2018 at 8:38am
Germany used to be an anchor of international stability. But that's changing. The political chaos surrounding Angela Merkel's attempts to create a new government serve as a warning that the country is not immune to factors that are destabilizing other European countries.
Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition
12 Feb 2018 at 8:00am
It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better.
Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government
7 Feb 2018 at 9:00am
Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter.
The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel
6 Feb 2018 at 2:36am
Angela Merkel has fundamentally changed German politics. With the country's parties focusing on the chancellor rather than true political debate, it's impossible to know who or what might come next.
History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall
5 Feb 2018 at 8:30am
The Berlin Wall stood for exactly 28 years, two months and 26 days. It has now been gone for as long as it was in place. These photos show a city that hasn't done badly for itself in the years since reunification.
A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing
2 Feb 2018 at 11:28am
The scandal over exhaust experiments on monkeys shows just how unscrupulous Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are when it comes to manipulating the public. Anything goes when it comes to diverting attention from the dangers inherent in diesel.
New Cartel Suspicions: Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers
30 Jan 2018 at 7:17am
After numerous scandals in recent years, the German automobile industry is facing scrutiny yet again. This time, VW, Daimler, BMW and Bosch are believed to have colluded on steel price fixing.
Frankfurt's Uncertain Future: Brexit Winner, Brexit Loser
30 Jan 2018 at 4:44am
Frankfurt is booming and thousands of investment bankers are heading for the German financial capital as a result of Brexit. But can the city handle the influx? Its already fragile social structures are being stretched to the breaking point.
After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel
30 Jan 2018 at 4:34am
For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Arms for Hostage?: Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist
22 Jan 2018 at 9:28am
Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape.
Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do
22 Jan 2018 at 5:10am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has completely reversed her refugee policies without bothering to tell German voters why she has done so. Such imperiousness is a common problem for those who have been in office for too long.
Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks
19 Jan 2018 at 9:38am
Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever.
Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?
17 Jan 2018 at 9:59am
Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government
12 Jan 2018 at 10:01am
An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear.