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The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns
21 Feb 2019 at 7:31am
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.
Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns
8 Feb 2019 at 9:00am
Angela Merkel's decision to take her Facebook account, with its 2.5 million followers, offline has baffled some members of the German government and raised questions about whether her decision will obscure an important part of the historical record.
Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany
7 Feb 2019 at 10:24am
The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing.
A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?
24 Jan 2019 at 7:35am
Germany's Social Democratic Party was once the party of the working class and knew what it stood for. Lately, though, its lack of a coherent message has left it ineffectual and unpopular. This year will be critical for the SPD's survival.
German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extr...
23 Jan 2019 at 2:54am
German domestic intelligence officials have taken a closer look at the far-right fringe of the populist party Alternative for Germany. What they found is that the wing's leaders may pose a threat to democracy in the country.
Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads
17 Dec 2018 at 1:34am
Berlin is changing. That's nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain.
Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty
10 Dec 2018 at 5:37am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1.
'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive
7 Dec 2018 at 9:00am
As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD
30 Nov 2018 at 3:23am
All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning.
Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists
19 Nov 2018 at 4:47am
The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up.
A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye
8 Nov 2018 at 3:33am
Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start.
After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era
8 Nov 2018 at 3:30am
Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next.
Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be...
18 Oct 2018 at 4:25am
What's life like for women in the top echelons of German politics? DER SPIEGEL spoke with three former cabinet ministers about their experiences as women in government. Things have improved, they say, but there is still much to be done.
Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD
16 Oct 2018 at 1:04am
Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker
15 Oct 2018 at 4:44am
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.