After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

After Angela The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

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. By Melanie Amann, Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

Three Female Veterans of German Politics 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

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. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Ann-Katrin Müller more... Comment ]


Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Anti-Democratic Tendencies Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

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 more... Comment ]

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

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?

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 ]

Germany's Extremism Problem: Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell

Germany's Extremism Problem Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell

In the wake of far-right unrest in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, investigators have uncovered a suspected neo-Nazi terror cell thought to have been planning a major attack. The arrests show how self-confident extremists have become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'We Are Facing a Monster'

Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany 'We Are Facing a Monster'

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, Charlotte Knobloch, 85, speaks of the fears Jews in Germany have of growing right-wing populism in the country. The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany is also sharply critical of U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell. Interview Conducted by Veit Medick and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

What Comes Next? Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible

In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

The Shadowy Arms Trade A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal

An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]