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

Chancellor Speculation Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

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...

A Migration Nightmare: Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone

A Migration Nightmare Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone

As Germany tries to crack down on rejected asylum-seekers and criminal refugees, its civil servants are constrained by the limits of a dysfunctional system. Whether refugee, police officer or office clerk, almost everyone involved has something to complain about. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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

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

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'

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?

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 ]

The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

The Merkel Stain Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns

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...


Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

Archive Debate Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

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. By Melanie Amann, Roman Höfner and Martin Knobbe more...

Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

Broken Bond The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

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. By Annette Großbongardt more...


A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

A Fateful Year Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

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. By Christoph Hickmann and Veit Medick more... Comment ]