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Berlin Observer

Critical notes on German foreign policy and a peek behind the curtain of a newly indispensable nation


The first part of Angela Merkel’s phased departure from power has worked out as planned. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s road to the chancellery, however, will be more difficult.


The experienced politician from one of Germany’s smallest states has often been underestimated–like Angela Merkel.


Friedrich Merz, out of politics for almost a decade, could become Germany’s new strong man—so who is he, and what does he want?


Angela Merkel leaving the international stage may be bad news for quick EU reform. In the long run, however, her successor will likely turn into at least as good a European.


The use of the word “Schicksalsgemeinschaft” in today’s Germany is puzzling.


The Greens’ success in Bavaria is a strong statement against the anti-migrant campaigns of the established conservatives and the far-right.


After 13 years in power, Angela Merkel’s authority is crumbling.


Rather than making overtures to the Kremlin, German foreign minister Heiko Maas pushes for more cooperation with Central Europe.


After weeks of quarreling, Germany’s coalition parties are hemorrhaging support.


Merkel’s coalition has agreed a shaky compromise over a controversial spy chief.


Is there a power struggle at the heart of Germany’s government?


Why right-wing extremism is particularly strong in Saxony.


While the government and Chancellor Angela Merkel are taking their summer break, a debate over military service has dominated Germany’s headlines.


Bavaria’s ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) has unveiled new centralized migrant facilities it hopes will expedite the asylum process—and salvage its chances in a looming state poll.


As the German government goes on summer break, many of the country’s most pressing issues have been neglected due to the row over migration. …


The German chancellor staved off a government collapse with an eleventh-hour deal to save her conservative bloc. But Angela Merkel’s power is waning.