With his Saarland background Germany’s new foreign minister Heiko Maas will bring a much-needed Franco-German instinct to the table.
With Germany’s new government finally in sight, Europe breathes a sigh of relief. It may prove a short respite.
Her Final Act
Her fourth government a hard sell, Angela Merkel’s hopeful successors have started eying the top spot.
Waiting for GroKo
Germany may be one step closer to building a coalition government, but four months after the election, there’s still a long way to go.
Good News for Europe
Germany’s prospective government promises EU reform, setting out ambitious goals.
Political Climate Change
Berlin is forfeiting its global role as leader in climate protection.
What a Mess!
Coalition talks in Berlin have failed, which might mean new elections.
Few East Germans hold key positions in Germany’s institutions.
Building a Trojan Horse
Russia used social media to influence the German election, too.
The End of the Roth Republic
The German election outcome signals a return to less consensual politics – which is no bad thing.
A Costly Victory
Angela Merkel won the elections, but right-wing populists are spoiling the party.
Words Don’t Come Easy: GroKo, Jamaika, & Co.
All the political colors, synonyms, and acronyms you need to know when it comes to forming a new German government.
The Great Disconnect
It’s been called the most boring election ever. That might be because the parties are avoiding the very issues closest to voters’ hearts.
On the Data Trail
The CDU and the SPD have returned to door-to-door canvassing, with a technological twist.
Dull and Duller
In their one and only public debate Angela Merkel and her challenger Martin Schulz skipped difficult issues.
The Merkel Mystique
Germany’s chancellor seems unassailable. How does she do it?