SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability (Fr, 16 Feb 2018)
Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Opinion: Can the Rock of Gibraltar Falter? (Do, 15 Feb 2018)
Germany used to be an anchor of international stability. But that's changing. The political chaos surrounding Angela Merkel's attempts to create a new government serve as a warning that the country is not immune to factors that are destabilizing other European countries.
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Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game (Mi, 14 Feb 2018)
Despite a booming economy, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for a weaker dollar, a move that threatens to jeopardize Europe's fragile economic upswing. There's very little the European Central Bank can do to fight back.
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Rail Suicide: A Train Driver's Struggle to Return to the Tracks (Mi, 14 Feb 2018)
Each year in Germany, 800 people throw themselves in front of speeding trains, transforming the drivers into involuntary killers. Stephan Kniest has run over four people so far in his career - and fears that a fifth could do him in.
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Chaos in Berlin: Schulz, Merkel and How Not to Negotiate a Coalition (Mo, 12 Feb 2018)
It looked like Martin Schulz of the Social Democrats had finally one-upped Chancellor Merkel. But then, just as his party secured key cabinet positions in Germany's potential new government, he messed everything up. And Merkel's position isn't much better.
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Lady In Black: The German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case (Fr, 09 Feb 2018)
A German national appears prominently in the investigation into the possible Russian contacts made by Donald Trump's associates. Did she serve as the strawman for illegal lobbying in the United States?
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Out, Out, Out!: Brexiteers Are Driving Britain into a Wall (Fr, 09 Feb 2018)
Unrepentant pro-Brexit politicians like Boris Johnson are pushing the UK government to take a hardline approach to the country's divorce from the European Union. Their tactics reveal their deep-seated cynicism -- and the extent to which they are harming the country.
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Geopolitical Laboratory: How Djibouti Became China's Gateway To Africa (Do, 08 Feb 2018)
Djibouti, one of Africa's smallest countries, has become China's "strategic partner." The Chinese have built a military base and a port, and is currently constructing a free trade zone, fast establishing it as Beijing's gateway to the continent.
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Breakthrough: Merkel Makes Painful Concessions to Form New Government (Mi, 07 Feb 2018)
Despite extremely tough talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement to form a coalition on Wednesday. If the SPD doesn't veto the deal in a vote of the party base, a new German government could be in place before Easter.
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Star Struck By Trump?: German Business Leaders Praise U.S. Economic Policies at Davos (Mi, 07 Feb 2018)
The World Economic Forum in Davos can often predict future developments in politics, technology and finance. This year, it showed us that some European captains of industry are quite pleased with Donald Trump's economic policies.
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The 'Mutti' Complex: Why German Politics Can't Move Beyond Merkel (Di, 06 Feb 2018)
Angela Merkel has fundamentally changed German politics. With the country's parties focusing on the chancellor rather than true political debate, it's impossible to know who or what might come next.
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History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall (Mo, 05 Feb 2018)
The Berlin Wall stood for exactly 28 years, two months and 26 days. It has now been gone for as long as it was in place. These photos show a city that hasn't done badly for itself in the years since reunification.
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Opinion: Trump Is Not America (Mo, 05 Feb 2018)
In an editorial, SPIEGEL ONLINE's Washington correspondent describes how a European views the United States in the age of Trump. Is there still hope, after all?
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A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing (Fr, 02 Feb 2018)
The scandal over exhaust experiments on monkeys shows just how unscrupulous Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are when it comes to manipulating the public. Anything goes when it comes to diverting attention from the dangers inherent in diesel.
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Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria (Fr, 02 Feb 2018)
By invading Afrin, one of the last unscathed regions in Syria, Turkey is trying to prevent the creation of a Kurdish state. The U.S. is looking on powerlessly while Russia is rubbing its hands in glee. Ultimately, the true winner might be Bashar Assad.
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3D Printing for Amputees: A New Leg for Joan (Mi, 31 Jan 2018)
Thirty million people in developing countries need either a prosthetic limb or some other form of orthopedic assistance. Can 3D printing help them? A multimedia story by Benjamin Breitegger and Jelca Kollatsch.
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New Cartel Suspicions: Secret Price Fixing Among German Carmakers (Di, 30 Jan 2018)
After numerous scandals in recent years, the German automobile industry is facing scrutiny yet again. This time, VW, Daimler, BMW and Bosch are believed to have colluded on steel price fixing.
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Frankfurt's Uncertain Future: Brexit Winner, Brexit Loser (Di, 30 Jan 2018)
Frankfurt is booming and thousands of investment bankers are heading for the German financial capital as a result of Brexit. But can the city handle the influx? Its already fragile social structures are being stretched to the breaking point.
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After Angela: A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel (Di, 30 Jan 2018)
For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
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50 Percent for 5 Percent: A Look at Germany's Extremely Unequal Wealth Distribution (Fr, 26 Jan 2018)
European Central Bank statistics show that wealth distribution in Germany is extremely unequal. But a new analysis by the German Institute for Economic Research shows that the situation is even worse than initially thought.
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