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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Coronavirus Is Reducing Merkel’s EU Legacy to Ashes

Preventing a total European meltdown will require the German chancellor to fully abandon her cherished vision for the continent.

U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron

The Coronavirus Pandemic Tells a Tale of 3 Leaders

Over 24 hours, Trump, Macron, and Merkel each addressed their nations—and revealed their very different understandings of the world.

German Chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel chats with her colleague Armin Laschet, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, at a meeting of the CDU leadership on Nov. 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

You May Miss Merkel More Than You Think

The lame-duck German chancellor has become a problem for the world. The frontrunner to take over will probably be even worse.

A Huawei Lego model on display at the 10th Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Zurich on Oct. 15.

Germany Chooses China Over the West

Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.

Head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses with party member and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a party board meeting in Berlin on June 24, 2019.

Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde as she arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Christine Lagarde Won, but This Isn’t a Game

Europe is celebrating new leadership, but its central bank will have to confront problems that have no easy answers.

16 February 2019, Bavaria, München: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is waiting for Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg on the second day of the 55th Munich Security Conference. Numerous heads of state, government and ministers are expected at the world's most important meeting of experts on security policy. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa (Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Could NATO Be the Downfall of Angela Merkel’s Government?

A fight over defense spending could soon split Germany’s ruling coalition.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves to delegates at a national conference of the CDU on Dec. 7, 2018 in Hamburg. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

The Next Merkel? Not Quite

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn, and Friedrich Merz at a regional German Christian Democratic Union gathering in Halle, Germany, on Nov. 22. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany

As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after pardoning a turkey in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21, 2017. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2018

From Angela Merkel to America’s civil servants, a list of some bright spots in the world’s darkening sky.

European Council President Donald Tusk (from left), British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare for a photo at the G-7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada, on June 7. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The Economic Crisis Is Over. Populism Is Forever.

From the United States to Germany, the West is booming—but the public hasn’t regained an appetite for liberalism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in a courtyard after the weekly government cabinet meeting in Berlin on Oct. 31.

Angela Merkel Failed

The German chancellor survived by avoiding politics whenever possible—and history won't judge her kindly for it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May looks back as she and other leaders depart at a summit of leaders of the European Union on September 20, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria.

Theresa May’s Government Is Steering Britain Toward an Iceberg

The Conservative Party's negotiating strategy is premised on telling the EU one thing and British voters another. Doublespeak won't deliver a deal; it will lead to economic and political disaster.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with sailors of the German Navy while she visited the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Trump Is Right About Germany’s Low-Energy Military

Berlin needs to spend more on defense, but the U.S. president's public demands are making it politically impossible.

Markus Söder of the Bavarian Christian Social Union and the new governor of Bavaria conducts a  brass band at the Bavarian state parliament on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?

Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron gesture on the balcony of the town hall of Aachen after Macron recieved the International Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images,)

RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018

The partnership with America had a long and fruitful life — but Europe is ready to start over.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a meeting on the sidelines of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, on March 22, 2018. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Has No Clue How to Handle an American Bully

Germany, France, and the U.K. all tried sucking up to Trump. They ended up helping kill the Iran deal.

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