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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Daily news, analysis and opinion from Europe's leading newsmagazine and Germany's top news Web site.

Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:17:02 +0200

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They're Here: How the AfD Steamrolled Germany's Mainstream Parties

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:39:25 +0200

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected to a fourth term in office, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Significant setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. BY DER SPIEGEL Staff

Democracy at Stake: Germany's Slide to the Right

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:28:00 +0200

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats lost massive support in Sunday's parliamentary election while the right-wing populist performed better than expected. What happens now?

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German Election 2017: How the AfD Steamrolled the CDU and SPD

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:47:00 +0200

Angela Merkel may have been re-elected, but the chancellor faces a tough road ahead: Big setbacks for her conservatives combined with a strong right-wing populist showing and what promises to be an unwieldy governing coalition will test the country's political resilience. Our full English-language election analysis.

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Election Aftermath: A New Germany

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:10:00 +0200

The Alternative for Germany's entry into the German parliament is not normal -- it's an attack on our liberal democracy, one that all the other parties must fight. That's just one reason that going into opposition is the right decision by the Social Democrats.

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The AfD in the Bundestag: A Populist Upheaval on the Right

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:02:49 +0200

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is celebrating its first-ever seats in the German parliament and has vowed to shake up Berlin politics. But there are doubts as to whether the party can maintain discipline.

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The Price of Success: Merkel Lands Fourth Term, But at What Cost?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:02:10 +0200

Angela Merkel will serve as Germany's chancellor for a fourth term, but Sunday's win comes at a high price. The right-wing populists are now the third-strongest party in parliament and her negotiations to create a new government are likely to be complicated.

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Merkel, the AfD and a Wounded SPD: Eight Lessons from Germany's Elections

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:22:00 +0200

Angela Merkel is back for a fourth term, the Social Democrats are wounded and a right-wing populist party has been elected to parliament for the first time in decades: Eight lessons from Sunday's general election in Germany.

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German Election Results: Merkel Re-Elected as Right Wing Enters Parliament

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:40:00 +0200

Angela Merkel has won her fourth term as German chancellor, but her coalition partners for the last four years, the Social Democrats, have likely received their worst result since World War II. The right-wing populist AfD has secured more than 13 percent of the vote.

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Will Separatists Split Spain?: Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:24:00 +0200

The conflict between Madrid and Catalan separatists is escalating. With raids and arrests last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is trying to prevent an independence referendum, but preparations for the vote are still underway.

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End of an Era?: The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:41:00 +0200

Across Europe, social democratic parties are in crisis and on Sunday, the German SPD could slide to its worst result since World War II. What has happened to the once-glorious center-left parties on the Continent? And how can they recover? By SPIEGEL Staff

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Quiz on the Global Water Supply: Where the World Is Thirsty

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:50:50 +0200

How much water do you use in a day? What countries are at the greatest risk of water shortages and drought? Take a look at our quiz to learn more about water in our world.

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UN Drinking Water Report: Thirsty in Paradise

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:46:22 +0200

Millions of people around the world still don't have secure access to drinking water. A new report shows where the situation is most precarious.

All Our Globe Quizzes: Troves and Troves of Data

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:44:51 +0200

Did you enjoy taking a BeyondTomorrow quiz but are still hungry for more? Check out our links page to all the globe quizes we have posted so far.

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0200

When Islamic State conquered Raqqa in 2014, Fadi al-Hadi fled to Germany while Nadja Ramadan abandoned her life near Frankfurt to marry an Islamist in the IS stronghold. Now that the city is about to get liberated, the two are trying to retrace their steps.

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Silicon Valley and the German Election: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:57:00 +0200

DER SPIEGEL has learned that Google has refused for more than a week to place certain ads for a controversial anti-Merkel website created by the Alternative for Germany. The right-wing populist party says it will respond by spending its budget for the project on Facebook instead.

Trump vs. Reality III: On Many Sides

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:41:00 +0200

An animated reality check of the man who claims to be the greatest U.S. president ever.

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Interview with Martin Schulz: 'We Cannot Leave Any Room for the Enemies of Democracy'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:09:00 +0200

Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz still believes he has a chance of unseating Angela Merkel. DER SPIEGEL spoke to him about the anger many Germans feel against establishment parties and how to deal with authoritarian politicians.

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German Election Podcast: What You Need To Know About Sunday's Vote

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:42:00 +0200

Germans head to the polls this Sunday to elect their next parliament. In our special election podcast, SPIEGEL ONLINE Editor-in-Chief Barbara Hans discusses issues that have shaped the campaign, Angela Merkel's prospects for a fourth term and the likelihood the far right will win seats.

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The Arrival of Tesla: German Auto Giants Face an Existential Challenge

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:29:00 +0200

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have been struggling to adapt to the advent of the electric car, held back by conservatism and internal challenges. Now, Tesla is making inroads in Germany -- and the country's automakers face an uncertain future.

Albania: Europe's Last Blue Wonder

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:14:00 +0200

In Albania, environmentalists, investors and residents are fighting over the construction of new dams. Europe's last remaining wild rivers are imperiled - and with them their unique biotopes.

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