'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

'A Favor' Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

Golden Age A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning. By Melanie Amann, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]


Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

Alternative Funding Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up. By Melanie Amann, Laura Backes, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]

A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

A New Start for Germany Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye

Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start. A DER SPIEGEL Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more...


After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

After Angela The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era

Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next. By Melanie Amann, Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

Three Female Veterans of German Politics 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be Docile'

What's life like for women in the top echelons of German politics? DER SPIEGEL spoke with three former cabinet ministers about their experiences as women in government. Things have improved, they say, but there is still much to be done. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Ann-Katrin Müller more... Comment ]


Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Anti-Democratic Tendencies Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]


CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

CSU in Crisis What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?

For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong? By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]