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Parliamentary elections in Germany


The TV debate between Chancellor Merkel and her opponent Steinbrück kicked off the key phase of the German election campaign. The press speculates on the outcome of the election on September 22 and weighs up the potential consequences for Europe's crisis policy.



Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 1. October 2013

Grand coalition would have vast majority

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) will begin talks to explore the possibility of a grand coalition on Friday in Berlin. If the talks are successful and such a coalition is formed the left-liberal Berliner Zeitung fears that an overwhelming majority will be the result: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 30. September 2013

Markus Spillmann on Europe's fearful protest voters

In the recent parliamentary elections in Austria and Germany as well as those in Italy at the start of the year, some of the established parties suffered considerable losses while smaller alternative parties significantly increased their share of the vote. Markus Spillmann, editor-in-chief of the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, sees in this European trend the decline of political culture: » more


Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | Friday, 27. September 2013

FDP rout a warning for Europe's liberals

In the German parliamentary elections the liberal FDP party suffered the worst defeat since it was founded over 60 years ago, and will not be represented in parliament. This is a warning for all liberal parties in Europe, the conservative daily Lietuvos žinios comments: » more


The Washington Post - U.S. | Wednesday, 25. September 2013

Global perspectives: Merkel conspicuously inconspicuous

Angela Merkel owes her success in the German parliamentary elections to her unexciting leadership style, the liberal daily The Washington Post comments: » more


Main focus of Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Merkel seeks coalition partner

After its victory in the parliamentary election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance has begun the search for a coalition partner. She had already made ... » more


Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Merkel's strength works against her

Merkel's outstanding success in the German parliamentary elections could work against her because she'll have a very difficult time finding coalition partners, columnist Jakob Augstein comments on the news website Spiegel Online: » more


To Vima Online - Greece | Monday, 23. September 2013

Athens' hopes were naive

Athens shouldn't expect too much of the new government in Berlin, writes the left-liberal online paper To Vima: » more


Večer - Slovenia | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

The Eurozone's problems still unsolved

Merkel's election victory can't conceal the fact that her rigorous austerity measures aren't working in the EU, the conservative daily Večer observes: » more


Adevârul - Romania | Tuesday, 24. September 2013

Europe's Social Democrats pessimistic

The outcome of the last major national elections ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2014 doesn't bode well for social democracy in Europe, notes journalist Ovidiu Nahoi on the blog portal Adevărul: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 23. September 2013

German interests are also European interests

Angela Merkel's strong performance in the elections to the Bundestag is also due to her having a different attitude to the European project than for example her CDU predecessor Helmut Kohl, the conservative daily The Financial Times writes: » more


Main focus of Monday, 23. September 2013

Merkel triumphs

Angela Merkel scored a clear victory in Germany's parliamentary elections on Sunday. The conservative CDU and its sister party the CSU came just short of ... » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, 23. September 2013

Europe's empress

With her sensational electoral victory Angela Merkel has become the empress of Europe, columnist Sheila Sitalsing writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: » more


El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Monday, 23. September 2013

Merkel's new room for manouevre

The election victory will make it easier for the chancellor to make important decisions, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya points out: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Monday, 23. September 2013

Take euro critics seriously

The eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party won 4.7 percent of the vote in the German elections, its first ever. This means that although it won't be sitting in parliament it will be able to influence Germany's EU policy, the liberal daily La Stampa comments: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 23. September 2013

A victory of the unspectacular

Angela Merkel won her election victory by promising voters stability, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung observes, feeling reminded of former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer: » more


Le Figaro - France | Monday, 23. September 2013

Hopes of fresh impetus for the EU

The conservative daily Le Figaro urges Merkel to create a new European dynamic - and President François Hollande to follow the example of the German head of government: » more


Contributors - Romania | Monday, 23. September 2013

Germany must look for partners

Germany's chancellor must now clarify what leadership role she wants to play in Europe, political scientist Alexandru Coita writes in the blog portal Contributors: » more


Main focus of Friday, 20. September 2013

Europe's eyes on German election

Europe is awaiting Germany's parliamentary election on Sunday with bated breath. Either the confirmation of the present coalition between the conservative CDU/CSU and the liberal ... » more


Profil - Austria | Monday, 16. September 2013

Grand coalition would be good for Europe

Angela Merkel may keep repeating that we need "more Europe" but basically her policies are oriented to the nation-state, the left-liberal weekly Profil comments and hopes for Europe's sake that the German elections will produce a grand coalition: » more


NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 20. September 2013

Gemany is too powerful

Germany has become too dominant in European politics, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad comments with an eye to Sunday's elections to the Bundestag: » more


El País - Spain | Friday, 20. September 2013

Elections won't change austerity policy

All of Europe will be on the edge of its seat on Sunday as Germany goes to the polls - but the results will no doubt only have a marginal impact on European policy, the left-liberal daily El País writes: » more


La Tribune - France | Thursday, 19. September 2013

Paris must be Berlin's partner once more

The development of economic growth in France will have greater repercussions on Europe's future than the elections to the Bundestag, the liberal business paper La Tribune writes: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 17. September 2013

Why Prague looks forward to German elections

Prague is avidly interested in the outcome of the German elections next Sunday because the Czech Republic has close economic ties with Germany, the liberal weekly Respekt observes: » more


Main focus of Monday, 16. September 2013

Absolute majority for Bavaria's CSU

The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) attained an absolute majority in regional elections in the German state of Bavaria on Sunday. Its coalition partner the ... » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 16. September 2013

Bad news for Merkel's coalition partner

The results of the state parliament elections in Bavaria are a clear indication of how Germany's general election will pan out, the left-liberal daily El País believes: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 16. September 2013

Bavaria an island of the fortunate

The CSU's regaining an absolute majority in the regional elections in Bavaria comes as no surprise to the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 16. September 2013

CDU loses its Liberal partners

Despite the success of its sister party the CSU in Bavaria, the prospects for Angela Merkel's CDU in the German elections this Sunday are none too bright, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera concludes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 16. September 2013

Sister party's success helps Merkel

The fact that the Christian Social Union (CSU)  has won back its absolute majority in Bavaria has given its leader Horst Seehofer a boost but ... » more


Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 13. September 2013

Europe wants grand coalition in Berlin

Europe plays almost no role in the German elections, but the entire continent is impatiently awaiting September 22, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny writes: » more


Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Friday, 13. September 2013

Steinbrück unleashes German emotions

Just ten days before the elections in Germany, the current issue of SZ Magazin shows a picture of SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück holding up his middle finger to the camera. He selected the gesture in a photo shooting in answer to a question about how the press calls him "Problem Peer" and "Peerlusconi" among other nicknames. The blogger Pitsirikos is tickled by how Steinbrück has let Germans' repressed feelings out of the closet: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 9. September 2013

Content Germans lead banal election campaign

Germany will elect a new parliament in twelve days' time. For a country that is seen as a leading power in Europe the election campaign has been remarkably shallow, the conservative daily The Financial Times points out: » more



Zeit Online - Germany | Tuesday, 17. September 2013

Paedophile debate catches Greens off guard

Just days before Germany's parliamentary elections, accusations that Jürgen Trittin, the leading candidate of the Alliance '90/The Greens, formerly tolerated paedophilia have put the party in a tight spot. A local election programme published by Trittin in 1981 called for sex with children to be decriminalised under certain circumstances, a political analyst commissioned by the party to look into its former positions on the matter has revealed. Trittin's career is at stake, the online portal of the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit comments: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 17. September 2013

Why Prague looks forward to German elections

Prague is avidly interested in the outcome of the German elections next Sunday because the Czech Republic has close economic ties with Germany, the liberal weekly Respekt observes: » more


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 16. September 2013

Sister party's success helps Merkel

The fact that the Christian Social Union (CSU)  has won back its absolute majority in Bavaria has given its leader Horst Seehofer a boost but ... » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 16. September 2013

CDU loses its Liberal partners

Despite the success of its sister party the CSU in Bavaria, the prospects for Angela Merkel's CDU in the German elections this Sunday are none too bright, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera concludes: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 16. September 2013

Bavaria an island of the fortunate

The CSU's regaining an absolute majority in the regional elections in Bavaria comes as no surprise to the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 16. September 2013

Bad news for Merkel's coalition partner

The results of the state parliament elections in Bavaria are a clear indication of how Germany's general election will pan out, the left-liberal daily El País believes: » more


Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Friday, 13. September 2013

Steinbrück unleashes German emotions

Just ten days before the elections in Germany, the current issue of SZ Magazin shows a picture of SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück holding up his middle finger to the camera. He selected the gesture in a photo shooting in answer to a question about how the press calls him "Problem Peer" and "Peerlusconi" among other nicknames. The blogger Pitsirikos is tickled by how Steinbrück has let Germans' repressed feelings out of the closet: » more


Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 13. September 2013

Europe wants grand coalition in Berlin

Europe plays almost no role in the German elections, but the entire continent is impatiently awaiting September 22, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny writes: » more


Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 9. September 2013

Content Germans lead banal election campaign

Germany will elect a new parliament in twelve days' time. For a country that is seen as a leading power in Europe the election campaign has been remarkably shallow, the conservative daily The Financial Times points out: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

Merkel's successs using Adenauer's strategy

Two and a half weeks before Germany's federal election takes place, Angela Merkel and her CDU party are being touted as the favourites to win. One thing that makes the head of government so popular is that she knows how the German people tick, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times points out: » more


Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

Nikos Xydakis on the smug Germans' loss of touch with reality

Germany's leaders and population have lost their grip on reality and suffer from historical amnesia, columnist Nikos Xydakis writes in the daily Kathimerini with an eye to the elections to the Bundestag: » more


Postimees - Estonia | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

Austerity policy will continue to prevail

Angela Merkel will win the elections and continue to impose the German austerity ideology in Europe, the liberal daily Postimees believes: » more


El País - Spain | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

Merkel scores with Europe policy

Angela Merkel is in the lead in the election campaign because her management of the euro crisis has won the voters' respect, the left-liberal daily El País comments after the chancellor's TV debate with her rival Peer Steinbrück: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

A chancellor with Mary Poppins syndrome

Neither contender emerged the clear victor from the TV debate, but the contest did expose shortcomings in Angela Merkel's dialectics, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore concludes: » more


Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 3. September 2013

No one says the inconvenient truth

The euro crisis was the only contentious issue in the otherwise harmonious TV debate between Merkel and Steinbrück - but both politicians were sparing with the truth here, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments: » more


Tvxs - Greece | Monday, 2. September 2013

Athens must stand up to Bild campaign

A few days ago the German newspaper Bild published several draft election posters on which the leading candidates pledge to pay no more money to Greece. The web portal Tvxs criticises the indifference of Greek politicians vis-à-vis Bild's populism: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 2. September 2013

TV duel Merkel vs. Steinbrück ends undecided

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Peer Steinbrück met on Sunday for their one and only TV duel before the parliamentary elections. For the Tages-Anzeiger there was no clear winner: » more


ABC - Spain | Thursday, 29. August 2013

Merkel wrong to rail against Greece

Speaking at a campaign rally on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed her predecessor Gerhard Schröder for allowing Greece to join the Eurozone and thus for paving the way for the current crisis. The conservative daily ABC disagrees, arguing that Germany's banks are the main culprits: » more


Népszabadság - Hungary | Thursday, 22. August 2013

Angela Merkel's brave visit to Dachau

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the memorial site of the former Dachau concentration camp on Tuesday. Afterwards, at a pre-election rally held by the CSU, the sister party of Merkel's conservative CDU, she said that never again should people be persecuted because of their origins, religion, or political or sexual orientation. According to the left-liberal daily Népszabadság Merkel couldn't have chosen a better place to send this message: » more


El País - Spain | Wednesday, 21. August 2013

From Dachau to beer tent: Merkel under fire

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday became the first German chancellor to visit the former Dachau concentration camp. The left-liberal daily El País explains why such a visit in the midst of the election campaign has provoked an outcry: » more


Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 19. August 2013

Moritz Schuller on political leaders disempowered by the troika

The euro crisis is not an issue in the German elections to the Bundestag - and no wonder since the crisis has long been the exclusive preserve of the troika made up of the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF, journalist Moritz Schuller complains in the liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 12. August 2013

Merkel's twilight has begun

According to all opinion polls, Angela Merkel can look forward to beginning her third mandate as German chancellor come September. But this is not necessarily good news for Europe, former British minister of state for Europe Denis MacShane writes in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

 

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