From Merkel to Baerbock: Female Politicians Still Face Sexism in Germany

August 31, 2021

Angela Merkel has become a symbol of women's success and self-assertion in a political arena still dominated by men, both in Germany and globally. Until a few months ago, the prospect of a female successor seemed very likely. But the initial euphoria, shortly after the Green Party named Annalena...

What Drives the Politics of Rage?

July 19, 2018

In the past, emotions in politics were too often negatively defined, dismissed as symptoms of immaturity and irrationality.  "I'm mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” shouts news anchor Howard Beale in the 1975 movie Network. Thousands of ordinary people follow his lead,...

Get Ready for Germany’s New Old Coalition

January 18, 2018

Germany's coalitions talks have been frustrated by months of political deadlock. Put simply, last September’s general election was a disaster for Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). With Martin Schultz at the helm, the party saw its share of the vote fall from 34.2% in 2005 to a record...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

November 26, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. There are times when the ground beneath our feet shakes. Events occur and, even as they are unfolding, we realize their historic significance. As the news of the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

November 26, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. There are times when the ground beneath our feet shakes. Events occur and, even as they are unfolding, we realize their historic significance. As the news of the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1...