Martin Schulz could face a major backlash from his own party after breaking his promise not to enter government with Angela Merkel's CDU again.
The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
Will young Germans remember their history – and will older German embrace the digital future?
Germany's Social Democrat Party leadership voted in favour of a new coalition with Angela Merkel's block – but it's far from plain sailing ahead.
Germany's foreign minister could take a page from Chrystia Freeland's playbook on how his country should manage foreign policy in the Donald Trump era.
Over three months since Germans voted in national elections, preliminary talks are due to start Jan. 7 on forming a coalition government. What has taken so long?
The Chinese zodiac predicts justice, openness, tolerance and innovation for the year ahead. After a difficult political year, it could be just the tonic.
The issue of whether to allow refugees to bring their close family to Germany has been a sticking point in coalition negotiations.
Martin Schulz has said he'd rather go back into opposition than agree to another grand coalition. But is that sensible?
The parliamentary arithmetic suggests Merkel would actually be in quite a stable position if she goes it alone, without calling fresh elections.
German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
Stalemate in the Brexit negotiations is linked to a crisis of representation in Europe.
Generations of Germans have worked to create a positive national identity based on difficult self-reckoning with the Nazi era. The recent election attacks that progress.
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.
After taking more than 13% of the vote, this young party is entering parliament for the first time. And a lot of people are upset about it.
The chancellor wins again, but the rise of the populists will probably force the next administration to the right.
The chancellor remains strong but right-wing populists are likely to enter parliament on Sunday.
A survey of young voters reveals a lack of engagement in politics.
Few thought she'd go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
German elections are typically tame. Jockeying for power takes place later, in negotiations for a coalition government. Could the xenophobic Alternative for Germany form the opposition?