Anti-celebrity politicians succeed by styling themselves as authentic alternatives to more showy statesmen.
Following the German election, all of the country’s major party leaders agreed that Germany needs to move forward. But if the electorate had had its way, it would have re-elected Angela Merkel.
After beating the formerly biggest party to top the poll, the social democrats will enter complex coalition talks with potential partners, including the Greens and the liberal FDP.
With a very close result as counting continues, it could be weeks or even months before a government is formed. But Sunday’s election has already delivered some significant results.
Germany’s imminent election may seem far away, but in an inter-connected world threatened by political and climate instability, the outcome will affect New Zealand in significant ways.
Only 7% of Australia’s federal MPs have backgrounds in science. What would it look like if they were a majority?
Grand coalitions and fragile alliances have become standard procedure in the Bundestag.
Germany was steady under its longstanding chancellor, but also stagnant.
How many other world leaders can claim to have become a verb?
There is no clear frontrunner to replace Merkel as next German chancellor after this weekend’s election, but whoever succeeds her will have huge shoes to fill.
After a rocky start, the social democrats are on the up as polling day approaches.
After a prolonged campaign, Germany’s biggest coalition has chosen the man who will lead it into September’s general election.
A recent survey conducted in eight European countries provides a snapshot of citizens’ views of their own countries’ leaders as well as those who influence the future of the EU.
As her 16-year reign as German Chancellor comes to an end, Merkel will be remembered for her staunch centrism and her willingness to wait to sense the political mood - sometimes then changing course.
The October launch of the “EU-US Dialogue on China” shows that the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of coordination and cooperation when facing up to Xi Jinping.
The media’s muting of women’s voices when reporting the COVID-19 crisis keeps women on the margins.
Fewer cases, fewer deaths and earlier lockdowns were in evidence across nations with female figureheads.
Germany, New Zealand and Taiwan share a common trait beyond having women in the top job.
Why a new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China of MPs from 11 countries is a step in the right direction.
It is no accident that those leaders who have responded worst to this crisis have also been the main sources of countless conspiracy theories and misinformation.