Thomas E. Schmidt
is cultural correspondent for Die Zeit.
On tedium in German politics
German politics is defined by a tedium in which all influential actors strive to maintain consensus between the economy and politics. Angela Merkel is the apotheosis of this political culture, explains Thomas E. Schmidt. [more]
For the fledgling German Green Party, nature was both a term of political struggle and the basis for a new social morality. The Green horizon of self-induced annihilation has since led to a fundamental change in political agenda-setting. [more]