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Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

July 31, 2018, 02:45 PM

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

July 27, 2018, 06:27 PM

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

July 27, 2018, 06:27 PM

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

July 27, 2018, 03:41 PM

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

July 26, 2018, 06:10 PM

How does it feel to be Jewish in Germany in 2018? After decades of successful reconciliation and integration, an increase in anti-Semitic attacks has many Jews in Germany wondering: Is the pendulum swinging back? By Annette Großbongardt more... Comment ]


China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

July 26, 2018, 02:01 PM

In western China, Beijing is using the most modern means available to control its Uighur minority. Tens of thousands have disappeared into re-education camps. A journey to an eerily quiet region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh: Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh: Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

July 25, 2018, 06:03 PM

The religious police has been stripped of power, pop concerts are now allowed and women are even permitted to drive cars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is liberalizing Saudi Arabian society but the system remains authoritarian. Can it work? By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

July 20, 2018, 06:03 PM

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

July 20, 2018, 06:03 PM

Explosive narcissism and vulgar capitalism: It is impossible to engage in politics with this U.S. president. Europe should resist the temptation to fixate on Donald Trump and instead pursue its own goals. That's the lesson of a deeply disorienting week. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Germany's Acute Nursing Shortage: My Nurse Named Mohamed

Germany's Acute Nursing Shortage: My Nurse Named Mohamed

July 18, 2018, 03:59 PM

German retirement homes are having trouble finding geriatric nurses. To resolve the problem, they're looking for help from abroad, recently expanding that search to Africa. Is it a good strategy? And for whom? By Christoph Titz more...