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The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

January 25, 2016, 06:07 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now? By Markus Feldenkirchen and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin: 'The Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore'

Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin: 'The Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore'

January 22, 2016, 07:59 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, billionaire real estate mogul Zhang Xin discusses the recent market crash, the end of China's building boom and why she views Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a role model for the wealthy. Interview Conducted by Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Stemming the Flow: Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

Stemming the Flow: Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

January 22, 2016, 06:57 PM

Officially, the German government wants a Europe-wide solution to the Continent's mounting refugee problem. Behind the scenes, though, Berlin is searching for a Plan B to solve the crisis. Is the country moving closer to closing its borders? By Dietmar Hipp, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'We Are Running Out of Time for Refugee Solutions'

Interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'We Are Running Out of Time for Refugee Solutions'

January 22, 2016, 05:24 PM

Thus far, Europe has failed to agree on a joint approach to the refugee crisis. In an interview in Davos, Germany's finance minister warns that time is running out. If Schengen collapses, he warns, the European Union is in trouble. Interview Conducted by David Böcking and Stefan Kaiser in Davos more... Comment ]

Stretched to the Limit: Has the German State Lost Control?

Stretched to the Limit: Has the German State Lost Control?

January 21, 2016, 07:00 PM

After the violent excesses in Cologne on New Year's Eve, German government failures have come to light, with many asking if the country is still safe. Police and the justice system have been stretched to their limits. New laws won't fix the problem, but extra personnel could. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

January 21, 2016, 03:29 PM

The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation -- and now wishes he hadn't. This is his story. By Clemens Höges in Kasserine, Tunisia more... Comment ]

A Feminist View of Cologne: 'The Current Outrage Is Very Hypocritical'

A Feminist View of Cologne: 'The Current Outrage Is Very Hypocritical'

January 21, 2016, 10:56 AM

Germany's leading feminist, Alice Schwarzer, says the sexual attacks in Cologne make it necessary to look closer at Muslim immigration. Prominent feminist Anne Wizorek disagrees. SPIEGEL brought them together for a joint interview. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

January 20, 2016, 04:05 PM

The village of Kallstadt is famous in Germany for its local specialty, stuffed pork belly. It's also the place that Donald Trump's grandfather called home before emigrating to America. Locals are ambivalent about the man's politics and his bid for the presidency. By Kevin Hagen and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]

Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

Merkel's Last Stand? Chancellor Running Out of Time on Refugee Issue

January 19, 2016, 06:20 PM

Angela Merkel has repeatedly said that it will take time to solve the refugee crisis. But impatience is growing, particularly following the sexual assaults in Cologne. Voices of discontent are getting louder and the chancellor's hold on power may be weakening. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

January 17, 2016, 02:28 PM

Polish European Council President Donald Tusk has said little about the constitutional crisis in his home country. But during a closed-door meeting at the European Parliament on Tuesday, he did little to hide his views. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]