Suspected Sleeper Cell: Was Islamic State Really Planning an Attack in Germany?

Suspected Sleeper Cell: Was Islamic State Really Planning an Attack in Germany?

In early June, German investigators arrested several suspected members of an IS sleeper cell. A member of the group had turned himself in, claiming that plans were underway for an attack in Düsseldorf. Can he be trusted? The authorities are unsure. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]



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'I Can Hardly Breathe Here' German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

'I Can Hardly Breathe Here': German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

Cases of sexual assault in German refugee shelters are on the rise, with women and children facing the greatest danger. Despite pleas for help from the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has done little to offer additional protections. By Riham Alkousaa, Julia Klaus, Ann-Katrin Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


The AfD Wedge Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

The AfD Wedge: Bavarian Conservatives Weigh Split from Merkel's CDU

The rise of the right-wing populist AfD has driven a wedge between Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party. The CSU is now threatening to go it alone, with officials saying they may campaign against the chancellor in the 2017 election.  By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Moscow's Fifth Column German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

Moscow's Fifth Column: German Populists Forge Ties with Russia

The right-wing populist, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany party is seeking ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing is discussing an alliance with the youth movement of Putin's party United Russia. The AfD is also courting Russian-German voters. By Melanie Amann and Pavel Lokshin more... Comment ]

The 'Freital Group' German Prosecutors Go After Right-Wing Terrorism

The 'Freital Group': German Prosecutors Go After Right-Wing Terrorism

Local prosecutors in a German state believed a group had sought to intimidate refugees. But federal prosecutors have now taken over the case, accusing members of being part of a far-right terror cell that may have been out to kill. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Attacking Beer Purity The Twilight of Germany's Reinheitsgebot

Attacking Beer Purity: The Twilight of Germany's Reinheitsgebot

Germany's beer purity law celebrates its 500th birthday this weekend. The strict brewing rules are world-famous, but they also limit experimentation. With a rise of craft brewers and the loss of key legal battles, does the proud tradition have a future? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

Erdogan and the Satirist Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

Erdogan and the Satirist: Inside Merkel's Comedy Conundrum

With his insulting poem about Turkish President Erdogan, Jan Böhmermann has triggered an affair of state. Now, Chancellor Merkel has elected to allow legal proceedings against the German comedian. What, though, was Böhmermann's intent? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Insulting Erdogan Merkel Falls Flat over a Satirical Poem

Insulting Erdogan: Merkel Falls Flat over a Satirical Poem

A satirical poem targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become an affair of state. Chancellor Angela Merkel's handling of the crisis has been abysmal and shows that she is losing her grip on power. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

AfD Head Frauke Petry 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

AfD Head Frauke Petry: 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

Frauke Petry, head of the populist Alternative for Germany, rejects the notion that her party is too far to the right. In a SPIEGEL interview, she speaks about patriotism, German history and her own childhood. Interview conducted by Susanne Beyer and Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Fury and the AfD Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]