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 establishing ever-closer ties with Moscow. Now, the AfD's youth wing has forged 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 ]



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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 ]

Germany's Election Hangover The Right Wing Takes Flight

Germany's Election Hangover: The Right Wing Takes Flight

Every mainstream political party in Germany threw its support behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies -- forcing doubters into the open arms of the right-wing populists. It's time for German politicians to be clearer about where they stand. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

Third Republic Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Stability used to define Germany's political system. But the refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape. The rise of the fringe has eroded the traditional centers of power. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Interview with Bavarian Governor Seehofer 'The Country Is Divided'

Interview with Bavarian Governor Seehofer: 'The Country Is Divided'

Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer has been extremely critical of Chancellor Merkel's approach to the refugee crisis. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about limiting migration, his relationship with Merkel and why he is upset with the German media. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]