Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

Interview with German Intelligence Chief 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe, Fidelius Schmid and Alfred Weinzierl more... Comment ]

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

Erdogan and His Followers Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

Turkey is divided ahead of a key constitutional referendum to grant President Erdogan more power. So too is Germany's Turkish population. Officials are concerned that violence could be the result while ordinary Germans are unable to understand how anyone could support Erdogan. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Germany's Deportation Lottery Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Security Holes: German Parties and Ministries Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks

Security Holes German Parties and Ministries Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks

Politicians in Germany are warning about the threat of hacking attacks, but when it comes to their own data, many are too careless. SPIEGEL reporting has determined that some German political parties are failing to take advice from the country's information security authority seriously enough. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]


'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

'Rearmament Spiral' A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Exclusive: Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists

SPIEGEL Exclusive Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists

Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years, including employees of the BBC, Reuters and the New York Times. Critics see a massive violation of press freedoms. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Schulz versus Merkel The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany Merkel Might Lose After All

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

'Achilles Heel' Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences. By Melanie Amann, Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]