Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Center-Right Dispute: Merkel to Delay Announcement of Chancellery Candidacy

Chancellor Merkel has decided to push back her announcement as to whether she intends to run for a fourth term as chancellor, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The delay is the product of an unresolved dispute with her Bavarian sister party, the CSU. more...



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Two Weeks in September The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Fear Unveiled Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Fear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Calls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Burqa Ban Debate Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Some conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place. By Jan Friedmann, Dietmar Hipp and Conny Neumann more... Comment ]

Losing Trust Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

In the wake of recent attacks, Germany's conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Therapy and Prevention The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

Therapy and Prevention: The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

The recent spate of deadly attacks in Germany have highlighted the need to intervene with angry young men before they turn to extremism or violence. But the country has a lot of catching up to do -- and the work can be controversial. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Terror Investigation Germany Attackers Had Contact with Suspected IS Members

Terror Investigation: Germany Attackers Had Contact with Suspected IS Members

The perpetrators of recent attacks in Ansbach and Würzburg in Germany had contacts with suspected Islamic State members in Saudi Arabia, SPIEGEL has learned. Chat transcripts suggest one of the perpetrators may have been planning to strike again. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Terror in Germany How Close Were Attackers' Links to the Islamic State?

Terror in Germany: How Close Were Attackers' Links to the Islamic State?

The attackers in Ansbach and Würzburg lived inconspicuously in Germany for months. Evidence is mounting to suggest that when they did act, they acted on instructions from the Islamic State. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Country on Tenterhooks Germans Wonder If Terror Can Be Prevented

A Country on Tenterhooks: Germans Wonder If Terror Can Be Prevented

Following the attacks in Munich, Würzburg and Ansbach, many are asking how the violence can be stopped. There is an answer to this question, but will it be heard in these turbulent times? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister 'No Constitutional State Can Prevent Every Crime'

German Interior Minister: 'No Constitutional State Can Prevent Every Crime'

After this week's attack on a train near Würzburg, fears of terror in Germany are growing. In an interview, German Interior Minister de Maizière says greater security precautions at major events are needed, but that acts of violence cannot be completely eliminated. Interview Conducted by Jörg Schindler and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]