In Würzburg, Germany, a perpetrator has been killed after critically wounding passengers on a regional train in an axe and knife attack. Officials found a hand-painted Islamic State flag in the attacker's room. more...
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.
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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. more... [ Comment ]
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. more... [ Comment ]
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. more... [ Comment ]
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. more... [ Comment ]
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? more... [ Comment ]
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? more... [ Comment ]
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. more... [ Comment ]
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. more... [ Comment ]