Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Construction on Berlin's new city palace is continuing apace, but organizers lack the money necessary for the structure's Baroque facade. Even worse, the Berlin city-state may back out of the project. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]



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Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

He only recently took office as European Commission president, but now, Jean-Claude Juncker is under pressure due to potentially illegal tax deals forged in Luxembourg during his stint as the country's prime minister. Some believe he may have to resign. By Nikolaus Blome, Christoph Pauly, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Germany's New Right The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

Germany's New Right: The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

The riots in Cologne at the end of October show there is a new danger on Germany's extremist right. Neo-Nazis and football hooligans have teamed up to go after Islamist Salafists. Many are wondering why officials didn't recognize the development sooner. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Flippin' Good Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Hamburgers may be named after the northern German city, but only recently has it become easier to find a good one in the country. A wave of gourmet burger joints is now sweeping Germany, and fast food restaurants could soon be feeling the pinch. By Alexander Kühn and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

The Reckoning Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

The Reckoning: Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

Helmut Kohl spent over 600 hours speaking with the journalist Heribert Schwan about his life's work. The secret tapes reveal a chancellor resentful of his public image and disdainful of many of those around him, including Angela Merkel. By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget. By Horand Knaup and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Extremist Trap Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US sacrificed its values and betrayed its civil rights. With a new Islamist threat brewing, Germany must avoid avoid making the same mistakes. Its democracy is strong enough to withstand the threat. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

Systemic Shame Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

Systemic Shame: Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

Horrific images from a German asylum home have recently focused attention on the country's broken system for sheltering refugees. Political failures and climbing numbers have resulted in chaos -- and even the use of right-wing extremists as guards. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Merkel Effect What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

East Germany ceased to exist following the 1989 revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But did the former communist country help shape today's Germany? The answer is yes, and Chancellor Merkel is a big reason why. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Germany's Disarmed Forces Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany wants to strengthen its role in international affairs. But recent reports suggest the country's weapons systems are in such disrepair that Berlin actually has very little to offer its partners. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]