Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

The Fog of Disinformation German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side

The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cast doubt on whether foreigners were attacked by right-wing extremists in Chemnitz recently. And now he has become a significant problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

A terrible accident two months ago left Olympic sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel, 27, paralyzed. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks for the first time about what happened and the pointlessness of the question: "Why me?" Interview Conduct By Antje Windmann more...

Return of the Ugly German? The Riots in Chemnitz and Their Aftermath

Return of the Ugly German? The Riots in Chemnitz and Their Aftermath

In Chemnitz, refugees find themselves under threat by neo-Nazis and hooligans. Politicians have pledged to take a hard line against right-wing extremist violence, but they look helpless nonetheless. Meanwhile, the right wing seems to have the upper hand in Saxony. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Who Are We? Examining the State of German Identity

Who Are We? Examining the State of German Identity

Integration and immigration are extremely controversial issues in the Germany of today. What do they say about the state of German identity? A handful of new books add fuel to the already blazing fire. By Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]

The Chemnitz Riots: Right-Wing Mob Wreaks Havoc on German City

The Chemnitz Riots Right-Wing Mob Wreaks Havoc on German City

For the second straight day, right-wing extremists took control of the streets in the eastern German city of Chemnitz as the police lacked sufficient personnel to stop them. Hitler greetings were in no short supply. By Raphael Thelen in Chemnitz, Germany more... Comment ]


The Never-Ending Summer: Is Germany's Heat Wave a Preview of the Future?

The Never-Ending Summer Is Germany's Heat Wave a Preview of the Future?

Germany is currently experiencing a state of meteorological emergency. Although many are enjoying the scorching summer, the heat wave has left others with health problems and also led to a drought. Is this a preview of how climate change may soon change our lives? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]