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Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

March 13, 2014, 12:56 PM

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court is one of the country's most formidable institutions. Yet recently it has faced criticism for its rulings on the euro and European unification. Have its justices crossed the line between jurisprudence and politics? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

March 12, 2014, 06:32 PM

In recent years, crystal meth use seems to have exploded in Germany, particularly along the Czech border. As researchers are discovering, the population of users is much more diverse than many people expect. By Anna Kistner more... Comment ]


Gurlitt Fallout: New Yorker Fights to Regain Family Heirloom

March 11, 2014, 06:31 PM

During the Nazi era, David Toren's great-uncle was robbed of his art collection. Now one of the paintings has been recovered in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment, and Toren is fighting to get it back. But the Germans aren't making it easy. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

March 11, 2014, 11:34 AM

Ukraine's dependence on gas from Russia has often been used as a political weapon by Moscow in conflicts with its neighbor. German companies are now considering how Western European gas could be rerouted to Kiev if the Kremlin decides to cut supplies. By Frank Dohmen more... Comment ]

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

March 06, 2014, 03:47 PM

Two monuments to East Germany's peaceful revolution of 1989 were supposed to be unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn. But due to a raft of obstacles, from roosting bats to technical challenges, neither project will be ready on time. By Stefan Berg and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Extremism: Germany's New Islamophobia Boom

Right-Wing Extremism: Germany's New Islamophobia Boom

March 05, 2014, 05:02 PM

Across Germany, right-wing organizations are using anti-Islam rhetoric to further their ideas -- and finding a receptive audience. Now legal experts are debating whether it's time for a new kind of hate-crime legislation. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

March 03, 2014, 11:09 AM

Amid tensions over Japan's historical war crimes, Chinese President Xi Jinping had wanted Chancellor Angela Merkel to show him World War II memorials during his upcoming visit to Berlin. Germany, however, wants no part of Beijing's propaganda offensive. more... Comment ]

ICE 3.0: Will New High-Speed Train Ever Make It to London?

ICE 3.0: Will New High-Speed Train Ever Make It to London?

February 28, 2014, 02:52 PM

After years of delays, Siemens' next-generation high-speed ICE trains have finally been approved by German regulators. But another hurdle still lies ahead: getting permission to run them to London. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Neo-Nazi Mole: Could the NSU Murders Have Been Prevented?

Neo-Nazi Mole: Could the NSU Murders Have Been Prevented?

February 27, 2014, 02:47 PM

For years, Michael von Dolsperg provided German intelligence with information from the neo-Nazi scene. But when the NSU terror trio came to light, his file was shredded. Why? Could details he provided have prevented the murder spree? By Hubert Gude more... Video | Comment ]

Interview with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'History Judges the Success of Foreign Policy'

Interview with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier: 'History Judges the Success of Foreign Policy'

February 24, 2014, 05:27 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants the country to take a more active approach to foreign policy. He spoke to SPIEGEL about the situation in Ukraine, the Merkel Doctrine and Germany's changing global role. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]