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The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

July 16, 2014, 02:42 PM

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]


Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown

Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown

July 14, 2014, 06:40 PM

The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be planning additional measures as it seeks answers from Washington. more... Comment ]


Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

July 14, 2014, 01:46 PM

Sunday's German World Cup win was no fluke, but a hard-won victory and a triumph of team spirit, best embodied by the indelible image of Bastian Schweinsteiger's bloody facial wound. By Sara Peschke and Rafael Buschmann in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

July 14, 2014, 01:00 PM

Over the past eight years, Germany has worked hard to transform its football team. Sunday night's dramatic extra-time World Cup win shows that, while you can never plan for good luck, hard work and doggedness will go a long way in fostering it. A Commentary By Christian Gödecke more... Comment ]

Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

July 11, 2014, 05:50 PM

In recent years, a new protest culture has made it more difficult for to complete big infrastructure projects in Germany. Now leaders are growing increasingly frustrated with protesters' unwillingness to compromise, and worry they're endangering the country's future. By Sven Böll, Horand Knaup and Paul Middelhoff more... Comment ]

NATO's Rasmussen: 'Active Role' for Germany 'Decisive for Europe's Future'

NATO's Rasmussen: 'Active Role' for Germany 'Decisive for Europe's Future'

July 11, 2014, 04:55 PM

In an interview, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses Germany's postwar tradition of pacificism and his belief the country is now ready, and indeed has the responsibility, to take on a greater role in global affairs. Interview Conducted By Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

July 10, 2014, 05:48 PM

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

July 10, 2014, 05:31 PM

In what amounts to a diplomatic earthquake, Berlin has asked the country's top CIA official to leave Germany. The measures comes in response to the second allegation in a week of a German government employee spying for the US. more... Comment ]

Spiraling Spying: Suspected Double Agent Further Strains German-US Ties

Spiraling Spying: Suspected Double Agent Further Strains German-US Ties

July 09, 2014, 03:08 PM

A year after revelations of the NSA's wide scale spying activities first emerged, the arrest of an employee at the German foreign intelligence service, suspected of being a double agent, is testing the limits of Berlin's patience with Washington. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

July 08, 2014, 06:06 PM

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]