May 14, 2013, 06:23 PM
Germany's biggest neo-Nazi trial resumed on Tuesday after an eight-day adjournment. The prosecutor read out the charges against the main defendant, Beate Zschäpe, who is accused of involvement in 10 murders. She remained impassive as the families of the victims gasped at the details of the crimes. more... [ Video | Forum ]
May 14, 2013, 05:37 PM
Until the fall of the Wall, Western pharmaceutical companies conducted drug trials in East German hospitals. More than 50,000 patients served as subjects, often without their knowledge, and many died. The human experiments haven't been fully investigated to this day despite fresh evidence of wrongdoing. By Nicola Kuhrt and Peter Wensierski more... [ Forum ]
May 14, 2013, 04:18 PM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to ignore the Alternative for Germany. But with the anti-euro party gaining ground, many among her conservatives say it is time to change strategy. They are concerned that the currency heretics could cost Merkel her re-election. By SPIEGEL Staff more... [ Forum ]
May 14, 2013, 04:14 PM
Following weeks of uncertainty, Justin Bieber's management has indicated that his tiny pet ought to be turned over to German authorities. The former Belieber will likely take up residence at a zoo in the country. more... [ Forum ]
May 14, 2013, 04:04 PM
A biography focusing on Chancellor Angela Merkel's time growing up in East Germany is making headlines because it suggests she was closer to the communist system than hitherto known. Her spokesman has denied she has covered anything up. more...
May 13, 2013, 06:12 PM
Relatives of the victims of the NSU terror cell were furious that the trial was adjourned last week so the judge could consider a defense motion of bias against him. But the victims' lawyers criticized this legitimate instrument. They are giving their clients exaggerated expectations and should know better. A commentary by Gisela Friedrichsen more... [ Video | Forum ]
May 13, 2013, 05:09 PM
"We will definitely be voted into federal parliament. I can do nothing to change that." Thus spoke Johannes Ponader, a top member of Germany's Pirate Party one year ago. It turns out, he may have been mistaken. In the last 12 months, the party has seen its support plummet -- to below the 5 percent necessary for seats in the Bundestag. And this weekend, the Pirates tried to finally turn their ship around.
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May 13, 2013, 04:19 PM
In the 1980s, some members of Germany's Green Party advocated the legalization of sex with minors. Now the party wants to come to terms with this dark chapter via an independent review of internal documents -- some of which show that the influence of pedophiles on the young party was much stronger than previously thought. By Jan Fleischhauer, Ann-Katrin Müller and René Pfister more... [ Forum ]
May 13, 2013, 11:25 AM
Last week's arrest of a 93-year-old on suspicion of abetting murder as a guard at Auschwitz is part of a late push by German authorities to bring lower-ranking Nazi helpers to justice. Legal experts say they should have -- and could have -- done so decades ago. more... [ Forum ]
May 10, 2013, 12:49 PM
The German government has been under fire ever since a murderous far-right terror cell was uncovered in 2011. Now, Chancellor Merkel's justice minister has proposed the establishment of a commission to coordinate the battle against extremism in the country. more... [ Forum ]
May 10, 2013, 12:16 PM
The dismantling of Germany's nuclear power plants will be one of the greatest tasks of the century as the country moves to phase out atomic energy. It will take at least until 2080 to complete the job. But what happens if energy utility companies who own the facilities go bust before the work is done? By Gerald Traufetter more... [ Forum ]