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Holocaust Gaffe: Printing Error Causes Donald Duck Chaos

Holocaust Gaffe: Printing Error Causes Donald Duck Chaos

May 29, 2012, 01:13 PM

It was an honest mistake with unfortunate consequences. In the most recent German translation of the Mickey Mouse comics, the word "Holocaust" accidentally appears as a gratulatory word. The German publisher attributes the mishap to a printing error and immediately recalled the issue, blacking out the word by hand. more...


European Union Survey: Greeks and Germans Are 'Polar Opposites'

European Union Survey: Greeks and Germans Are 'Polar Opposites'

May 29, 2012, 12:45 PM

Germans are seen as the hardest working and least corruptible people in the European Union, a survey of eight EU countries shows, with Chancellor Angela Merkel receiving good marks for her crisis management. Greece, which has high praise for itself, is viewed poorly by its neighbors. more...


Internet Watchdogs: Parliament Watch Gives Voters Access to Politicians

Internet Watchdogs: Parliament Watch Gives Voters Access to Politicians

May 25, 2012, 05:11 PM

Though they often vote for a party rather than an individual lawmaker, German citizens can question their elected local and federal representatives directly, thanks to a website called Parliament Watch. The founders have expanded to other European countries and have plans for Tunisia and possibly even the United States. By Paul Glader in Hamburg more...

The Role of the Father: Honor Killing Verdict Has Prosecutors Wanting More

The Role of the Father: Honor Killing Verdict Has Prosecutors Wanting More

May 24, 2012, 05:46 PM

A German court last week convicted and sentenced five siblings in the kidnapping and murder of their younger sister Arzu. Prosecutors, however, are still not satisfied. They believe that the family's father ordered the honor killing and are hoping to find enough evidence to put him behind bars. By Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Body Hunt: Police Stage Major Raids on German Hells Angels

Body Hunt: Police Stage Major Raids on German Hells Angels

May 24, 2012, 04:59 PM

They were looking for a body, and ended up shooting a dog. Some 1,000 police took part in a series of raids on sites linked to the Hells Angels outlaw biker club in northern Germany on Thursday morning. Several arrests were made in the search for evidence in connection with various crimes, including human and weapons trafficking. more...

The World from Berlin: Merkel Faces 'Herculean' Task on Green Energy

The World from Berlin: Merkel Faces 'Herculean' Task on Green Energy

May 24, 2012, 03:54 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a summit Wednesday to review the lack of progress in the country's dramatic nuclear phaseout and shift to renewable energies. On the editorial pages, many commentators are critical of government policies that have caused electricity prices to soar. more...

The World from Berlin: A German Political Giant's 'Grandiose Failure'

The World from Berlin: A German Political Giant's 'Grandiose Failure'

May 23, 2012, 04:20 PM

After years of growth, Germany's Left Party is in disarray. Weeks of bitter infighting have weakened the far-left party and now its most important figure Oskar Lafontaine has withdrawn his candidacy for its leadership. German commentators say he alone is to blame for the chaos left behind. more...

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

May 23, 2012, 03:53 PM

Germany's energy revolution has hardly begun, but it's already running out of steam. There is a lack of political decisiveness and companies are complaining of a dearth of incentives to invest billions in necessary infrastructure. Progress or no progress, taxpayers continue footing the bill. By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Michael Sauga and Andreas Wassermann more...

New Edition of Hitler Polemic: '"Mein Kampf" Is the Shell, We're Removing the Fuse'

New Edition of Hitler Polemic: '"Mein Kampf" Is the Shell, We're Removing the Fuse'

May 23, 2012, 01:09 PM

Hitler's polemic "Mein Kampf" has long been a no-go zone for German publishers. But a Munich historical institute is now publishing the first scholarly edition of the book since World War II. In a SPIEGEL interview, project head Christian Hartmann discusses why it is both controversial and necessary. more...

Free Money: German Central Bank Issues Zero-Rate Bonds

Free Money: German Central Bank Issues Zero-Rate Bonds

May 23, 2012, 12:53 PM

For the first time in history, Germany issued long term bonds with a zero percent coupon rate on Wednesday. The demand reveals the deep concerns investors have about the euro zone and their desire for a safe place to park their capital -- even if it costs them money to do so.  more...