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'Is Hanover Near the Sea?': First Syrian Refugees Land in Germany

'Is Hanover Near the Sea?': First Syrian Refugees Land in Germany

September 11, 2013, 09:32 PM

Some are injured, some are traumatized, but all have been forced to flee. A million Syrians have left their country because of the civil war. Germany has agreed to offer temporary asylum to 5,000, and the first refugees took off for Hanover on Wednesday. By Christoph Reuter in Beirut more... Comment ]


Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

September 11, 2013, 08:35 PM

Germany's top federal administrative court has ruled that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. The judges argue they can wear a burqini to address any concerns about religious dress codes. more...


Tiny Utopias: German Parties Create Mini Fantasy Worlds

Tiny Utopias: German Parties Create Mini Fantasy Worlds

September 11, 2013, 05:07 PM

A miniature railway museum in Hamburg has given the country's six largest political parties a small plot of "land" to show off their visions of a future Germany, which include gay blood donation, Bavarian festivals and members of the far right taking a beating. more... Comment ]

Dodging the Issues: Merkel Campaign Driven by Fear of Voters

Dodging the Issues: Merkel Campaign Driven by Fear of Voters

September 11, 2013, 03:56 PM

The German campaign is in full swing, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is carefully avoiding controversial issues. Her stump message focuses entirely on her person and gives short shrift to her plans for Germany's future. Her only platform is her popularity. By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Germany's Greens Become a Party of the Rich

Germany's Greens Become a Party of the Rich

September 11, 2013, 12:54 PM

It became famous the world over for its progressive, and often anything but pro-business, environmental policies, but if a new study is to be believed, the Greens are becoming a party of the rich. The study found that the Greens even attract a bigger percentage of Germany's upwardly mobile than the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), long a party associated with the privileged. By Daryl Lindsey more... Comment ]

Fickle Electorate: Why Are German Political Polls So Inaccurate?

Fickle Electorate: Why Are German Political Polls So Inaccurate?

September 11, 2013, 10:43 AM

In recent years, German pollsters have been subject to intense scrutiny, partly due to the waning reliability of their data. Those who conduct surveys, though, say the country's shifting political landscape and increasingly capricious voters are to blame. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Nazi Leader 'Mystery': Secret Rudolf Hess File to be Auctioned

Nazi Leader 'Mystery': Secret Rudolf Hess File to be Auctioned

September 10, 2013, 05:19 PM

A dossier of documents apparently drawn up by Rudolf Hess after the Nazi leader's flight to Scotland in 1941 has been discovered, and will be auctioned in the US. Whether it will shed any light on the bizarre actions of the Deputy Führer is another matter. By Axel Frohn more... Comment ]

City Made to Re-Hang Far-Right Campaign Posters

City Made to Re-Hang Far-Right Campaign Posters

September 10, 2013, 04:42 PM

A city in Germany removed a campaign poster of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) because it found it discriminating. The party, described by security authorities as anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic, sought a legal injunction against the decision and won. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

Integration Case : Court to Rule on Swim Lessons for Muslim Girls

Integration Case : Court to Rule on Swim Lessons for Muslim Girls

September 09, 2013, 06:56 PM

A German court will rule Wednesday whether Muslim girls can be exempted from co-ed swimming lessons, an issue that has sparked many disputes. The judges must decide what takes precedence: freedom of religion or the state's obligation to educate all. By Matthias Bartsch, Dietmar Hipp and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

September 09, 2013, 06:22 PM

For years, intelligence services from the US and Germany conducted a secret project on German soil. Together, they developed a counter-terrorism database -- with even a journalist coming under suspicion. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

NSA Affair: Germans Conduct Helicopter Flyover of US Consulate

NSA Affair: Germans Conduct Helicopter Flyover of US Consulate

September 09, 2013, 05:59 PM

Under orders from Germany's domestic intelligence agency, a federal police helicopter conducted a flyover of the US Consulate in Frankfurt, the government in Berlin has confirmed. Officials were apparently searching for surveillance equipment. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Erotic Dance Show Energizes Merkel Voters

Erotic Dance Show Energizes Merkel Voters

September 09, 2013, 05:24 PM

How do you energize your party's grassroots if you enjoy a massive lead in the public opinion polls? That's exactly the conundrum facing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats with just two weeks to go before the election. But on Sunday, the party seemed to have found at least one potential solution: A variety show complete with scantily clad performers. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]

Pioneering Care: Berlin Clinic Takes on Female Circumcision

Pioneering Care: Berlin Clinic Takes on Female Circumcision

September 09, 2013, 04:51 PM

The Desert Flower Center, opening in Berlin this week, is the first facility in Europe to offer a comprehensive treatment package to victims of female genital mutilation. While they welcome the project, some activists believe the problem is more effectively adressed at its roots. By Jane Paulick more... Comment ]