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Foiled Islamist Attack in Germany: A Terrorist, Three Heroes and a Bumbling Judiciary

Foiled Islamist Attack in Germany: A Terrorist, Three Heroes and a Bumbling Judiciary

October 14, 2016, 06:16 PM

Jaber al-Bakr was allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Berlin. But then he was captured, tied up and turned into the police by three Syrian refugees. SPIEGEL spoke with the trio and with al-Bakr's brother to learn more about the case -- one which ended with al-Bakr's suicide and questions about the German judiciary. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Kitsch King's Palaces Get a Facelift

Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Kitsch King's Palaces Get a Facelift

October 14, 2016, 09:47 AM

Bavaria's King Ludwig II is largely remembered for the numerous fairytale palaces he built in the Alpine foothills of Bavaria, including Neuschwanstein castle. Now, though, many of them are in need of serious restoration work. And it's not going to be easy. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Attack Plans in Germany: Refugees Celebrate Capture of Terror Suspect

Attack Plans in Germany: Refugees Celebrate Capture of Terror Suspect

October 11, 2016, 12:15 PM

Syrian refugees on Sunday night captured a man suspected of planning a terror attack in Germany, tied him up and turned him over to police. As information about his plans continues to emerge, Syrians in Germany are celebrating the man's capture. more...


Sheikh Up: Qatari Investors Eyeing Control of Deutsche Bank

Sheikh Up: Qatari Investors Eyeing Control of Deutsche Bank

October 07, 2016, 06:29 PM

Strategic errors, massive fines and attacks by speculators have created a major crisis for Germany's most important bank. Now, investors from Qatar, who already own some 10 percent of Deutsche Bank, are considering taking control. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

A Legacy of East Germany: Where Does the Hate Come From?

A Legacy of East Germany: Where Does the Hate Come From?

October 05, 2016, 10:46 AM

Hatred of refugees is widespread in Germany, but it seems particularly prominent in the eastern half of the country. There are several reasons for that, and many of them stem from life under communism -- and unfulfilled expectations afterwards. An Essay by Stefan Berg more... Comment ]


 One Month in Clausnitz: A Visit to Ground Zero of Refugee Anxiety

 One Month in Clausnitz: A Visit to Ground Zero of Refugee Anxiety

September 28, 2016, 05:45 PM

The village of Clausnitz in Saxony became shorthand for the ugly, xenophobic side of Germany after residents threatened a bus full of refugees. We spent a month in the town in an attempt to find out what happened. By Takis Würger (text) and Sven Döring (photos) more... Comment ]

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

Down and Out? How Merkel Could Win Re-Election Next Year

September 19, 2016, 03:08 PM

With national elections just a year away, many have written Angela Merkel off. Yet even as her party continues to suffer in state elections, there are a host of reasons why the chancellor can hope for a fourth term -- assuming she decides to run. An Analysis by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]


An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

September 16, 2016, 06:10 PM

For months, the refugee policy rift between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her nominal political ally Horst Seehofer, the powerful governor of Bavaria, has been widening. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Seehofer says the rift could worsen if Merkel doesn't agree to a hard ceiling on immigration. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Merkel's Challenge: Navigating the Post-Fact Era

Merkel's Challenge: Navigating the Post-Fact Era

September 13, 2016, 01:23 PM

Angela Merkel used to be celebrated for her composed determination and sober analysis of the facts. Now, though, her refusal to own up to her mistakes makes her look stubborn -- and facts have lost their importance. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

September 09, 2016, 06:10 PM

Chancellor Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]