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Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

January 22, 2018, 06:28 PM

Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape. By Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do

Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do

January 22, 2018, 02:10 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has completely reversed her refugee policies without bothering to tell German voters why she has done so. Such imperiousness is a common problem for those who have been in office for too long. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

January 19, 2018, 06:38 PM

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever. By Melanie Amann, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?

Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?

January 17, 2018, 06:59 PM

Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

January 12, 2018, 07:01 PM

An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]


Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

January 08, 2018, 09:44 AM

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

January 04, 2018, 06:29 PM

German right-wing populists are blasting a new law regulating hate postings on Twitter and Facebook, saying it destroys freedom of opinion in the country. But their tirades are misplaced. By Hussein Ahmad, Melanie Amann, Sven Röbel and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]


Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

December 15, 2017, 06:01 PM

Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

End of an Era: Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

End of an Era: Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

December 15, 2017, 06:00 PM

The Merkel era has been characterized by a deep yearning for stability. Yet her tenure has led to Germany's current period of instability. It is time to move on from Merkelism. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

December 15, 2017, 05:47 PM

One year after the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the relatives of the victims feel like the German authorities have treated them callously or neglected them. Some of their anger is also directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Britta Stuff and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more...