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The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

October 02, 2014, 11:15 AM

East Germany ceased to exist following the 1989 revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But did the former communist country help shape today's Germany? The answer is yes, and Chancellor Merkel is a big reason why. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

September 30, 2014, 04:59 PM

Germany wants to strengthen its role in international affairs. But recent reports suggest the country's weapons systems are in such disrepair that Berlin actually has very little to offer its partners. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Sharing Burdens: Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy

Sharing Burdens: Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy

September 22, 2014, 05:45 PM

The number of asylum-seekers in Germany is growing rapidly and many towns and cities are struggling to house them. The country's interior minister is pushing for changes to the EU's refugee policies in an effort to share the burden across the continent. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

September 18, 2014, 12:57 PM

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

September 17, 2014, 12:46 PM

Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home. Now the country's court system is gearing up for the coming legal battles -- and facing myriad challenges. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

August 28, 2014, 02:24 PM

As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death.  Interview Conducted by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

August 28, 2014, 01:18 PM

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust. By Klaus Wiegrefe more...

Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

August 18, 2014, 02:14 PM

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that Germany has inadvertently spied on Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and has also deliberately targeted Turkey. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

August 14, 2014, 12:59 PM

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations. By Simon Pfanzeit more... Comment ]

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

August 06, 2014, 03:28 PM

For decades, Turks in Germany weren't able to vote, neither in their homeland nor in their adopted country. Now, Prime Minister Erdogan has changed that in the search for more support. But the Turkish electorate in Germany is torn. By Katrin Elger and Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]