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AfD Head Frauke Petry: 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

AfD Head Frauke Petry: 'The Immigration of Muslims Will Change Our Culture'

March 30, 2016, 07:41 PM

Frauke Petry, head of the populist Alternative for Germany, rejects the notion that her party is too far to the right. In a SPIEGEL interview, she speaks about patriotism, German history and her own childhood. Interview conducted by Susanne Beyer and Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]


Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

March 21, 2016, 03:27 PM

The success of the right-wing populist party AfD in recent state elections has shaken Germany. It is the expression of growing hatred of the elite among an expanding share of the population. Much of their anger is directed at Angela Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Germany's Election Hangover: The Right Wing Takes Flight

Germany's Election Hangover: The Right Wing Takes Flight

March 14, 2016, 03:57 PM

Every mainstream political party in Germany threw its support behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policies -- forcing doubters into the open arms of the right-wing populists. It's time for German politicians to be clearer about where they stand. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

Third Republic: Germany Enters a Dangerous New Political Era

March 08, 2016, 12:06 PM

Stability used to define Germany's political system. But the refugee crisis has fundamentally changed the country's party landscape. The rise of the fringe has eroded the traditional centers of power. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Interview with Bavarian Governor Seehofer: 'The Country Is Divided'

Interview with Bavarian Governor Seehofer: 'The Country Is Divided'

March 02, 2016, 06:18 PM

Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer has been extremely critical of Chancellor Merkel's approach to the refugee crisis. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about limiting migration, his relationship with Merkel and why he is upset with the German media. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Refugee Bill: Budget Battle Begins over Germany's New Residents

The Refugee Bill: Budget Battle Begins over Germany's New Residents

February 29, 2016, 05:39 PM

No one knows how much integrating the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany will ultimately cost. Yet the battle over financing has already begun. Finance Minister Schäuble doesn't want to borrow money or raise taxes, but his approach may be wrong. By Markus Dettmer and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

February 25, 2016, 07:05 PM

For a time after reunification, Saxony was widely considered an eastern German success story. Lately, however, the state's image has darkened. Weekly Pegida marches combined with an ongoing rash of anti-immigrant attacks are raising uncomfortable questions. By Maximilian Popp, Andreas Wassermann and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

February 24, 2016, 05:44 PM

Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Integration Puzzle: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life

The Integration Puzzle: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life

February 19, 2016, 06:22 PM

More than a million refugees are now living in Germany. The next task is to integrate them. SPIEGEL spoke with dozens of experts and people working in the field about the everyday challenges the influx means for the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

February 03, 2016, 07:50 PM

We are living in times of growing tension and near societal hysteria in Germany in the wake of the massive influx of refugees. One of the first victims of this development has been the media's credibility. Restoring public trust will require considerable effort by journalists -- but also on the part of their readers. An Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]