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NSA Spying Scandal: SPIEGEL Stands Behind Merkel Cell Phone Spying Report

NSA Spying Scandal: SPIEGEL Stands Behind Merkel Cell Phone Spying Report

December 13, 2014, 11:05 AM

In 2013, SPIEGEL reported on the tapping of chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by the NSA. Now the case is back in the news following the German federal prosecutor's efforts to publicly undermine SPIEGEL's credibility. By Rüdiger Ditz more... Comment ]


War on Whistleblowers: Berlin Gets Serious in the Search for Moles

War on Whistleblowers: Berlin Gets Serious in the Search for Moles

December 01, 2014, 06:11 PM

The German government has had enough of reading about state secrets in the media. SPIEGEL has learned that officials are now preparing to file a criminal complaint against unknown persons and has undertaken other efforts to identify moles as well. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

November 21, 2014, 05:14 PM

Construction on Berlin's new city palace is continuing apace, but organizers lack the money necessary for the structure's Baroque facade. Even worse, the Berlin city-state may back out of the project. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

November 10, 2014, 05:34 PM

He only recently took office as European Commission president, but now, Jean-Claude Juncker is under pressure due to potentially illegal tax deals forged in Luxembourg during his stint as the country's prime minister. Some believe he may have to resign. By Nikolaus Blome, Christoph Pauly, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Germany's New Right: The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

Germany's New Right: The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

November 04, 2014, 05:12 PM

The riots in Cologne at the end of October show there is a new danger on Germany's extremist right. Neo-Nazis and football hooligans have teamed up to go after Islamist Salafists. Many are wondering why officials didn't recognize the development sooner. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

Flippin' Good: Germany Learns to Love the Burger

October 30, 2014, 03:37 PM

Hamburgers may be named after the northern German city, but only recently has it become easier to find a good one in the country. A wave of gourmet burger joints is now sweeping Germany, and fast food restaurants could soon be feeling the pinch. By Alexander Kühn and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

The Reckoning: Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

The Reckoning: Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

October 14, 2014, 05:36 PM

Helmut Kohl spent over 600 hours speaking with the journalist Heribert Schwan about his life's work. The secret tapes reveal a chancellor resentful of his public image and disdainful of many of those around him, including Angela Merkel. By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

October 14, 2014, 01:49 PM

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget. By Horand Knaup and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

October 13, 2014, 07:44 PM

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US sacrificed its values and betrayed its civil rights. With a new Islamist threat brewing, Germany must avoid avoid making the same mistakes. Its democracy is strong enough to withstand the threat. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

Systemic Shame: Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

Systemic Shame: Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

October 06, 2014, 06:05 PM

Horrific images from a German asylum home have recently focused attention on the country's broken system for sheltering refugees. Political failures and climbing numbers have resulted in chaos -- and even the use of right-wing extremists as guards. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]