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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 ]

Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

January 28, 2016, 06:47 PM

The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Cologne have led to a new discussion within Germany about the treatment of women in Islamic societies. The issue has become central to the country's heated refugee debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

January 25, 2016, 06:07 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now? By Markus Feldenkirchen and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'We Are Running Out of Time for Refugee Solutions'

Interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'We Are Running Out of Time for Refugee Solutions'

January 22, 2016, 05:24 PM

Thus far, Europe has failed to agree on a joint approach to the refugee crisis. In an interview in Davos, Germany's finance minister warns that time is running out. If Schengen collapses, he warns, the European Union is in trouble. Interview Conducted by David Böcking and Stefan Kaiser in Davos more... Comment ]

Stretched to the Limit: Has the German State Lost Control?

Stretched to the Limit: Has the German State Lost Control?

January 21, 2016, 07:00 PM

After the violent excesses in Cologne on New Year's Eve, German government failures have come to light, with many asking if the country is still safe. Police and the justice system have been stretched to their limits. New laws won't fix the problem, but extra personnel could. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Feminist View of Cologne: 'The Current Outrage Is Very Hypocritical'

A Feminist View of Cologne: 'The Current Outrage Is Very Hypocritical'

January 21, 2016, 10:56 AM

Germany's leading feminist, Alice Schwarzer, says the sexual attacks in Cologne make it necessary to look closer at Muslim immigration. Prominent feminist Anne Wizorek disagrees. SPIEGEL brought them together for a joint interview. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

January 20, 2016, 04:05 PM

The village of Kallstadt is famous in Germany for its local specialty, stuffed pork belly. It's also the place that Donald Trump's grandfather called home before emigrating to America. Locals are ambivalent about the man's politics and his bid for the presidency. By Kevin Hagen and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]