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Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

Attack in Berlin: Germany's Nightmare, Merkel's Nightmare

December 20, 2016, 07:13 PM

The attack on Berlin has the potential for shaking up German politics. Angela Merkel said what she needed to say, but her task of reuniting the country ahead of next fall's general election just became more difficult. By Severin Weiland and Philipp Wittrock more...


Christmas Market Attack: Case Against Berlin Suspect Crumbles

Christmas Market Attack: Case Against Berlin Suspect Crumbles

December 20, 2016, 05:43 PM

On Monday night, police thought they had managed to capture the driver who had rammed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. Now, the case is crumbling and the true attacker may still be at large. more...

Berlin Attack: Police Have Doubts about Suspect's Involvement

Berlin Attack: Police Have Doubts about Suspect's Involvement

December 20, 2016, 02:39 PM

Berlin police arrested a man on Monday night believed to have been the driver of the truck that plowed through a Christmas market, killing 12. Now, however, doubts are growing about the suspect's involvement. more...


Commentary on the Berlin Attack: Our Strength

Commentary on the Berlin Attack: Our Strength

December 20, 2016, 01:07 PM

The attack in Berlin has shown us that Germany is also vulnerable. This makes it that much more important that we all keep our cool. By Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Berlin Terror Attack: Suspect Is 23-Year-Old Pakistani Man

Berlin Terror Attack: Suspect Is 23-Year-Old Pakistani Man

December 20, 2016, 12:08 PM

Officials in Germany are now calling the semi-truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin a "terrorist" incident. Twelve were killed and 48 injured in the incident. Officials are questioning a man arrested in connection with the killings. more...


Suspected Terror in Berlin: 12 Dead After Truck Plows into Christmas Market

Suspected Terror in Berlin: 12 Dead After Truck Plows into Christmas Market

December 19, 2016, 09:45 PM

A truck crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin near the Zoologische Garten train station on Monday evening in one of busiest parts of the city. Police say 12 were killed and at least 48 injured, some seriously. They believe it was a deliberate attack. more...

The Death of an Ideal: Killing in Germany Triggers Fresh Refugee Debate

The Death of an Ideal: Killing in Germany Triggers Fresh Refugee Debate

December 14, 2016, 01:16 PM

The recent rape and murder of a student in the bucolic university town of Freiburg, Germany, has shaken a city that welcomed refugees with open arms. As it emerges that a young Afghan man may have been the killer, a national debate on migrants is unfolding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

Germany's Divided Conservatives: Merkel Critics Deal a Blow to Chancellor

December 09, 2016, 06:19 PM

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are turning right ahead of her upcoming re-election campaign and they are doing so against the chancellor's wishes. An influential group of senior CDU members is leading the charge, but Merkel's patience, say allies, is "finite." By Ralf Neukirch and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

December 01, 2016, 03:45 PM

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]


Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

November 25, 2016, 06:11 PM

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

November 25, 2016, 06:01 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

November 25, 2016, 06:00 PM

Germany's current account surplus is higher than ever before and the country is concerned that it could become a target of US president-elect Donald Trump's ire as a result. Berlin is already making preparations for the possible conflict. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]