Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]


'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

'Our Antennae Are Up' Rise in Anti-Semitism Unsettles Gemany's Jews

How does it feel to be Jewish in Germany in 2018? After decades of successful reconciliation and integration, an increase in anti-Semitic attacks has many Jews in Germany wondering: Is the pendulum swinging back? By Annette Großbongardt more... Comment ]

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

'69 People on My 69th Birthday' Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

NSU Network: The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial

NSU Network The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial

The right-wing extremist terror cell known as the National Socialist Underground ultimately murdered 10 people. The trial ended last week, but plenty of questions remain about the group's numerous accomplices. By Maik Baumgärtner more... Comment ]


With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

With Friends Like These ... Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel. By Melanie Amann, Anna Clauß, Markus Feldenkirchen, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It

Crisis in Berlin The End of German Politics As We Know It

With his threat to resign on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dramatically increased the chances that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government might collapse. And he may have sounded the death knell of Germany's party system as well. An Editorial by Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]


Germany's Conservative Meltdown: The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

Germany's Conservative Meltdown The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

With the chancellor under heavy fire from Bavarian conservatives, Germany's political landscape may be facing radical upheaval. Angela Merkel might lose her job and the country's traditional center-right partnership could soon end. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]