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A Country, Still Divided: Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?

A Country, Still Divided: Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2017

The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago, yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist AfD party did particularly well in the eastern states. But why? By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2017

For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy. By Wolfram Bickerich more... Comment ]

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

Ex Schröder Aide on 9/11: 'We Thought the Americans Would Overreact'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2015

Michael Steiner was in Prague in 1989 and at Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's side on Sept. 11, 2001. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL how the US considered a nuclear attack on Afghanistan and about finding a bug in his phone at the Chancellery. Interview Conducted by René Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2014

East Germany ceased to exist following the 1989 revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But did the former communist country help shape today's Germany? The answer is yes, and Chancellor Merkel is a big reason why. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

Two monuments to East Germany's peaceful revolution of 1989 were supposed to be unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn. But due to a raft of obstacles, from roosting bats to technical challenges, neither project will be ready on time. By Stefan Berg and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]


World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 75th of the start of World War II. Questions over the degree of German guilt remain contentious among historians, who have been fighting over the issue for years. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

Goodbye Ossi: The Demise of Eastern German Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

For years following reunification, those from the communist east saw themselves as "eastern Germans." Now, more than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, that identity is rapidly disappearing. East Germany is almost completely gone. An Essay by Stefan Berg more... Comment ]


Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2013

One of East Germany's top spies was actually an American soldier. Jeff Carney defected to the Communist state in 1983 and fed the notorious Stasi with reams of valuable information. He has now written a book about his experiences. By Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]

'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

'Ich Bin ein Berliner': An Indelible Memory of Kennedy's Speech

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

In the summer of 1963 Kennedy came to the divided city of Berlin and spoke his famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner." Fifty years later, the visit of the 35th American president still shapes the city's collective memory. By Sophie Arts more... Comment ]