Unprecedented: Trial of Former German President Begins

Unprecedented: Trial of Former German President Begins

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

For the first time in German history, a former head of state is being put in the dock. Christian Wulff, who resigned in 2012, is seeking to be fully acquitted of charges he accepted favors. By Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Unfair Advantages: Former German President To Be Tried

Unfair Advantages: Former German President To Be Tried

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2013

A court in Germany has decided to move forward with a trial against the country's former president. Christian Wulff must now answer to lesser charges of accepting unfair advantages. The politician is hoping a verdict can clear his name. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

Ramadan Relief: Islam Leader Calls for Muslim Holidays in Germany

Ramadan Relief: Islam Leader Calls for Muslim Holidays in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2013

Germany is home to some 4 million Muslims. With the long Easter weekend around the corner, a leading member of the country's Muslim community has called for legal recognition of two Muslim holidays, drawing criticism from among Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservatives. more... Comment ]

Christian and Bettina Wulff Separate: Germany's Former First Couple Splits Up

Christian and Bettina Wulff Separate: Germany's Former First Couple Splits Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2013

Christian and Bettina Wulff have separated less than a year after he resigned from the largely ceremonial post of German president in disgrace. The former first lady had written an autobiography last year revealing they had marital problems. more...

Autocompleting Bettina Wulff: Can a Google Function Be Libelous?

Autocompleting Bettina Wulff: Can a Google Function Be Libelous?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2012

Search engines attempt to guess what users are looking for and offer them suggested words. But can these terms constitute defamation? Former German first lady Bettina Wulff says they do, and is suing Google over searches that pair her name with terms like "prostitute." Google maintains it is an automatic mechanism. By Stefan Niggemeier more... Comment ]

Undignified Memoirs: Bettina Wulff Was the Wrong First Lady

Undignified Memoirs: Bettina Wulff Was the Wrong First Lady

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2012

Christian Wulff, who resigned as president in February for taking favors from rich friends, was the wrong man for the job. It now turns out that his wife was the wrong first lady, too. She has written a book revealing personal and banal details about her life as the president's wife. It goes too far for such a prestigious position. A Commentary By Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]

Blaming the Algorithm: Defamation Case Highlights Google's Double Standard

Blaming the Algorithm: Defamation Case Highlights Google's Double Standard

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2012

Former German first lady Bettina Wulff has taken on Google over search terms that link to false rumors that she used to be a prostitute. The company argues that it generates such terms based on "objective factors," but it's not that simple. Google has suppressed undesirable results before in response to powerful lobby groups. By Konrad Lischka more... Comment ]

A Mecca in Europe: Why Islam Is an Integral Part of Germany

A Mecca in Europe: Why Islam Is an Integral Part of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2012

German politicians have lately shown a penchant for weighing in on whether Islam belongs to Germany. A clear understanding of history, however, is often missing from the debate. A Commentary by Bernhard Zand more...

Time Out: Former President Wulff Seeks Respite in Monastery

Time Out: Former President Wulff Seeks Respite in Monastery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2012

Following the personal favors scandal that led to his resignation, disgraced former German President Christian Wulff has moved into a monastery to recover from the strain and undergo health checks, according to a media report. He remains under fire for accepting a sizeable presidential pension. more...

Letter from Berlin: Presidential Battle Leaves Merkel Goverment Teetering

Letter from Berlin: Presidential Battle Leaves Merkel Goverment Teetering

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2012

Last week, Germany lost a president. Over the weekend, the country almost lost its government as well. The choice to nominate Joachim Gauck as the country's next head of state exposed significant differences within Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition and left behind deep scars in Berlin. By Charles Hawley more...