Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

Hidden Homophobia: Is Germany Really as Liberal as It Seems?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

Germany last week celebrated the coming out of former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger. But discrimination remains a fact of life for gays and lesbians in the country. How truly liberal is German society? By Anna Kistner, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Ann-Katrin Müller and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Tragic Misunderstanding: A Model Immigrant's Battle to Succeed

Tragic Misunderstanding: A Model Immigrant's Battle to Succeed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Derege Wevelsiep, an immigrant from Ethiopia, has accused police of beating him, although they deny it. What pains the engineer most, though, is his belief that foreigners like him will never be truly accepted in Germany. By Juan Moreno more... Comment ]


The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2013

Residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Hamburg recently took to the streets in protest of what they say is prejudicial policing by local authorities. Are the police guilty of racial profiling? By Özlem Gezer and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Beaten, Bullied, Badgered: EU Study Finds Widespread Homophobia in Europe

Beaten, Bullied, Badgered: EU Study Finds Widespread Homophobia in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2013

Harassed at work and the doctor's office, bullied and assaulted in public: The gay, bisexual and transgender community is still widely discriminated against in Europe. In an new EU survey, the most comprehensive to date, more than 90,000 participants report on the extent of their harassment. more... Comment ]


Discrimination Swells: 'German Society is Poisoned'

Discrimination Swells: 'German Society is Poisoned'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 14, 2011

Social scientist Wilhelm Heitmeyer has been publishing studies on German attitudes for a decade. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his latest results, which show that Germans' relationship to minorities and the disadvantaged has become increasingly hostile. more... Comment ]

Anonymous Job Applications: German Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Discrimination

Anonymous Job Applications: German Pilot Project Aims to Reduce Discrimination

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2010

Germany's Family Ministry and five major corporations are launching a pilot project to test anonymized job applications. They hope it will reduce discrimination against people with immigrant backgrounds, women with children and seniors. But will it stop prejudice or merely delay it until the interview process? By Jessica Donath more...


Dispelling the Myth of 'Parallel Societies': Are Berlin's Muslims a Model for Integration?

Dispelling the Myth of 'Parallel Societies': Are Berlin's Muslims a Model for Integration?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2010

Far from living in closed-off communities, Muslims in Berlin's Kreuzberg district live in a culturally diverse area. However, a new report finds that they still suffer from high levels of discrimination, particularly within the city's school system. By Siobhán Dowling in Berlin more...

Landmark 'Ossi' Discrimination Case: Court to Decide if East Germans are Ethnic Group

Landmark 'Ossi' Discrimination Case: Court to Decide if East Germans are Ethnic Group

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2010

A woman born in the former East Germany claims she was discriminated against on the basis of her ethnic identity when a company wrote "Ossi" on her rejected application. A labor court in Stuttgart will rule on this thorny issue of German identity on Thursday. more...


Gender Inequality: Salary Gap Widens Between German Men and Women

Gender Inequality: Salary Gap Widens Between German Men and Women

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2010

According to Germany's Federal Statistical Office, average hourly wages for women in Germany are 23.2 percent lower than they are for men, and the gap is growing. The European Commission is now demanding that Germany take action. more...

'We Are Not Really Germans': New Study Looks at Challenges Faced by Germany's Muslims

'We Are Not Really Germans': New Study Looks at Challenges Faced by Germany's Muslims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2010

It's no secret that many immigrants have a hard time in Germany. A new study has found that women wearing headscarves have a particularly hard time on the job market and a quarter of those with Turkish backgrounds face discrimination when looking for work. By Sheila Lalwani in Berlin more...