One Month in Clausnitz: A Visit to Ground Zero of Refugee Anxiety

 One Month in Clausnitz: A Visit to Ground Zero of Refugee Anxiety

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2016

The village of Clausnitz in Saxony became shorthand for the ugly, xenophobic side of Germany after residents threatened a bus full of refugees. We spent a month in the town in an attempt to find out what happened. By Takis Würger (text) and Sven Döring (photos) more... Comment ]

Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2016

Since 2013, over 10,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Behind the deaths lies a multi-million dollar smuggling trade with financial connections to Frankfurt, Italy and Libya. By Alexander Bühler, Susanne Koelbl, Sandro Mattioli and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

An Interview with Seehofer: 'We Want a Solution to the Immigration Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2016

For months, the refugee policy rift between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her nominal political ally Horst Seehofer, the powerful governor of Bavaria, has been widening. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Seehofer says the rift could worsen if Merkel doesn't agree to a hard ceiling on immigration. Interview Conducted by Markus Feldenkirchen and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2016

Chancellor Merkel's refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

The Rise of the Populists: A Problem for Merkel and Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2016

The state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania gave the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany a significant boost. It is a challenge for Chancellor Merkel and the entire country. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Did We Do It? Taking Stock One Year After Refugees' Arrival

Did We Do It? Taking Stock One Year After Refugees' Arrival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2016

One year ago, Angela Merkel opened Germany's door to what would ultimately be over a million refugees, with the words, "We can do it." How much progress has been made integrating the hundreds of thousands of new residents? A report card. By Philipp Wittrock (text) and Christina Elmer (information graphics) more... Comment ]


Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2016

Since March, Fayez Sarraj has been the prime minister of Libya, a country torn by civil war. Now he is tasked with surmounting the country's political divisions and leading the fight against the Islamic State and a network of human-traffickers transporting tens of thousands of migrants to Europe. Interview Conducted By Klaus Brinkbäumer and Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2016

In the wake of recent attacks, Germany's conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]