Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2014

Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

From Burger Flipper to Bürgermeister? Immigrant Could Become Next Berlin Mayor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

With Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit facing his political Waterloo, all eyes have turned to Raed Saleh, who could become the first mayor of a major German city with foreign roots. The German capital's changing demographics could help him. By Frank Hornig more... Comment ]

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

A Romanian family in Hamburg has made a business out of luring compatriots to Germany and promising them jobs and better lives. Instead, they are coerced under highly dubious circumstances into becoming beggars for the "employer". By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

The Swiss aren't the only ones in Europe deeply concerned about immigration. Many across the Continent would also like to see limits placed on newcomers from elsewhere in the EU. Europe must remain firm, but right-wing populists stand to benefit. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Christoph Blocher, the leader of the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party discusses the success of his recent campaign in a referendum against "mass migration" and Switzerland's future relationship with the EU. Interview Conducted by Björn Hengst and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

A Land of Money and Fear: The Swiss Vote Against 'Mass Migration'

A Land of Money and Fear: The Swiss Vote Against 'Mass Migration'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2014

Switzerland's economic success is enviable, yet its people fear decline. On Sunday, voters approved a plan to reintroduce immigration quotas. The move is likely to create significant problems for the country's relations with the EU -- and could be expensive. A Commentary by David Nauer more... Comment ]

Dual Citizenship: Merkel Government Ponders Who Is a German

Dual Citizenship: Merkel Government Ponders Who Is a German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government has promised to introduce dual citizenship for children born to immigrants in Germany. Now, though, the left and right are fighting over what exactly that means. A new integration debate could result. more... Comment ]

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Officials in Brussels have been highly critical of a German provision that limits access by EU nationals to its unemployment benefits. In an interview, EU Commissioner László Andor criticizes "unscrupulous politicians" seeking to foment populism. Interview by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Brussels is demanding that even foreigners who have never worked in Germany should have access to the country's unemployment benefits if they hail from an EU member state. The EU is firing Germany's already overheated immigration debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2014

The Association of German cities this week played down depictions that an influx of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria is causing major problems for the country. The group's president says troubles are concentrated in a handfull of cities. more...

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

A debate over whether Germany profits from Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has flared up since the EU opened its labor market to these workers. Statisticians are struggling to come up with conclusive evidence on either side of the argument. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]