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'Guantanamo of the East': Ukraine Locks Up Refugees at EU's Behest

'Guantanamo of the East': Ukraine Locks Up Refugees at EU's Behest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2015

Brussels is doing all it can to prevent refugees from reaching Fortress Europe, with initiatives like funding the construction of internment centers in Ukraine. Asylum seekers who have spent time there report miserable conditions and abuse. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Ghost Ships: Turkey Becomes Springboard for Syrians Heading to Europe

Ghost Ships: Turkey Becomes Springboard for Syrians Heading to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2015

Turkey has become a hub for human traffickers, with freighters picking up Syrians in the port city and smuggling them on to Europe. It's a lucrative business built on the hardships of others. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

#notinmyname: German Muslims Fear Backlash after Paris Attacks

#notinmyname: German Muslims Fear Backlash after Paris Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2015

The vast majority of Muslims in Germany condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But they are concerned that a new wave of Islamophobia may wash over the country anyway. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hospital of Hope: City Marred By XenophobiaáSeeks toáReinvent Itself

Hospital of Hope: City Marred By XenophobiaáSeeks toáReinvent Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2015

Xenophobic riots in 1991 transformed the eastern German town of Hoyerswerda into a symbol of post-communist hate. Now, though, the community is courting foreign health workers and seeking to reinvent itself. Can it work? By Fiona Ehlers in Hoyerswerda, Germany more... Comment ]

Prying into Pegida: Where Did Germany's Islamophobes Come From?

Prying into Pegida: Where Did Germany's Islamophobes Come From?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2015

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Dresden on Monday evening for the latest march of Pegida, a group opposed to the "Islamization" of Europe. Organizers have billed it as a mourning march for Charlie Hebdo. But where does the group come from? By Maximilian Popp and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2014

More than 150,000 refugees have landed this year on the Italian coastline, most of them hoping to continue north. As the EU struggles to find an answer, human traffickers are raking in billions. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Approaching Brexit? Merkel Fears Britain Crossing a Red Line on Immigration

Approaching Brexit? Merkel Fears Britain Crossing a Red Line on Immigration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2014

David Cameron is furious about the EU Commission's demand that the UK make a back payment of Ç2.1 billion. But it is the British prime minister's stance on immigration that has German Chancellor Merkel more worried. She fears he may be crossing a red line. By Nikolaus Blome, Christoph Scheuermann and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

Young Kurds from Germany are joining PKK's fight against Islamic State in Syria. Security officials are concerned that tensions between Salafists and Kurds in Germany could rise once they return home. By J÷rg Diehl and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach FortressáEurope

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach FortressáEurope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2014

One year ago, a group of 113 people set off from Niger hopingáfor a better future ináthe European Union. A few days later, they were left stranded in the Sahara Desert without vehicles or water. Only 17 survived to tell the tale. By Hauke Goos and Bernhard Riedmann (Photos) more... Comment ]

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2014

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. Butá12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]