Opinion: Dear Germany, What Can You Offer Your Immigrants?

Opinion: Dear Germany, What Can You Offer Your Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2011

Germany is discussing its shortage of skilled professionals, and it hopes to solve the problem by attracting doctors and engineers from abroad. The government acts as if it can just stand there and start calling out for qualified workers from the around the world. But why should they come to Germany? By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Damning Report: UN Says Germany Failing to Tackle Social Inequalites 

Damning Report: UN Says Germany Failing to Tackle Social Inequalites 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2011

A UN committee has sharply criticized Germany's social and education systems, saying the country fails to provide equal opportunities for immigrants and women. It's also not doing enough to help poor children and the elderly, the UN says. But the German government alleges the report isn't based on facts. more...

From Serbia to Germany -- and Back: Wave of Roma Rejected as Asylum Seekers

From Serbia to Germany -- and Back: Wave of Roma Rejected as Asylum Seekers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2011

Ever since European visa requirements were dropped for travelers from Serbia and Macedonia, an increasing number of Roma asylum seekers from the two countries have been making their way to Germany. They have all been rejected -- and Roma rights groups are furious. By James Angelos in Berlin more...

The French Experiment: Integration Worries Threaten to Upend Cultural Harmony in Marseille

The French Experiment: Integration Worries Threaten to Upend Cultural Harmony in Marseille

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2011

For decades, the southern French port city of Marseille has been a model of successful integration. But with the debate over immigration now flaring up around France, the era of harmony could be coming to an end. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

'Spiral of Mistrust': Danish Threat to Schengen Agreement Under Fire

'Spiral of Mistrust': Danish Threat to Schengen Agreement Under Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2011

The tiny country of Denmark is threatening one of the European Union's core principles -- freedom of movement -- out of self-interest. But other member countries are outraged and expect the European Commission will staunchly reject their plans to reintroduce border controls. By Manfred Ertel, Marcel Rosenbach and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

European Disunion: Rising Self-Interest Frays EU Spirit

European Disunion: Rising Self-Interest Frays EU Spirit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2011

An unusual number of crises -- from the Fukushima disaster to the Arab Spring -- have challenged what used to be called the "European spirit." The euroskepticism sparked by the euro crisis has become an epidemic. Experts warn of a retreat to nationalism. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Dividing Forces are Mounting in Europe'

The World from Berlin: 'Dividing Forces are Mounting in Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2011

European Union officials are outraged about Denmark's decision to restore border controls in violation of EU treaties. But a trend is emerging. German commentators worry that right-wing populism threatens to tear the EU apart. more...

Schengen Zone Dispute: EU Slams Denmark over Plans to Reintroduce Border Checks

Schengen Zone Dispute: EU Slams Denmark over Plans to Reintroduce Border Checks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2011

Denmark's decision to reintroduce permanent border controls has met with criticism from the European Union, which sees the move as a challenge to the principle of freedom of movement. Copenhagen insists the new checks are compatible with Schengen rules. more... Comment ]

Putting a Price on Foreigners: Strict Immigration Laws 'Save Denmark Billions'

Putting a Price on Foreigners: Strict Immigration Laws 'Save Denmark Billions'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2011

Denmark's strict immigration laws have saved the country 6.7 billion euros, a government report has claimed. Even though Denmark already has some of the toughest immigration laws in Europe, right-wing populist politicians are now trying to make them even more restrictive. By Anna Reimann more...

A Boost for Sarkozy and Berlusconi: Support Broadens for Border-Free Travel Changes

A Boost for Sarkozy and Berlusconi: Support Broadens for Border-Free Travel Changes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2011

Several European countries have voiced cautious support for adjustments to Europe's Schengen border-free travel agreement. Given the ongoing influx of economic refugees from North Africa, the reintroduction of border checks should be allowed, say many. But travel freedoms, warned Germany, should not be questioned. more...