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Refugee Trail Fame: A Trip, a Fall and a Whole New Life

Refugee Trail Fame: A Trip, a Fall and a Whole New Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2016

One kick was all it took to make Osama Mohsen, a professional soccer coach from Syria, into one of the most famous refugees to arrive in Europe last year. After a Hungarian camerawoman sent Mohsen tumbling, his life took an unexpected turn. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

An Interview with Cologne's Mayor: 'I Have Been Subjected to a Ton of Ridicule and Criticism'

An Interview with Cologne's Mayor: 'I Have Been Subjected to a Ton of Ridicule and Criticism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2016

In an interview, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, 59, discusses the sexual attacks that rocked Germany's fourth-largest city on New Year's Eve and her controversial suggestion that women keep foreign men at arm's length. Interview Conducted By Frank Hornig and Barbara Schmid more... Comment ]

'We Are Stubborn': Refugees Still Set on Germany Despite Border Controls

'We Are Stubborn': Refugees Still Set on Germany Despite Border Controls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2015

Germany introduced controls on its border with Austria on Sunday to slow down the influx of refugees coming into the country. The hope is for an EU-wide quota deal to share the burden. The refugees themselves, though, still hope they'll end up in Germany. By Raniah Salloum in Vienna more... Comment ]

The Breaking Point? Germany's Asylum System Struggles to Cope

The Breaking Point? Germany's Asylum System Struggles to Cope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2015

As the migrant influx continues, the 'Refugees Welcome' high is beginning to wear off. People are beginning to wonder if Germany will really be able to cope with all the newcomers. And the system is already completely overwhelmed. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Welcoming the Refugees: Has Germany Really Changed?

Welcoming the Refugees: Has Germany Really Changed?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2015

Germany has been putting its best foot forward in the refugee crisis, welcoming asylum seekers with open arms. But the country's treatment of foreigners hasn't always been this warm. Are we seeing the new Germany, or will the old resurface? An Essay by Juan Moreno more... Comment ]

Community Response: A Danish Answer to Radical Jihad

Community Response: A Danish Answer to Radical Jihad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2015

The murders in Copenhagen have refocused attention on a thorny question for Europe: How can radical jihadists returning from Syria be reintegrated? The Danish city of Aarhus may have found an answer. By Manfred Ertel and Ralf Hoppe 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 ]

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 ]

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2015

We cannot allow the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to influence our thinking. Otherwise, freedom has lost. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more...

The Call of Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

The Call of Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

Islamic State has no qualms about killing Kurds in Syria. Yet the organization has still managed to attract Kurdish supporters in Europe. In Hamburg, a number of families are struggling to cope with their sons' decisions to answer the call of jihad. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]