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 ]

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 ]

The Plight of the Roma: Europe's Unwanted People

The Plight of the Roma: Europe's Unwanted People

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

More than 10 million Roma live in Europe. Tens of thousands of them are fleeing westwards from poverty and discrimination in the countries of southeastern Europe. But EU member states are failing to help them. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

What's So Funny About Racism? Germany's New Minority Comics

What's So Funny About Racism? Germany's New Minority Comics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 27, 2013

A new generation of comedians with foreign roots are shining an irreverent light on the prejudices they encounter in Germany. But when it comes to the integration debate, do their brash, cliché-rife performances do more harm than good? By Alexander Kühn more... Comment ]

Tragic Misunderstanding: A Model Immigrant's Battle to Succeed

Tragic Misunderstanding: A Model Immigrant's Battle to Succeed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Derege Wevelsiep, an immigrant from Ethiopia, has accused police of beating him, although they deny it. What pains the engineer most, though, is his belief that foreigners like him will never be truly accepted in Germany. By Juan Moreno more... Comment ]

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

'Turkified': Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

Turks make up Germany's largest ethnic minority, and SPIEGEL reporter Özlem Gezer grew up in the port city of Hamburg as a part of this community. She describes herself as a "model immigrant," but explains how Germans have made her feel she could never be one of them. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Political Diversity: German Parliament Sees Ethnic Mobilization

Political Diversity: German Parliament Sees Ethnic Mobilization

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

Parliamentarians with foreign roots were considered exotic in Germany for a long time, but that has changed. Candidates with Turkish heritage now represent a new force in the country's political landscape. By Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

No German, No Benefits: Turkish Family Fights Language Requirement

No German, No Benefits: Turkish Family Fights Language Requirement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Imhan K., a Turkish woman living in Germany, had her welfare benefits slashed after her husband refused to let her take German courses. Now a court must decide whether immigrants can be forced to learn the language and adopt Western mores. By Bruno Schrep more... Comment ]

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

Multicultural Germany: How We Experience Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

Several recent controversies in Germany -- from the treatment of refugees to the obstacles faced by immigrants in the job market -- have thrown the issue of racial discrimination into the limelight. SPIEGEL spoke to 15 people of foreign descent to find out how racism affects their daily lives. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Rage and Refuge: German Asylum System Hits Breaking Point

Rage and Refuge: German Asylum System Hits Breaking Point

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

Germany has recently seen a significant rise in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country. Its shelters are overwhelmed and opposition to new ones has recently turned ugly. Refugees themselves argue that the system is broken. By Charles Hawley and Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Flats over Shelters: Asylum Seekers Embrace Alternative Housing

Flats over Shelters: Asylum Seekers Embrace Alternative Housing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

New shelters for asylum seekers in Germany often face protests from local residents or from right-wing groups. But an alternative housing model that gives families their own flats has proven effective in Leverkusen. By Maximilian Popp and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]