Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2018

The Bavarians want crosses in public buildings, German Jews want to be able to wear kippas in public without being attacked and Muslims would like more understanding for the headscarf. Germany's search for identity has turned religious. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country

Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2018

Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2017

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed hundreds of thousands of men into the country, many of the refugees believed they would be able to bring their families later. Now the rules have changed, and countless women and children are trapped in perilous situations. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar more... Comment ]

'Everything is Fine': A Syrian Family's Quest to Become German

'Everything is Fine': A Syrian Family's Quest to Become German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2017

The Muatis are one of hundreds of thousands of refugee families who have come to Germany from Syria since the war broke out. They desperately want to fit in and contribute to society, but even as the children relish their newfound freedoms, the parents worry about their future. By Claas Relotius more... Comment ]


Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2017

Turkey is divided ahead of a key constitutional referendum to grant President Erdogan more power. So too is Germany's Turkish population. Officials are concerned that violence could be the result while ordinary Germans are unable to understand how anyone could support Erdogan. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]