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 ]

Secret Thatcher Notes: Kohl Wanted Half of Turks Out of Germany

Secret Thatcher Notes: Kohl Wanted Half of Turks Out of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

Unsealed confidential British documents reveal that in 1982, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tried to carry out a radical plan. He wanted to reduce the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent within four years. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Immigration Hurdle: EU Questions Germany's Language Tests

Immigration Hurdle: EU Questions Germany's Language Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

Germany may be violating EU law with language tests for certain immigrants, and the European Commission is looking into the matter. German politicians say the test isn't that hard. more... Comment ]

One Euro Job: German Rail Scraps Refugee Work Project

One Euro Job: German Rail Scraps Refugee Work Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Deutsche Bahn has canceled a controversial project at a train station in southern Germany. On Monday, asylum seekers began assisting passengers with their luggage for €1.05 per hour, the federally mandated maximum. On Thursday, the refugees were disappointed to be out of a job. more... Comment ]

Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

Here to Stay: City Embraces Eastern European Immigrants

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

In the past, Germany's guest workers were left to fend for themselves. Determined not to repeat this mistake, the city of Dortmund has beefed up integration assistance for immigrants, particularly those from Bulgaria and Romania. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

The Roma Conundrum: Looking for Clues in a Romanian Village

The Roma Conundrum: Looking for Clues in a Romanian Village

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Large numbers of Roma immigrants from southeastern Europe are proving to be a serious integration problem for many cities, including Berlin. A local politician recently traveled to Romania to learn more about the challenge. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]