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 ]

Challenging Merkel's Resistance to Dual Citizenship

Challenging Merkel's Resistance to Dual Citizenship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

It is no secret that immigration to Germany is changing. Gone are the days when immigrants were seen as a cheap source of menial labor. Nowadays, most of them come from within Europe and tend to be well-educated -- a fact that is slowly becoming an important issue in the general election campaign. By Charles Hawley more...

Coming to Germany: Spanish Workers Look for a Future in Bavaria

Coming to Germany: Spanish Workers Look for a Future in Bavaria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2013

Youth unemployment in Spain is enormously high, yet some companies in Germany can't find the skilled labor they need. Now, a program in Bavaria is trying to kill two birds with one stone. It has been overwhelmed with applications and the first Spanish newcomers have begun arriving. By Andrew Bowen in Munich, Germany more... Comment ]

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan's Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan's Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a self-styled patron of Turkish immigrants in Germany. But critics say that his aggressive diaspora policy is increasingly driving a wedge between immigrant families and mainstream society. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2013

Many have viewed the German rapper Bushido as an example of successful integration. Recent revelations about ties to an organized crime group in Berlin, however, have muddied the picture and reinforced widespread stereotypes. By Georg Diez, Wiebke Hollersen and Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

SPD Candidate Backs Muslim-Friendly Gym Class

SPD Candidate Backs Muslim-Friendly Gym Class

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2013

When it comes to the integration of Germany's Muslim minority, the center-left Social Democrats tend to be much less hard-line than Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. But on Wednesday evening, SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück may have gone a step too far when he waded into what in the past has been a hornet's nest of controversy in Germany. He expressed support for physical education classes in German schools to be divided by gender. By Charles Hawley more...