Integration Debate

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Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2016

The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Cologne have led to a new discussion within Germany about the treatment of women in Islamic societies. The issue has become central to the country's heated refugee debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Austrian Chancellor Faymann: 'Memories of Our Continent's Darkest Period'

Austrian Chancellor Faymann: 'Memories of Our Continent's Darkest Period'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2015

In an interview, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann discusses Germany's reaction to the refugee crisis, his disappointment in Hungary's response and his idea of sanctions for Eastern European countries that aren't sharing the burden. 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 ]


The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2014

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is emerging from the dark shadows of its past, but its global role remains elusive. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

Immigration to Germany: 'Better Qualified than the Domestic Population'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2014

In recent years, Germany has begun attracting large numbers of highly qualified immigrants. Demographics expert Reiner Klingholz says that the development could be vital to the country's future, despite ongoing problems with integration. Interview by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


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 ]


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 ]