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 ]

Integration Debate: Parties Close in on Dual Citizenship Deal

Integration Debate: Parties Close in on Dual Citizenship Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

For the first time in Germany, politicians seem close to a deal that would extend the right to dual citizenship to children of immigrants and naturalized Germans. The national identity of thousands of young people hangs in the balance. By Charly Wilder 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 ]

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 ]

The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

The Usual Suspects: Hamburg Police Accused of Racial Profiling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2013

Residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Hamburg recently took to the streets in protest of what they say is prejudicial policing by local authorities. Are the police guilty of racial profiling? By Özlem Gezer and Maximilian Popp 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 ]