Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2018

Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut Özil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country. By Matthias Bartsch, Maik Baumgärtner, Anna Clauß, Georg Diez, Maximilian Popp and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

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 ]


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 ]