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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 ]

Legal Limbo: Lawyers Seek Clarity on Headscarves in Court

Legal Limbo: Lawyers Seek Clarity on Headscarves in Court

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

The German court system has a patchwork of rules and regulations about whether female lawyers should be permitted to wear the hijab, or Muslim headscarf, in court. Experts say the lack of legal clarity is unsustainable, and that a big debate is brewing. By Joachim Wagner more... Comment ]

Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

A German court ruled Wednesday that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. They were right to do so -- but not for the reasons many conservatives suggest. A Commentary by Dietmar Hipp and Maximilian Popp more...

Integration Caseá: Court to Rule on Swim Lessons for Muslim Girls

Integration Caseá: Court to Rule on Swim Lessons for Muslim Girls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

A German court will rule Wednesday whether Muslim girls can be exempted from co-ed swimming lessons, an issue that has sparked many disputes. The judges must decide what takes precedence: freedom of religion or the state's obligation to educate all. By Matthias Bartsch, Dietmar Hipp and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Changing Times: KohláDefends Plan toáHalve Turkish Population

Changing Times: KohláDefends Plan toáHalve Turkish Population

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2013

After the discovery of previously unseen documents, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has confirmed that in 1982, he had a plan to drastically reduce the number of Turks living in Germany. But according to a statement released by his office on Friday, the policy reflected wider debate at the time. more...

Generation Gap: Turkish Family Split Between Gezi and Old Way

Generation Gap: Turkish Family Split Between Gezi and Old Way

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

The rift currently dividing Turkey also runs right through the middle of many families. SPIEGEL reporter Ízlem Gezer has an uncle in Istanbul who loves Erdogan, a cousin who sleeps in the protesters' camp and parents who sit in Germany arguing over the unrest. By Ízlem Gezer in Istanbul 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 ]

Fodder for the Front: German Jihadists on Syria's Battlefields

Fodder for the Front: German Jihadists on Syria's Battlefields

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2013

Jihadists from Germany are engaging in combat, and dying, on the side of the rebels in Syria. Authorities fear the young and inexperienced fightersáwill be radicalizedábefore they return to Europe, assuming they survive at all. By Kurt Pelda more... Comment ]

German Jihadists: Officials Fear Return of Syrian War Veterans

German Jihadists: Officials Fear Return of Syrian War Veterans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2013

German security officials believe that a number of Germans have teamed up with radical Islamists on the frontlines in Syria. What worries them most are the training and ties they've gained abroad -- and whether they'll continue the jihad once home. By Matthias Gebauer and Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Ramadan Relief: IslamáLeader Calls foráMuslim Holidays in Germany

Ramadan Relief: IslamáLeader Calls foráMuslim Holidays in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2013

Germany is home to some 4 million Muslims. With the long Easter weekend around the corner, a leading member of the country's Muslim community has called for legal recognition of two Muslim holidays, drawing criticism from among Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservatives. more... Comment ]