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 ]

The Path to Radicalization: Following a German Salafist to Egypt

The Path to Radicalization: Following a German Salafist to Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2013

A year ago, a SPIEGEL editor met a Salafist in Hanover. Following several meetings in Germany, he traveled with him to his new home in Egypt. He could not have anticipated the danger he would encounter there. By Takis WŘrger more... Comment ]

Islamist Mind Games: How Young German Men Are Lured into Jihad

Islamist Mind Games: How Young German Men Are Lured into Jihad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2012

Young Muslim men in Germany are systematically trying to recruit their peers for jihad using sophisticated rhetoric and psychology and by targeting vulnerable youths who are searching for direction in life. Two men who have quit the scene tell their story to SPIEGEL, providing a rare look into a dangerous underground. By Ízlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Immigration in Germany: Young Turks Increasingly Favor Integration and Religion

Immigration in Germany: Young Turks Increasingly Favor Integration and Religion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2012

Hardly a year goes by in Germany without a shrill debate on immigration and Islam. Despite the public hand-wringing, however, those in the country with a Turkish background are increasingly eager to integrate, according to a new survey. But younger Turks are also becoming more religious. more...