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New Nationalism

Running on nationalist and often racist platforms, far right parties have gone from the streets into government, enjoying renewed popularity on local and national levels throughout Europe. In eastern Germany, the far-right NPD party has a foothold at state and local levels.

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

What's Wrong with Saxony? A Search for the Roots of Fear and Racism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2016

For a time after reunification, Saxony was widely considered an eastern German success story. Lately, however, the state's image has darkened. Weekly Pegida marches combined with an ongoing rash of anti-immigrant attacks are raising uncomfortable questions. By Maximilian Popp, Andreas Wassermann and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2016

Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany's New Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2015

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society are identifying with the movement -- even as political debate coarsens and violence increases. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Populist, Pernicious and Perilous : Germany's Growing Hate Problem

Populist, Pernicious and Perilous : Germany's Growing Hate Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2015

Even as Germany has welcomed its refugees, another, uglier side has been festering with the return of the anti-Muslim Pegida movement. The threat posed by the far-right has the potential to spiral out of control.  By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The German Lynchmob: Islamophobe Movement Returns With a Vengeance

The German Lynchmob: Islamophobe Movement Returns With a Vengeance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2015

It was nearly dormant for months, but recent weeks have seen the return of Germany's islamophobic, anti-refugee Pegida movement. More confident and aggressive than ever, officials worry the hatred could spread to the mainstream. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Neo-Nazi Arsonists: Officials Concerned by Growing Far-Right Networks

Neo-Nazi Arsonists: Officials Concerned by Growing Far-Right Networks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2015

This year has seen a sharply increased number of attacks on asylum hostels in Germany, many of them perpetrated by right-wing extremists. Officials are concerned that neo-Nazi networks may be spreading across the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Dark Germany, Bright Germany: Which Side Will Prevail Under Strain of Refugees?

Dark Germany, Bright Germany: Which Side Will Prevail Under Strain of Refugees?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2015

Germany is experiencing an unprecedented influx of immigrants who will fundamentally change the country. They represent a burden, but also a chance to create a New Germany, one that is more cosmopolitan and generous. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Testing the Limits: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

Testing the Limits: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2015

More Germans than ever before are at ease with themselves and their asylum-seekers. But this year the country is expecting to receive around 400,000 new refugees, a figure that raises the painful question: Can Germany's new welcoming culture handle it? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Is the Ugly German Back? Flames of Hate Haunt a Nation

Is the Ugly German Back? Flames of Hate Haunt a Nation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2015

During the first six months of this year, right-wing extremists in Germany committed attacks against places housing asylum-seekers on an almost daily basis. Many refugees living in the country fear for their lives. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Asylum: Attacks on Refugee Hostels a Growing Problem

German Asylum: Attacks on Refugee Hostels a Growing Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2015

The recent arson attack against a refugee hostel in Tröglitz has made headlines around the world. But it is far from the exception in Germany. Even as most asylum-seekers in the country are left in peace, there has been a disturbing rise in anti-refugee violence. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]