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Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2016

We are living in times of growing tension and near societal hysteria in Germany in the wake of the massive influx of refugees. One of the first victims of this development has been the media's credibility. Restoring public trust will require considerable effort by journalists -- but also on the part of their readers. An Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The Case of the Murdered Goats: Exploring Germany's Far-Right Rumor Mill

The Case of the Murdered Goats: Exploring Germany's Far-Right Rumor Mill

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2016

Absurd, unfounded reports about asylum seekers are circulating on German social media. They are part of a targeted misinformation campaign by right-wing extremists designed to instill fear and stoke anti-migrant sentiment. But where do the stories come from? By Matthias Bartsch and Anna Clauß 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 ]

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2015

Marine Le Pen has managed to pull the Front National from the extremist fringe into the political center. The right-wing populists could even emerge as France's strongest party in upcoming regional elections. But the real prize is in 2017. By Julia Amalia Heyer 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 ]

Breaking the Resistance: How Brussels Is Integrating Its Euro-Skeptics

Breaking the Resistance: How Brussels Is Integrating Its Euro-Skeptics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2015

One year ago, more euro-skeptics got elected to the European Parliament than ever before, including a number of MEPs from Austria, Britain, France and Greece. They wanted to attack Europe from within, but instead the EU transformed them. By Manfred Ertel, Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Scheuermann in Brussels and Strasbourg more... Comment ]

#notinmyname: German Muslims Fear Backlash after Paris Attacks

#notinmyname: German Muslims Fear Backlash after Paris Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2015

The vast majority of Muslims in Germany condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But they are concerned that a new wave of Islamophobia may wash over the country anyway. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Prying into Pegida: Where Did Germany's Islamophobes Come From?

Prying into Pegida: Where Did Germany's Islamophobes Come From?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2015

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Dresden on Monday evening for the latest march of Pegida, a group opposed to the "Islamization" of Europe. Organizers have billed it as a mourning march for Charlie Hebdo. But where does the group come from? By Maximilian Popp and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2015

The German government is trying to address the French terror attacks with a sense of calm, with no plans for new terror laws. However, fears are growing that the massacre will boost a disturbing anti-Muslim current in the country. more... Comment ]