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The Man Who Divided Germany

Thilo Sarrazin curses Muslims who he claims do not want to integrate into German society and, by so doing, fuels fears and xenophobia. Many argue that he is racist, while as many others claim he has sparked a necessary debate about integration in the country.

Right-Wing Provocation: Russian and German Populists Meet

Right-Wing Provocation: Russian and German Populists Meet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Over the weekend, a meeting of right-wing populists brought anti-immigrant activists and homophobes together in a jamboree of "family values." Some 500 protesters voiced their opposition to a speech by one of the women behind Russia's recent anti-gay law. By Annette Langer more... Comment ]

German-Turkish Voters Turn Away from SPD

German-Turkish Voters Turn Away from SPD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2013

According to a poll commissioned by the online newspaper Deutsch-Türkisches Journal (DTJ), 90 percent of German-Turks intend to vote in the German elections in late September -- a 15 percent increase over the last election in 2009. By Jane Paulick more...

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

Falling Star: German Rapper Accused of Organized Crime Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2013

Many have viewed the German rapper Bushido as an example of successful integration. Recent revelations about ties to an organized crime group in Berlin, however, have muddied the picture and reinforced widespread stereotypes. By Georg Diez, Wiebke Hollersen and Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

Battling Racism: UN Body Reprimands Germany over Sarrazin Comments

Battling Racism: UN Body Reprimands Germany over Sarrazin Comments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2013

When former Berlin politician Thilo Sarrazin made critical remarks about Muslim immigrants four years ago, many found them offensive, though prosecutors rejected complaints, citing free speech laws. A UN committee disagrees, however, and has accused Germany of violating an anti-racism convention. more... Comment ]

Ramadan Relief: Islam Leader Calls for Muslim Holidays in Germany

Ramadan Relief: Islam Leader Calls for Muslim 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 New Germans: Immigrant Children's Complicated Search for Identity

The New Germans: Immigrant Children's Complicated Search for Identity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2012

One thing unites Khuê Pham, Özlem Topçu and Alice Bota: They are German citizens and the children of migrants in a country that has long struggled to define its relationship with foreigners. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, they describe the alienation of being first-generation Germans, but also their new role as their home becomes more cosmopolitan. By Daryl Lindsey 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...

Sarrazin Strikes Again: German Author Says Berlin Is Hostage to Holocaust in Euro Crisis

Sarrazin Strikes Again: German Author Says Berlin Is Hostage to Holocaust in Euro Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2012

Germany is Europe's paymaster because it committed the Holocaust, claims a new book by Thilo Sarrazin, a firebrand author and former board member of the German central bank. The claim by the controversial writer achieved the desired effect of stoking publicity for Tuesday's launch of 'Europe Doesn't Need the Euro.' more...

The World from Berlin: 'Unsurprising that Some Muslims Don't Identify with Germany'

The World from Berlin: 'Unsurprising that Some Muslims Don't Identify with Germany'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2012

An enormous study released on Thursday on Muslims in Germany has once again triggered a widespread debate on integration. This time, however, Muslims themselves aren't the focus of debate but, rather, the Interior Ministry's handling of the report. German commentators say the minister is on his way to losing the trust of the country's Muslim population. more...

Muslims in Germany: Study Hints that Mutual Suspicion Is Slowing Integration

Muslims in Germany: Study Hints that Mutual Suspicion Is Slowing Integration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2012

A new integration study released on Thursday has triggered yet another debate about the role of Islam in Germany. The report found that a surprising number of non-German Muslims are skeptical about integrating into society. But the country's own doubts about immigration may have muddied the data. By Charles Hawley more...