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Economic Downturn: Germany May Abandon Its Beloved Black Zero

Economic Downturn: Germany May Abandon Its Beloved Black Zero

August 22, 2019, 02:06 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel is still clinging to her policy of a balanced budget, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Germany's economic downturn could soon usher in a return to deficit spending. Government ministries are already signaling a willingness to abandoned years of cautious fiscal policy. By Christian Reiermann more...


Radio Silence: German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down

Radio Silence: German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down

August 21, 2019, 12:38 PM

Never since the founding of postwar Germany have relations between Berlin and the United States been as fragile as they are today. There is virtual radio silence between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell is doing more to agitate the situation than to mediate. By Matthias Gebauer, Christiane Hoffmann, René Pfister and Gerald Traufetter more...

Murder in Frankfurt: The Struggle to Find Answers to Random Crime

Murder in Frankfurt: The Struggle to Find Answers to Random Crime

August 02, 2019, 06:01 PM

On Monday, an eight-year-old boy got pushed in front of a train in Frankfurt and died. The crime has horrified the entire country and right-wing populists have sought to instrumentalize it. But can such acts of violence really be prevented? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


To Russia With Love: Relations with Moscow Emerge as German Election Issue

To Russia With Love: Relations with Moscow Emerge as German Election Issue

July 29, 2019, 06:18 PM

With elections looming in three former East German states this fall, many leading politicians see rapprochement with Russia as a winning campaign strategy. But this perspective puts them in direct confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in Berlin. By Christiane Hoffmann, Timo Lehmann, Veit Medick and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

The Huawei Dilemma: Resistance to Chinese Mobile Provider Grows Among Conservatives

The Huawei Dilemma: Resistance to Chinese Mobile Provider Grows Among Conservatives

July 26, 2019, 09:43 AM

In Germany, the debate is growing in conservative political circles as to whether it should prohibit Chinese network equipment provider Huawei from helping to build the country's 5G network. But at the moment, Berlin doesn't really have any other choice. By Melanie Amann, Martin Knobbe, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sauga and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing

Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing

July 12, 2019, 07:16 PM

The far-right fringe of Germany's populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists. By Melanie Amann and Ann-Katrin Müller more...

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?

The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?

July 05, 2019, 06:00 PM

The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed. By Melanie Amann, Markus Becker, Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christoph Hickmann, Dietmar Hipp and Peter Müller more...


No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany

No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany

July 03, 2019, 05:09 PM

Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar more...

Father, Neighbor, Killer: Germany's Chilling New Far-Right Terror

Father, Neighbor, Killer: Germany's Chilling New Far-Right Terror

June 27, 2019, 05:45 PM

The recent politically motivated assassination of a prominent local leader in Germany has raised concern about the growing threat of far-right extremism in the country. As investigators search for possible accomplices, politicians are struggling to find answers to the escalating violence. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Sudden Success: Germany's Green Party Faces Serious Growing Pains

Sudden Success: Germany's Green Party Faces Serious Growing Pains

June 19, 2019, 05:48 PM

Public opinion polls indicate that Germany's Green Party is currently the strongest political force in the country.  With a lack of policy experts, money and even sufficient office space, though, the party isn't quite ready for prime time. Only time will tell if the Greens are up to the challenge. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]