Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

Islam in Germany: Burqini Ruling Was the Right Call

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

A German court ruled Wednesday that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. They were right to do so -- but not for the reasons many conservatives suggest. A Commentary by Dietmar Hipp and Maximilian Popp more...

Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

Burqini Ruling: Court Says Schools Can Require Co-Ed Swims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

Germany's top federal administrative court has ruled that schools can require Muslim girls to participate in co-ed swimming classes. The judges argue they can wear a burqini to address any concerns about religious dress codes. more...


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...

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

Arabs are being beaten and insulted in Israel, where the number of racially motivated attacks has risen dramatically. The unresolved conflict, fueled by nationalist politicians, is shifting from Palestinian areas into the Israeli heartland. By Julia Amalia Heyer 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 ]

'I Am a Bomb': Mother Acquitted over Child's 9/11 Shirt

'I Am a Bomb': Mother Acquitted over Child's 9/11 Shirt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2013

A French court has dropped charges against a mother accused of glorifying terrorism by sending her 3-year-old son to kindergarten wearing a 9/11-themed T-shirt. The decision has infuriated officials. more... Comment ]


Strange Bedfellows: The Ex-Jihadist Who Embraced France's Far Right

Strange Bedfellows: The Ex-Jihadist Who Embraced France's Far Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2012

Omar Djellil, the son of Algerian immigrants, has been a gang member, a soldier, a Jihadist and a Socialist. But now he is a hesitant backer of France's right-wing Front National party. What drives a Muslim immigrant into the arms of Islamophobes? By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

A Mecca in Europe: Why Islam Is an Integral Part of Germany

A Mecca in Europe: Why Islam Is an Integral Part of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2012

German politicians have lately shown a penchant for weighing in on whether Islam belongs to Germany. A clear understanding of history, however, is often missing from the debate. A Commentary by Bernhard Zand more...


Muhammad Cartoons Shown in Germany: Salafists Attack Police at Far-Right Rally

Muhammad Cartoons Shown in Germany: Salafists Attack Police at Far-Right Rally

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 01, 2012

A group of radical Muslims attacked police in the German city of Solingen on Tuesday during a far-right demonstration, injuring four. They were provoked by the anti-Islamic Pro NRW party, which displayed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Officials had warned that the publicity stunt could spark violence. more...

Islamists in Enemy Territory: The Missionary Zeal of Germany's Salafists

Islamists in Enemy Territory: The Missionary Zeal of Germany's Salafists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2012

Salafists in Germany have attracted increasing attention in recent weeks with their campaign to hand out millions of free Korans. What, though, is their ultimate goal? Some sell Islamism like it is pop-culture and openly call for holy war, even under the watchful eye of the authorities. By Hubert Gude, Souad Mekhennet and Christoph Scheuermann more...