NSA Spying Fallout: Germany Wants Tighter UN Privacy Rules

NSA Spying Fallout: Germany Wants Tighter UN Privacy Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

Germany on Wednesday launched an effort to improve United Nations data protection regulations in light of the massive Internet surveillance undertaken by the US. Some top German officials would also like to see a data exchange treaty between the US and the EU suspended. more... Comment ]

US Prism Scandal: 'Security Is Not an End in Itself'

US Prism Scandal: 'Security Is Not an End in Itself'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2013

How much monitoring is too much and at what point does freedom become compromised? With its Prism spy program, the US has crossed the line. A Commentary by German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger more... Comment ]


Interview with Germany's Justice Minister: 'This Software Can Do Things Forbidden by the Constitution'

Interview with Germany's Justice Minister: 'This Software Can Do Things Forbidden by the Constitution'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2011

A Trojan horse that can provide German investigators with unconstitutional access to targeted computers? SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger about the allegations and whether the scandal could drive another wedge into Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition. more...

Confronting the Terror Warning: Merkel's Government Squabbles over Data Retention

Confronting the Terror Warning: Merkel's Government Squabbles over Data Retention

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2010

Terror warnings in Germany have triggered a new debate on the country's data protection laws -- and revealed yet another fracture in Chancellor Merkel's government. The Justice Ministry and the Interior Ministry are at odds, and the fronts are hardening. more...


Gender Quotas for German Business? Justice Ministers Want More Female Managers

Gender Quotas for German Business? Justice Ministers Want More Female Managers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2010

Germany's Justice Minister has called on companies to increase the number of women in top positions. On Wednesday, however, the 16 states' justice ministers proposed going further. They want to impose specific quotas for female managers. By Jessica Donath more...

Letter from Berlin: Merkel's Incredible Shrinking Coalition Partner

Letter from Berlin: Merkel's Incredible Shrinking Coalition Partner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2010

Guido Westerwelle and his Free Democrats surprised everyone last fall with their strong election day showing. Since joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, however, the FDP has been in a state of free fall, sliding from 14.6 percent to 6 in the polls. What happened? By Charles Hawley more...


Combating Child Abuse on the Web: Germany Resists EU Plans to Block Child Porn Sites

Combating Child Abuse on the Web: Germany Resists EU Plans to Block Child Porn Sites

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2010

Germany's justice minister is fighting EU plans to block access to child pornography sites because she doesn't think the measures would work. She wants such sites shut down instead. The opposition Greens and SPD party agree with her. more...

German Justice Minister Criticizes Google: 'I See a Giant Monopoly Developing That's Reminiscent of Microsoft'

German Justice Minister Criticizes Google: 'I See a Giant Monopoly Developing That's Reminiscent of Microsoft'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2010

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger discusses her concerns about the threat of a global Google monopoly and the debate over the use of full-body scanners at airports following the recent terror attempt near Detroit. more...


US Denied: Berlin Against Anti-Terror Bank Data Deal

US Denied: Berlin Against Anti-Terror Bank Data Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2009

The new German justice minister says Berlin is not comfortable with an EU measure that would grant US authorities access to European banking data. Now it seems likely that the Germans may scupper the deal, which is supposed to be pushed through at an EU meeting in Brussels at the end of November. more...