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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.

Muslims as a Mirror: Germany's Unhealthy Obsession with Islam

Muslims as a Mirror: Germany's Unhealthy Obsession with Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2011

Muslims in Germany have been accused of many things, from threatening the feminist cause to trying to destroy German society through "demographic jihad." It isn't the Muslims that are the problem, however, but rather our obsession with Islam. A Commentary by Rolf Schieder more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister: 'German Identity Is Shaped by Christianity'

German Interior Minister: 'German Identity Is Shaped by Christianity'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich discusses the motives of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, calls for an end to anonymity on the Internet and explains why Islam is not part of German identity. more... Comment ]


No Kebab for Sarrazin: Divisive Author Chased Out of Immigrant District

No Kebab for Sarrazin: Divisive Author Chased Out of Immigrant District

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2011

Angry Muslims reportedly drove controversial author Thilo Sarrazin from a Turkish restaurant in Berlin. Though his bestselling book claims Muslims are dumbing down German society, their accusations of racism have left the former central bank board member shocked and indignant. more...

Opinion: Could Sarrazin Be Right about Integration in Germany?

Opinion: Could Sarrazin Be Right about Integration in Germany?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2011

Controversial German Social Democrat Thilo Sarrazin has been spared expulsion by his center-left party despite his claims that immigrants are making the country dumber. Now it's time to take a sober look at the real points he was trying to make. more...


Victory for Sarrazin: Firebrand Politician Can Remain a Social Democrat

Victory for Sarrazin: Firebrand Politician Can Remain a Social Democrat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2011

Thilo Sarrazin, the German Social Democrat who attracted attention last year with his controversial book claiming that immigrants to Germany were dumbing down the country, will not be booted out of the party. He apologized on Thursday and the case against him was quickly abandoned. more...

Demagogue Faces Ouster from Party: Social Democrats Go After Islam-Critic Sarrazin

Demagogue Faces Ouster from Party: Social Democrats Go After Islam-Critic Sarrazin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2011

Muslims, Sarrazin wrote, are dumbing Germany down. That sentiment and many others like it made the former German central banker a bestselling author last year. Now, the Social Democrats are trying to throw him out of the party -- but many fear the case could do damage to the already beleaguered SPD. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]


Guttenberg Blues: Embattled Seehofer Calls for Immigrants to Learn German

Guttenberg Blues: Embattled Seehofer Calls for Immigrants to Learn German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2011

On Wednesday, Horst Seehofer, the head of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union, called for an amendment to the state's constitution that would force immigrants to learn German to a certain level. Seehofer's critics believe he is merely fanning the immigration debate to divert attention away from the recent scandal surrounding his party's once-rising star. more...

'A Slap in the Face for Muslims': New German Interior Minister Reopens Integration Debate

'A Slap in the Face for Muslims': New German Interior Minister Reopens Integration Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2011

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich had hardly joined the government before touching off another round in the Muslim integration debate. The resulting controversy, combined with the Guttenberg plagiarism scandal, could hardly come at a less convenient time for Chancellor Angela Merkel. more...


The World from Berlin: 'A Lesson from the Right-Wing Populists' Book'

The World from Berlin: 'A Lesson from the Right-Wing Populists' Book'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2011

Germany's new interior minister touched off controversy within hours of taking office when he said that Islam did not historically "belong" to Germany, causing Muslim groups to react furiously. On Monday, editorialists wonder whether the comments were inspired by upcoming elections. more...

The World from Berlin: 'Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Wants to Be the Father'

The World from Berlin: 'Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Wants to Be the Father'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2011

Comments made by Turkey's prime minister to the country's diaspora living in Germany have angered some conservatives. Recep Tayyip Erdogan says immigrant children should learn Turkish first and then German. Newspaper commentators remain deeply divided over the prime minister's visit. more...