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Germany's Conservative Meltdown: The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure
22 Jun 2018 at 9:56am
With the chancellor under heavy fire from Bavarian conservatives, Germany's political landscape may be facing radical upheaval. Angela Merkel might lose her job and the country's traditional center-right partnership could soon end. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Trumping Trump: The Truth About German Crime Statistics
20 Jun 2018 at 7:21am
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the German crime rate had risen by 10 percent because of refugees in the country. He's wrong. We took a closer look at just how wrong.
Migration Headache: Inside the Coalition Battle That Could Topple Merkel
19 Jun 2018 at 6:20am
With elections approaching in Bavaria, Angela Merkel's rival Horst Seehofer is seeking to pressure the chancellor into reversing her stance on migration. The conflict could fracture the coalition in Berlin and cost Merkel her job. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A Princess, a Poisoning and an Oil Fortune: The Bizarre Corruption Scandal at...
17 Jun 2018 at 2:33am
Bilfinger, one of Germany's best-known construction firms, pledged to clean up its global business practices as it pivoted to the oil sector. But when an investigator began digging into one of the company's deals in the Middle East, she suddenly fell ill - and things only got stranger from there.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'
8 Jun 2018 at 12:47pm
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, 59, says its time for a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system and to resuscitate the financial transaction tax. Italy, he says, will fall into line.
Trapped in the Past: Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel
8 Jun 2018 at 9:17am
Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was being described as the new leader of the free world. But recently she has been having trouble getting her way even in Berlin and Europe. Her days of dominance appear to be over. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In
5 Jun 2018 at 7:12am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is watching with deep concern as the pillars of the postwar international order collapse. But what is she doing about it?
Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the America...
22 May 2018 at 7:54am
In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union's future.
The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?
9 May 2018 at 12:50am
Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage
3 May 2018 at 6:18am
The Bavarians want crosses in public buildings, German Jews want to be able to wear kippas in public without being attacked and Muslims would like more understanding for the headscarf. Germany's search for identity has turned religious. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country
19 Apr 2018 at 10:24am
Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'
16 Apr 2018 at 9:41am
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia.
Priced Out: Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans
13 Apr 2018 at 8:57am
Housing shortages have become a serious issue in many German cities, where there is a shortfall around 2 million affordable apartments. A new study shows that the problem is hitting low-earners hard.
A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain
3 Apr 2018 at 8:58am
During an around-the-world trip last summer, a couple from California visited Berlin's legendary Berghain techno club. A few hours later, one of them was dead. Even today, no one seems willing to accept responsibility for the tragedy.
Envy and Prejudice in Germany: An Author's Quest to Explain Muslim Anti-Semitism
28 Mar 2018 at 3:35am
Israeli author David Ranan spent a year speaking to Muslims in Germany about anti-Semitism, with the goal of understanding prejudices and their root causes. He has transformed his findings into a book that draws surprising conclusions about the extent of the problem.