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Three Female Veterans of German Politics: 'There Was an Assumption I Would Be...
18 Oct 2018 at 4:25am
What's life like for women in the top echelons of German politics? DER SPIEGEL spoke with three former cabinet ministers about their experiences as women in government. Things have improved, they say, but there is still much to be done.
Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD
16 Oct 2018 at 1:04am
Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker
15 Oct 2018 at 4:44am
It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was.
CSU in Crisis: What Went Wrong for Bavarian Conservatives?
10 Oct 2018 at 8:22am
For decades, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria has exerted outsized influence on Germany's national political stage. With state elections approaching on Sunday, however, the CSU finds itself embroiled in crisis. What went wrong?
Germany's Extremism Problem: Officials Zero In on Neo-Nazi Terror Cell
8 Oct 2018 at 2:46am
In the wake of far-right unrest in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, investigators have uncovered a suspected neo-Nazi terror cell thought to have been planning a major attack. The arrests show how self-confident extremists have become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Growing Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'We Are Facing a Monster'
5 Oct 2018 at 9:11am
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, Charlotte Knobloch, 85, speaks of the fears Jews in Germany have of growing right-wing populism in the country. The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany is also sharply critical of U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell.
What Comes Next?: Chinks in Merkel's Power Becoming Visible
4 Oct 2018 at 7:17am
In a recent act of rebellion, German conservatives chose to oust one of Angela Merkel's closest confidants. It is just the latest sign that the chancellor's power is eroding. And the scuffle within her party to succeed her has begun. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
The Shadowy Arms Trade: A Look Back at a Questionable Tank Deal
28 Sep 2018 at 9:31am
An intermediary received a commission of almost $200 million for the sale of battle tanks to United Arab Emirates. Some of that money, though, may have been used to bribe government officials.
Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel: 'The World Is Changing Dramati...
24 Sep 2018 at 7:32am
Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about his call for the country to take on a new global role and why Germans are underestimating the dangers posed by the current geopolitical situation.
Far-Right Populism: How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country
21 Sep 2018 at 8:54am
Founded only five years ago, the Alternative for Germany has grown from a marginal party to a game-changer in federal and state politics -- and become ever more radical. Is it a testament to the strength of German democracy, or a threat to it? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure ...
17 Sep 2018 at 1:05am
Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality.
The Fog of Disinformation: German Security Chief a Thorn in Merkel's Side
14 Sep 2018 at 9:19am
The president of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cast doubt on whether foreigners were attacked by right-wing extremists in Chemnitz recently. And now he has become a significant problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'...
8 Sep 2018 at 11:19am
A terrible accident two months ago left Olympic sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel, 27, paralyzed. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks for the first time about what happened and the pointlessness of the question: "Why me?"
Return of the Ugly German?: The Riots in Chemnitz and Their Aftermath
31 Aug 2018 at 11:46am
In Chemnitz, refugees find themselves under threat by neo-Nazis and hooligans. Politicians have pledged to take a hard line against right-wing extremist violence, but they look helpless nonetheless. Meanwhile, the right wing seems to have the upper hand in Saxony. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Who Are We?: Examining the State of German Identity
29 Aug 2018 at 7:12am
Integration and immigration are extremely controversial issues in the Germany of today. What do they say about the state of German identity? A handful of new books add fuel to the already blazing fire.