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State Election Debacle: What's Wrong With Germany's Green Party
15 May 2017 at 7:47am
Germany's once high-flying Green Party is foundering in many states. After a disastrous election result in North Rhine-Westphalia, the party is promising change, but it may come too late for September's national poll.
North Rhine-Westfailing: State Election Loss Has Merkel Challenger on the Ropes
15 May 2017 at 4:08am
The state election on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, was supposed to give Martin Schulz's chancellor candidacy a needed boost. But his party, the Social Democrats, lost to Merkel's CDU. The road ahead looks bumpy.
Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'
12 May 2017 at 9:35am
In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe.
Integration by the Numbers: Germany's Ongoing Project to Welcome Its Refugees
12 May 2017 at 1:51am
More than 1.2 million refugees came to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Initially, the country greeted them with chaos and poor planning, but the situation has improved. DER SPIEGEL took a closer look at how the project of integration is going. By SPIEGEL Staff
Right-Wing Populist Doldrums: Germany's AfD Limps into Election Campaign
9 May 2017 at 6:29am
Following months of ballot box success, the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party is suddenly sliding. And more bad news may be on the horizon. The party is hoping for a resurgence of the refugee crisis, but even that might not be enough.
SPD Doldrums: State Election Loss Spells Trouble for Schulz Candidacy
8 May 2017 at 4:30am
In February, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz was riding a wave of popularity. Now, his party has lost two state elections in a row and another state vote is looming on Sunday. Can he get his campaign back on track?
The Global Chancellor: How Merkel Got Her Groove Back
5 May 2017 at 10:08am
When Chancellor Merkel announced her re-election bid last November, it seemed as though she didn't really want the job. Recently, however, she has rediscovered her drive -- and is convinced that her experience is vital in these uncertain times.
The New Face of the AfD: How Far to the Right Is Alice Weidel?
4 May 2017 at 9:18am
The lead candidate for the Alternative for Germany in this fall's parliamentary elections doesn't have a resume typical of a right-wing populist. She has worked for Goldman Sachs and lives as an openly gay woman. How will her cosmopolitan background jibe with the party's nationalist message?
Eroding Friendship: German-Israeli Relations Take a Turn for the Worse
28 Apr 2017 at 9:26am
This week's diplomatic row over German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Israel is indicative of growing mistrust between the two governments. But it's unusual for tensions between the two countries to be this open.
Refugee and Soldier: The Double Life of a Right-Wing Terror Suspect
28 Apr 2017 at 3:34am
A suspected right-wing extremist German army officer is thought to have been planning an attack. As part of his preparation, he registered as a refugee from Syria. Now, Franco A. has been arrested in a perplexing case full of riddles.
Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum
21 Apr 2017 at 9:13am
A significant number of eligible Turkish voters living in Europe supported the referendum that curtails democracy in Turkey. That has triggered calls for consequences in both Berlin and Brussels and stirred up the German election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff
Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters
18 Apr 2017 at 7:23am
A clear majority of Turkish voters in Germany cast ballots in favor of Erdogan's presidential system -- many out of spite for the country. The development reveals how far immigrants from Turkey still have to go before they will be integrated at the center of society.
An Assault German's Favorite Pastime: Bombing of Team Bus Prompts Soul-Searching
14 Apr 2017 at 10:37am
The bomb attack on a German professional football team's bus this week had high symbolic impact, and some players felt used by the demand they play a rescheduled match one day later. The events have sparked a debate in Germany about the safety of famous athletes in the age of terror. By SPIEGEL Staff
The Face of AfD: Frauke Petry's Turbulent Path to the Right
13 Apr 2017 at 6:08am
As the head of the Alternative for Germany, Frauke Petry hopes to bring the right-wing populist party into the German parliament for the first time. How did an East German chemist and entrepreneur with a pastor for a husband turn into one of the country's most-hated people?
Distorted Views: Pro-Erdogan Sites Take Aim at Critics in Germany
7 Apr 2017 at 3:57am
Websites like the Ottoman Generation and Muslim Mainstream have become gathering points for supporters of Erdogan in Germany. But they are also being used to incite hatred against the Turkish president's critics.