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Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome ...
20 Mar 2017 at 10:10am
German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State.
Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany
14 Mar 2017 at 9:07am
Turkey is divided ahead of a key constitutional referendum to grant President Erdogan more power. So too is Germany's Turkish population. Officials are concerned that violence could be the result while ordinary Germans are unable to understand how anyone could support Erdogan. By SPIEGEL Staff
Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance
9 Mar 2017 at 3:38am
Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff
Security Holes: German Parties and Ministries Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks
6 Mar 2017 at 10:09am
Politicians in Germany are warning about the threat of hacking attacks, but when it comes to their own data, many are too careless. SPIEGEL reporting has determined that some German political parties are failing to take advice from the country's information security authority seriously enough.
'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands
24 Feb 2017 at 9:00am
U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state.
SPIEGEL Exclusive: Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists
24 Feb 2017 at 9:00am
Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years, including employees of the BBC, Reuters and the New York Times. Critics see a massive violation of press freedoms.
Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany
16 Feb 2017 at 7:21am
The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis.
Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All
14 Feb 2017 at 6:48am
With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff
'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins
9 Feb 2017 at 10:39am
With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences.
SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our A...
8 Feb 2017 at 6:01am
Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump.
A Tectonic Shift in the German Election: Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel
1 Feb 2017 at 5:25am
With the surprise announcement that Martin Schulz, until recently the head of the European Parliament, will be the Social Democrats' chancellor candidate this fall, the German political landscape has undergone a tectonic shift. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel must prepare for a real fight.
Dear Facebook, This Man Is Not a Terrorist: Selfie with Merkel Haunts Refugee
19 Jan 2017 at 8:58am
Under normal circumstances, he would be considered a shining example of integration. But a selfie of Anas Modamani together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been used repeatedly to label the young Syrian refugee as a terrorist. The 19-year-old has had enough and is taking legal action against Facebook.
Democracy Under Pressure: Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Te...
6 Jan 2017 at 10:50am
In the wake of the Berlin terror attack, leading German politicians have begun demanding changes to the country's security architecture. With fall elections approaching, the issue is set to dominate the campaign. But there's also a danger of going too far. By SPIEGEL Staff
A Known 'Threat': Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?
5 Jan 2017 at 3:41am
German authorities identified Anis Amri as a potential terrorist threat months ago. How did they fail to stop him from committing his deadly attack? These government failures are likely to haunt the country for months to come. By SPIEGEL Staff
Terror in Berlin: How the Attack Has Changed the Country
23 Dec 2016 at 11:16am
Terror attacks bring people together. That, at least, is what used to happen. But the attack in Berlin has followed a different script, with the gap between those content to wait for the facts and those eager to score political points now wider than ever before. A look back at 48 hours that changed the country. By SPIEGEL Staff