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The Never-Ending Summer: Is Germany's Heat Wave a Preview of the Future?
7 Aug 2018 at 2:39am
Germany is currently experiencing a state of meteorological emergency. Although many are enjoying the scorching summer, the heat wave has left others with health problems and also led to a drought. Is this a preview of how climate change may soon change our lives? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Alienating Immigrants: Is Germany Lurching To the Right?
31 Jul 2018 at 5:45am
Right-wing agitators are heating up the discussion about†immigration in Germany and filling it with hate. Last week's resignation of national football player Mesut ÷zil over concerns about racism is spurring a necessary and emotional debate about social cohesion in the country.
A German on Probation: What ÷zil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018
27 Jul 2018 at 6:41am
You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut ÷zil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But ÷zil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants.
'Our Antennae Are Up': Rise in Anti-Semitism†Unsettles Gemany's Jews
26 Jul 2018 at 9:10am
How does it feel to be Jewish in Germany in 2018? After decades of successful reconciliation and integration, an increase in anti-Semitic attacks has many Jews in Germany wondering: Is the pendulum swinging back?
NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?
20 Jul 2018 at 9:03am
Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government.
'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation P...
17 Jul 2018 at 5:50am
As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
NSU†Network: The Many Shortcomings†of†Germany's†Neo-Nazi Terror Trial
16 Jul 2018 at 8:26am
The right-wing extremist terror cell known as the National Socialist Underground ultimately murdered 10 people. The trial ended last week, but plenty of questions remain about the group's numerous accomplices.
With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel
6 Jul 2018 at 9:00am
From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel.
Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It
2 Jul 2018 at 6:32am
With his threat to resign on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dramatically increased the chances that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government might collapse. And he may have sounded the death knell of Germany's party system as well.
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
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?