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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.
Targeting Terrorists: Germany's Dilemma in Dealing with Islamist Threats
23 Mar 2017 at 4:13am
German police believe there are 602 Islamists living in the country who could be capable of perpetrating a terrorist attack. Politicians want to crack down on possible extremists, but many of the measures under consideration are ineffective or legally dubious. By SPIEGEL Staff
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.