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Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country
19 Apr 2018 at 10:24am
Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'
16 Apr 2018 at 9:41am
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia.
Priced Out: Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans
13 Apr 2018 at 8:57am
Housing shortages have become a serious issue in many German cities, where there is a shortfall around 2 million affordable apartments. A new study shows that the problem is hitting low-earners hard.
A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain
3 Apr 2018 at 8:58am
During an around-the-world trip last summer, a couple from California visited Berlin's legendary Berghain techno club. A few hours later, one of them was dead. Even today, no one seems willing to accept responsibility for the tragedy.
Envy and Prejudice in Germany: An Author's Quest to Explain Muslim Anti-Semitism
28 Mar 2018 at 3:35am
Israeli author David Ranan spent a year speaking to Muslims in Germany about anti-Semitism, with the goal of understanding prejudices and their root causes. He has transformed his findings into a book that draws surprising conclusions about the extent of the problem.
The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant
23 Mar 2018 at 10:06am
Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be.
The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain ...
15 Mar 2018 at 9:09am
Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Cyber-Espionage Hits Berlin: The Breach from the East
5 Mar 2018 at 6:29am
German intelligence officials issued warnings back in 2016 of a cyber-espionage group known as Snake. But the apparently Russian hackers behind the group were able to breach the German government nonetheless. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Where's the Enthusiasm?: Germany's New Milquetoast Government
5 Mar 2018 at 2:44am
With the Social Democrats having approved a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany finally has a government. Despite the breakthrough, however, enthusiasm is in short supply in Berlin.
Hope for a New Beginning: Two Years in a German Teen Refugee Home
5 Mar 2018 at 2:25am
In recent years, thousands of unaccompanied minors have arrived in Germany hoping to be recognized as refugees. DER SPIEGEL followed eight Afghan teenagers in a group home as they inched their way through the asylum process.
The Diesel Delusion: Court Ruling Could Change Future of Mobility in Germany
2 Mar 2018 at 10:01am
A major court ruling in Germany on Tuesday means that millions of diesel cars may soon be banned from city centers in the country. The verdict clearly exposes the vast failings of German policymakers over the years and their cozy relationship with the automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
CDU General Secretary Kramp-Karrenbauer: 'The Stability of Our Political Syst...
26 Feb 2018 at 9:27am
With Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer having been appointed to general secretary of the conservative Christian Democrats, many see her as Angela Merkel's possible successor. DER SPIEGEL spoke with her about what the CDU must do to remain relevant and the things that make her different from the chancellor.
The Diesel Disaster: Are Driving Bans Coming for German Cities?
21 Feb 2018 at 9:31am
A court ruling could ban millions of diesel cars from German city centers, rendering the vehicles worthless. The federal government has considered responding with free public transportation and by forcing car manufacturers to submit to new requirements. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Big-Tent Blues: The Silver Lining of Germany's Political Chaos
20 Feb 2018 at 12:44am
A wave of political change is crashing over Germany and the country's once-proud big-tent parties are in a state of crisis. As frightening as the development may be, it also presents an opportunity.
Crumbling Big-Tent Parties: German Politics Enters Era of Instability
16 Feb 2018 at 9:34am
Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff