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Cultural Conundrum: What Does It Mean To Be a Hamburger?
26 Jun 2017 at 8:18am
As Germany prepares for next week's G-20 summit, the world has its eyes on Hamburg. The city has seen a decline in the port culture that put it on the map, but the recent success of its spectacular new concert hall has forced many residents to reflect anew on what it means to be a Hamburger.
The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy
23 Jun 2017 at 9:46am
For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians.
Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House
22 Jun 2017 at 9:48am
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House.
'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors
20 Jun 2017 at 7:18am
When the leaders of the world's most powerful economies descend on Hamburg next month, the city will be a virtual fortress with the deployment of 20,000 police. Officials believe violent protests are likely.
A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl
16 Jun 2017 at 2:31pm
He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy.
Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling
9 Jun 2017 at 9:49am
The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel's hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany's relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States.
Migrant Crime in Germany: The Lost Sons of North Africa
9 Jun 2017 at 1:48am
Thousands of young men from North Africa come to Germany every year and many of them, like Samir, fall afoul of the law. Officials would like to accelerate the deportation process, but the criminals aren't welcome back home either. By SPIEGEL Staff
Interview with Germany's Foreign Minister: By Pulling Away, U.S. 'Does the Mo...
8 Jun 2017 at 10:01am
In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel discusses the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate protection and his particularly tough stance against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Merkel Challenger Schulz: Trump 'Most Un-American' U.S. President Seen in Years
6 Jun 2017 at 8:31am
Martin Schulz, the former European Parliament president and Angela Merkel's challenger in the German election, says in an interview with DER SPIEGEL that he views Donald Trump as a threat to European security. He also calls on the chancellor to do more to strengthen the EU.
A Trans-Atlantic Turning Point: What Was Merkel Thinking?
29 May 2017 at 8:19am
A historical turning point or mere campaign bluster? Chancellor Angela Merkel's Sunday speech on relations with Donald Trump's America has raised eyebrows the world over. What did she mean?
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.