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Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:59
Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:01
An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear.

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:44
In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in.

Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:29
German right-wing populists are blasting a new law regulating hate postings on Twitter and Facebook, saying it destroys freedom of opinion in the country. But their tirades are misplaced.

Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:01
Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

End of an Era: Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:00
The Merkel era has been characterized by a deep yearning for stability. Yet her tenure has led to Germany's current period of instability. It is time to move on from Merkelism.

2016 Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Terror Survivors Feel Abandoned by German Authorities

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:47
One year after the terror attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, the relatives of the victims feel like the German authorities have treated them callously or neglected them. Some of their anger is also directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:08
The idea of a soft launch for Berlin's long-delayed new international airport is gaining traction. It would mean opening its doors in 2020, but without its main terminal.

SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:14
SPD leader Martin Schulz twice ruled out a continuation of the grand coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. Now, though, he has little choice but to consider such an alliance anyway. He speaks with DER SPIEGEL about what that means for him, his party, Germany and Europe.

Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:06
With Angela Merkel's first effort at assembling a governing coalition having failed, a run-back of her current alliance with the Social Democrats appears likely. That, though, is hardly something to look forward to. And may not happen at all. By DER SPIEGEL staff

Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 05:39
The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.

Collapse: Germany Seeks to Pick Up the Pieces

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:45
With coalition talks having collapsed, the country and the continent are now wondering what happens next. Blame is being heaped on the FDP, but the party could end up suffering mightily. Germany and Europe, meanwhile, are the biggest losers. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Coalition Talks Collapse: Germany Wins, Merkel Loses

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:37
The collapse of coalition negotiations in Berlin is a win for political clarity in Germany. The parties involved would hardly have been able to govern effectively together. But it marks the end of Chancellor Merkel's style of governing.

German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:47
After the collapse of the German coalition talks, the blame game has already begun. Yet all the parties bear responsibility for how the negotiations failed.

Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:13
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next?

The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:18
Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election as SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy.

Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:53
Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear.

A Country, Still Divided: Why Is the Former East Germany Tilting Populist?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:19
The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago, yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist AfD party did particularly well in the eastern states. But why? By DER SPIEGEL staff

Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:06
Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield.

Hot Air in Germany: Coalition Talks Stalling on Climate Targets

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:12
Germany is way behind on its emissions reduction goals, but coalition talks currently underway in Berlin aren't likely to help. Instead of embracing the shift to renewables as an economic opportunity, wariness of future technologies remains.