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  • Germany's Greens Hit Adulthood
    am 16. Januar 2020 um 14:31

    Once self-identified as the "anti-party party," Germany's Greens now have aspirations of moving into the Chancellery before long. At age 40, their story is one of astonishing success -- and change.

  • American Withdraws from Trial after Questions about His Background
    am 14. Januar 2020 um 11:11

    An American witness in a Holocaust trial drew global attention after making a conciliatory gesture to a concentration camp guard. After questions about whether the joint plaintiff had even been held in a concentration camp, he has now withdrawn from the proceedings.

  • Germany: The Concentration Camp Victim Who Never Was
    am 14. Januar 2020 um 10:28

    A supposed former prisoner at Stutthof concentration camp attracted attention around the world when he hugged a man accused of being a former guard during his criminal trial and offered his forgiveness. The story seemed too good to be true -- and it was.

  • 'The "Gypsy" Stereotype Affects Us All'
    am 9. Januar 2020 um 13:55

    Germany's Sinti and Roma are a diverse minority that have little more in common than their negative image in society. We asked four young people from the ethnic group to share their stories.

  • Germany Struggles To Define Limits of What Can Be Said
    am 8. November 2019 um 12:56

    A debate over the limits of free speech is exploding in Germany, with the left and the right seeking to outdo each other. The political debate has grown intense in this polarized country, but it's also more vital than ever. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

  • German Government Clash over NATO 2-Percent Goal
    am 7. November 2019 um 17:07

    U.S. President Donald Trump has been extremely critical of German defense spending. But in a midterm government report, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz successfully prevented an explicit pledge to increase the defense budget.

  • Fridays for Horsepower: German Motorists Oppose Fridays for Future
    am 15. Oktober 2019 um 12:56

    Motorists in Germany are banding together to oppose climate activists' calls to limit the use of cars. Politicians are taking them seriously because, unlike the Fridays for Future movement and its leader Greta Thunberg, most members of the Fridays for Horsepower group can vote. By SPIEGEL Staff

  • Far-Right Terrorism in Germany: Shooting Exposes Lapses in Security Apparatus
    am 11. Oktober 2019 um 18:29

    The 27-year-old German man who went on a shooting spree during the Yom Kippur holiday was out to kill Jews. He apparently self-radicalized in the darkest corners of the internet, beyond the reach of police or intelligence officials, who are woefully unprepared for this new breed of terrorism. By […]

  • Possible Russian State Involvement in Berlin Murder
    am 2. Oktober 2019 um 15:03

    The murder of a Georgian man in Berlin is attracting international attention. DER SPIEGEL and its reporting partners have new information indicating that the crime could in fact have been commissioned by the Russian state.

  • Vanishing Monasteries in Germany: The Last of the Monks
    am 19. September 2019 um 8:58

    Religious orders in Germany are disappearing because so few people want to dedicate their entire lives to God anymore. Some monasteries and convents find novel ways to make money and survive, but even their days are numbered.

  • German Populist AfD Party Continues Slide to Extremism
    am 12. September 2019 um 15:52

    In recent state elections, the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany won almost a quarter of the votes. It was primarily radical candidates from the right-wing fringe who emerged triumphant. The party is continuing its slide into extremism. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

  • Germany Examines Legality of Dumpster Diving
    am 2. September 2019 um 11:03

    Taking food out of supermarket dumpsters is illegal in Germany. But the practice is growing in popularity. Even as some stores try to keep the dumpster divers away, those interested can sign up for courses in "beginner diving."

  • Germany May Abandon Its Beloved Black Zero
    am 22. August 2019 um 12:06

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is still clinging to her policy of a balanced budget, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Germany's economic downturn could soon usher in a return to deficit spending. Government ministries are already signaling a willingness to abandoned years of cautious fiscal […]

  • Germany's Populist Party Embraces Far-Right Extremist Wing
    am 12. Juli 2019 um 17:16

    The far-right fringe of Germany's populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists.

  • Father, Neighbor, Killer: Germany's New Far-Right Terror
    am 27. Juni 2019 um 15:45

    The recent politically motivated assassination of a prominent local leader in Germany has raised concern about the growing threat of far-right extremism in the country. As investigators search for possible accomplices, politicians are struggling to find answers to the escalating violence. By DER […]

  • German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future
    am 13. Mai 2019 um 15:30

    In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was turning away from nuclear energy in favor of a renewable future. Since then, however, progress has been limited. Berlin has wasted billions of euros and resistance is mounting.

  • A Nazi Critic and a Gestapo Spy
    am 8. Mai 2019 um 12:44

    The Gestapo spy Paul Reckzeh denounced a group of Nazi critics in Berlin and two of them were executed. Irmgard Ruppel was the last survivor of the group, and in an interview five decades later, she told the story of what happened.

  • Germany: Angela Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think
    am 15. März 2019 um 15:19

    Angela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down.

  • Germany's Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia Spurs Pushback
    am 6. März 2019 um 17:32

    Germany's ruling parties are at odds over the decision to ban all German arms experts to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Jamal Khashoggi killing. While some argue it is a question of values, others worry it is undermining European cooperation. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

  • Chancellor Merkel Unwelcome on the Campaign Trail
    am 21. Februar 2019 um 15:31

    Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east.

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