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Economic Downturn: 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 […]
Radio Silence: German-U.S. Ties Are Breaking Down
am 21. August 2019 um 10:38
Never since the founding of postwar Germany have relations between Berlin and the United States been as fragile as they are today. There is virtual radio silence between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell is doing more to agitate the situation […]
Murder in Frankfurt: The Struggle to Find Answers to Random Crime
am 2. August 2019 um 16:01
On Monday, an eight-year-old boy got pushed in front of a train in Frankfurt and died. The crime has horrified the entire country and right-wing populists have sought to instrumentalize it. But can such acts of violence really be prevented? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
To Russia With Love: Relations with Moscow Emerge as German Election Issue
am 29. Juli 2019 um 16:18
With elections looming in three former East German states this fall, many leading politicians see rapprochement with Russia as a winning campaign strategy. But this perspective puts them in direct confrontation with Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in Berlin.
The Huawei Dilemma: Resistance to Chinese Mobile Provider Grows Among Conservatives
am 26. Juli 2019 um 7:43
In Germany, the debate is growing in conservative political circles as to whether it should prohibit Chinese network equipment provider Huawei from helping to build the country's 5G network. But at the moment, Berlin doesn't really have any other choice.
Far-Right AfD: Germany's Populist Party Embraces Its 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.
The Road to Brussels: Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?
am 5. Juli 2019 um 16:00
The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed.
No Way Back: Why Most Syrian Refugees Want to Stay in Germany
am 3. Juli 2019 um 15:09
Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home.
Father, Neighbor, Killer: Germany's Chilling 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 […]
Sudden Success: Germany's Green Party Faces Serious Growing Pains
am 19. Juni 2019 um 15:48
Public opinion polls indicate that Germany's Green Party is currently the strongest political force in the country. With a lack of policy experts, money and even sufficient office space, though, the party isn't quite ready for prime time. Only time will tell if the Greens are up to the […]
The Downfall of Andrea Nahles: A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman
am 13. Juni 2019 um 10:09
Andrea Nahles had hoped to rejuvenate Germany's Social Democratic Party. But after just over a year as party chair, she threw in the towel amid an unceasing storm of criticism. What went wrong?
Right-Wing Extremism? The Puzzling Murder of a German Politician
am 7. Juni 2019 um 16:03
The brutal murder of a politician in central Germany has led to widespread speculation about the motive and the identity of the perpetrator. Some see it as retaliation for his pro-refugee stance, but investigators have their doubts.
A Dim View of the World: Will Merkel Be Followed by Darkness?
am 28. Mai 2019 um 9:52
As the end of her tenure approaches, Angela Merkel has a view of the world that couldn't be much grimmer. She sees the pillars of the world order collapsing and yet, strangely, she doesn't seem to be doing much about it.
Climate Stasis: 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.
The AfD Dilemma: Germany Struggles to Find Right Approach to Populists
am 9. Mai 2019 um 14:48
With the AfD now holding seats in every state parliament and in the federal parliament in Berlin, churches, unions and other organizations across Germany are wrestling with a tough question: Is it better to kick the populists out or to try to integrate them? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A Nazi Critic and a Gestapo Spy: 'You Can't Report Your Own Father!'
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.
The Anti-Environment Party: AfD Hopes to Win Votes by Opposing Climate Protection
am 6. Mai 2019 um 10:22
German populists are adopting climate change denialism as a new campaign strategy. The far-right Alternative for Germany party has begun directing its unscientific claims at global warming activists like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and says it wants to be the party that "saves diesel."
Facebook Frenzy: How the German Right Wing Dominates Social Media
am 29. April 2019 um 12:31
A comprehensive analysis has revealed the degree to which German right-wing populists from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party are dominating the social media landscape. They might be getting help from abroad.
'Absolutely Controlled MP': Documents Link AfD Parliamentarian To Moscow
am 12. April 2019 um 8:48
Russian government emails show evidence of how Moscow is seeking to exploit the Alternative for Germany party in its propaganda war. The right-wing populists appear to be voluntary accomplices -- and a member of the federal parliament is at the center of the scandal. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A Precarious Alliance: Patience Wears Thin with Germany's NATO Spending
am 2. April 2019 um 17:38
As NATO prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the most successful military alliance in history finds itself in the throes of an existential crisis. The unfulfillled promises of some member countries -- in particular Germany -- to spend more on defense threaten to tear the block apart. By DER […]
In depth: What are the histories behind German city names?
am 22. August 2019 um 15:28
From Bremen to Berlin, or Köln to Kassel, we look at the often ancient histories of how Germany's cities received their names.
Merkel gives Britain until October 31st for Brexit solution
am 22. August 2019 um 14:16
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Britain could have until the day of its scheduled EU departure to avoid a chaotic no-deal Brexit, clarifying that she had not set London a 30-day deadline.
Man jailed for Chemnitz knife killing that sparked far-right protests
am 22. August 2019 um 13:50
A 24-year-old Syrian man was sentenced to nine and a half years in jail Thursday for a knife killing that sparked racist street violence and far-right protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.
'We must expand cycling infrastructure': Biking fatalities rise in Germany
am 22. August 2019 um 13:24
In the first half of 2019, the number of cycling fatalities reached the highest level since 2010. Experts weigh in on how to minimize the fatalities.
'Be patient': What you should know about buying property in Germany
am 22. August 2019 um 10:36
If you're planning on staying in Germany long term it might make sense to buy a property rather than renting. So what should you know about the process?
'Already causing us headaches': Merkel warns of Brexit economic pain
am 21. August 2019 um 14:24
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday of the economic impact of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, hours before she was to receive British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his first foreign visit.
How to get a job in Germany if you don't fit all the criteria
am 21. August 2019 um 12:50
Many people become dissuaded from applying for a job because they don't meet all of the requirements. Our German career columnists Chris Pyak explains why this shouldn't (necessarily) scare them away.
Kitas: Why are parents suing for a childcare spot in Germany?
am 21. August 2019 um 10:50
The shortage of Kita spots throughout Germany has led some parents to turn to private day care centres, or even take legal action.
Could the far-right AfD really win in upcoming German state elections?
am 21. August 2019 um 8:08
For the first time ever, the AfD could take the top spot in state elections in Germany. How likely is it and what does it mean? Here's what you need to know.
Merkel and Johnson to face off in Berlin in first Brexit talks
am 21. August 2019 um 6:55
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin on Wednesday to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms.
Daily dilemmas: Is it ever acceptable to cross the road at a red light in Germany?
am 20. August 2019 um 14:17
It's an issue that's debated often in Germany. Should you ever cross the road when it's a red light (if it's safe)? Or do you risk getting a telling off? Here's your verdict.
Summer returns to Germany as temperatures up to 30C forecast
am 20. August 2019 um 13:52
Packed away your shorts and t-shirts already? It's time to dig them out again as summer makes its comeback.
In numbers: Who are Germany's international students?
am 20. August 2019 um 13:25
According to the latest official data, international students now make up nearly 15 percent of Germany's student population. Who are they?
German theme park closes 'swastika ride'
am 20. August 2019 um 10:41
A zoo and leisure park in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) has shut down a new ride because it appears to resemble Nazi symbols.
Germany's top court sides with tenants in landmark rent control ruling
am 20. August 2019 um 10:37
Germany’s rent control law is constitutionally unquestionable, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled on Tuesday.
German word of the day: Wehtun
am 20. August 2019 um 10:12
Today’s word of the day is one of the many German words that combine an adjective with the verb "do."
How Berlin will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall
am 20. August 2019 um 7:38
This November marks three decades since the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. From art installations to dance parties, this is what's planned.
'A considerable risk': Germany plans to protect its airports from drones
am 19. August 2019 um 14:11
Responding to a growing number of drone disturbances at airports, Germany is looking into expanding its prohibition zone for the flying robots.
'We need to stand up to crisis': Germany warns of recession
am 19. August 2019 um 12:53
The German economy could enter a recession in the third quarter, the Bundesbank warned Monday, as the debate on government measures to support the economy swelled in Berlin.
Kurds in Syria hand over four IS-linked children to Germany
am 19. August 2019 um 12:44
The Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria on Monday handed over four children linked with the Islamic State group to Germany, their first such repatriation to the European country, an official said.