'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

'69 People on My 69th Birthday' Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

NSU Network: The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial

NSU Network The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial

The right-wing extremist terror cell known as the National Socialist Underground ultimately murdered 10 people. The trial ended last week, but plenty of questions remain about the group's numerous accomplices. By Maik Baumgärtner more... Comment ]


With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

With Friends Like These ... Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel

From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel. By Melanie Amann, Anna Clauß, Markus Feldenkirchen, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It

Crisis in Berlin The End of German Politics As We Know It

With his threat to resign on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dramatically increased the chances that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government might collapse. And he may have sounded the death knell of Germany's party system as well. An Editorial by Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]


Germany's Conservative Meltdown: The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

Germany's Conservative Meltdown The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure

With the chancellor under heavy fire from Bavarian conservatives, Germany's political landscape may be facing radical upheaval. Angela Merkel might lose her job and the country's traditional center-right partnership could soon end. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trumping Trump: The Truth About German Crime Statistics

Trumping Trump The Truth About German Crime Statistics

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the German crime rate had risen by 10 percent because of refugees in the country. He's wrong. We took a closer look at just how wrong. By Philipp Seibt more... Comment ]


Migration Headache: Inside the Coalition Battle That Could Topple Merkel

Migration Headache Inside the Coalition Battle That Could Topple Merkel

With elections approaching in Bavaria, Angela Merkel's rival Horst Seehofer is seeking to pressure the chancellor into reversing her stance on migration. The conflict could fracture the coalition in Berlin and cost Merkel her job. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Princess, a Poisoning and an Oil Fortune: The Bizarre Corruption Scandal at Bilfinger

A Princess, a Poisoning and an Oil Fortune The Bizarre Corruption Scandal at Bilfinger

Bilfinger, one of Germany's best-known construction firms, pledged to clean up its global business practices as it pivoted to the oil sector. But when an investigator began digging into one of the company's deals in the Middle East, she suddenly fell ill - and things only got stranger from there. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]


Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, 59, says its time for a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system and to resuscitate the financial transaction tax. Italy, he says, will fall into line. An Interview by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Trapped in the Past: Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

Trapped in the Past Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was being described as the new leader of the free world. But recently she has been having trouble getting her way even in Berlin and Europe. Her days of dominance appear to be over. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]