The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Culture War Over German Identity: Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

Culture War Over German Identity Religious Symbols Take Center Stage

The Bavarians want crosses in public buildings, German Jews want to be able to wear kippas in public without being attacked and Muslims would like more understanding for the headscarf. Germany's search for identity has turned religious. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Germany and Immigration: The Changing Face of the Country

Germany and Immigration The Changing Face of the Country

Many Germans feel foreign in their own country and are afraid that immigration is changing their homeland rapidly. Every fifth person in Germany comes from an immigration background and that number will continue to climb. What does that mean for the country? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Priced Out: Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans

Priced Out Rising Rents Are Putting the Squeeze on Germans

Housing shortages have become a serious issue in many German cities, where there is a shortfall around 2 million affordable apartments. A new study shows that the problem is hitting low-earners hard. By Markus Dettmer and Hannah Knuth more... Comment ]

A Death in Berlin: Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain

A Death in Berlin Deafening Silence After Overdose at Berghain

During an around-the-world trip last summer, a couple from California visited Berlin's legendary Berghain techno club. A few hours later, one of them was dead. Even today, no one seems willing to accept responsibility for the tragedy. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]


Envy and Prejudice in Germany: An Author's Quest to Explain Muslim Anti-Semitism

Envy and Prejudice in Germany An Author's Quest to Explain Muslim Anti-Semitism

Israeli author David Ranan spent a year speaking to Muslims in Germany about anti-Semitism, with the goal of understanding prejudices and their root causes. He has transformed his findings into a book that draws surprising conclusions about the extent of the problem. By Sven Becker and Dominik Peters more... Comment ]

The Schism: Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

The Schism Merkel's Conservatives Divided and Discordant

Chancellor Angela Merkel's contentious relationship with her new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatens to overshadow her fourth term in office. The two conservative leaders fundamentally disagree about who their constituents should be. By Melanie Amann, Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


The Two Women at the Top: Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

The Two Women at the Top Inside the Relationship Between Berlin's Uncertain New Allies

Never before in German history have two governing parties been led by women. The country's political stability will now hinge on the relationship between Andrea Nahles and Angela Merkel. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]