Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

Archive Debate Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns

Angela Merkel's decision to take her Facebook account, with its 2.5 million followers, offline has baffled some members of the German government and raised questions about whether her decision will obscure an important part of the historical record. By Melanie Amann, Roman Höfner and Martin Knobbe more...

Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

Broken Bond The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing. By Annette Großbongardt more...


A Fateful Year: Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

A Fateful Year Can Germany's SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?

Germany's Social Democratic Party was once the party of the working class and knew what it stood for. Lately, though, its lack of a coherent message has left it ineffectual and unpopular. This year will be critical for the SPD's survival. By Christoph Hickmann and Veit Medick more... Comment ]

German Right-Wing Populists: Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

German Right-Wing Populists Domestic Intelligence Report Highlights AfD Extremism

German domestic intelligence officials have taken a closer look at the far-right fringe of the populist party Alternative for Germany. What they found is that the wing's leaders may pose a threat to democracy in the country. By Melanie Amann, Jörg Diehl, Martin Knobbe and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]


Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads

Babylon Berlin The German Capital at a Crossroads

Berlin is changing. That's nothing new, of course, but even as integration challenges have resulted in crime in some neighborhoods, others are trying to find ways to avoid the stasis that comes with gentrification. Success is uncertain. By Lars-Olav Beier, Hilmar Schmundt and Volker Weidermann more... Comment ]

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and keeping the CDU together is task No. 1. A Commentary by René Pfister more... Comment ]


'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

'A Favor' Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

Golden Age A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very beginning. By Melanie Amann, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]


Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

Alternative Funding Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up. By Melanie Amann, Laura Backes, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]