There seems to be a trend in the international blogosphere lately: citing “Der Spiegel” as a trustworthy source of what “Germans” think about the Euro, about what we should do in Europe or what is planned etc. This is wrong.
“Der Spiegel” is the biggest German weekly magazine with a very popular online news website called “Spiegel Online”. However, it often borders on alarmist and in my view is closer to a tabloid than a serious source of information and analysis. It often skillfully collects bits of information and citations of politicians that fit the dramatic plot they would like to present, and make it appear as a sensible description of what is really going on. And they are very good at this, they are the drama queen of German journalism. Exaggerating only slightly, it always reminds me of Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”. But would you use Dan Brown as a source for the history of Christianity?
I don’t know anyone in Germany who holds “Der Spiegel” in high regard, let alone reads it regularly. If you really want to know what is going on in Germany, you will have to run the two big daily newspapers “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ, slightly conservative, hard-money and austerity loving) and “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ, center-left, more willing to solve the Euro crisis through deeper integration) through Google Translate and take the average. Not that I agree with what their economics sections write, I actually disagree with both quite often. But at least they are not trying to spice up stories about Germany and the Euro above the extent that is to be expected from newspapers that have to sell copies. Or you could go directly to “Deutsche Welle”, the news page of the German “BBC” in English.
So please, Tyler, Ryan, Matt, … stop citing “Der Spiegel” as a main source for Germany. The German image outside of Germany is bad as it is. No reason to worsen it further by citing dramatic articles, mostly free of serious analysis, about Germany and the Euro.