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The shady campagin funding of the AfD  •  Der Spiegel 12/2017

The "Association for the Preservation of the Rule of Law and Civil Liberties" finances expensive campaigns for the AfD. The donors are secret, their activities raise the question  of hidden party funding. Together with my colleagues, I have repeatedly reported on the background of the association, the role of a dubious Swiss PR agency, and contacts to AfD top politicians, although the party officially claims it has nothing to do with the club.

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Haunted House  •  Der Spiegel 5/2017

The Library of Conservatism in Berlin is the new think-tank of right circles. AfD politicians, Euro enemies, abortionists and Islam critics meet here to make national ideas salonable.

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How German MPs act as lobbyists in the Bundestag  •  Der Spiegel 3/2017

Over the years, I have been often reporting about lobbying activities of German MPs. Numerous parliamentarians are active as lobbyists and at the same time stand up for the their clientele, ignoring conflicts of interest. 

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How McKinsey benefits from the refugee crisis  •  Der Spiegel 44/2016

McKinsey was regarded as a selfless helper in the refugee crisis of 2015. The public thought their work was pro bono. With my colleague Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt, I was able to show that the consultants did not work pro bono - but were paid off well.

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Fast money  •  Der Spiegel 24/2016

When we first reported about the plans of the government to privatize the Autobahns, the article did not get much attention in the public. However, in autumn, a brief report from my colleague Andreas Wassermann and me on the same subject caused a huge debate: Will banks and insurance companies get access to the billion-dollar motorway network?

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The affair Toll Collect  •  Der Spiegel 23/2016

Over the past years, my colleague Andreas Wassermann and I have repeatedly reported about Toll Collect. We revealed details of the arbitration proceedings, which have lasted for ten years, got insight into secret contracts and in the latest article we report about unusual high bonuses for Toll Collect and its consortium Daimler and Telekom.

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Dirty secrets  •  Der Spiegel 20/2016

The emission scandal is one of the biggest economic crimes in recent history. Right after the outbreak in September 2015, my colleagues and me began to report on the extent of the fraud scandal. My work focused primarily on the powerful lobby of the automotive industry in Berlin and Brussels.

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The close ties between Angela Merkel and Germany's biggest publisher  •  Der Spiegel 15/2016

Documents from the Chancellery and the publishing house Springer highlight the special relationship between the publisher Friede Springer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer.

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Revolving doors in the German chancellery  •  Der Spiegel 7/2016

The transfer of State Minister Eckart von Klaeden to the carmaker Daimler caused heavy furor in Germany. Von Klaeden was prosecuted due to corruption charges for some time. In several articles Gerald Traufetter and I reported on a billions Euro share deal of Daimler. In the Chancellery, Klaeden was also involved. Did he help his future employer?

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The hidden PR machine behind Yulia Tymoshenko  •  Der Spiegel 52/2015

A group of former politicians and PR professionals around the last GDR prime minister Lothar de Maizière orchestrated a campaign for the release of the Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Paris attacks  •  Spiegel Online, 2.12.2015

Unpublished court records reveal details about the life of the presumed wiremaker Abdelhamid Abaaoud. My colleague Katrin Kuntz and I had exclusive access to hundreds of pages of investigation results.

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Exclusive opportunity  •  Der Spiegel 43/2015

The defense industry promotes questionable journeys for employees of MPs. An honorable think-tank arranges the invitations.

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How parliamentary groups misuse taxpayer's money  •  Der Spiegel 18/2015

Every year, the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag receive millions Euros for PR reasons. In several articles, my colleagues and I disclosed how the parliamentary groups misuse taxpayer’s money for party work and election campaigns.

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The next construction scandal in Berlin?  •  Der Spiegel 5/2016

On the construction site of the Berlin city palace the problems are piling up. Is Berlin undergoing the next construction scandal?

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Full braking  •  Der Spiegel 53/2015

Internal documents reveal: TÜV, Dekra and Co. could lose their registration as car inspectors. The German system of car inspections is threatened, with consequences for garages and millions of car owners.

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German TÜV under suspicion  •  Der Spiegel 44/2015

Correct, incorruptible, serious? The German TÜV is regarded as the epitome of German reliability. However, the auditors jeopardize their reputation with questionable certificates, lax controls and profiteering.

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German hypocrisy  •  Der Spiegel 40/2015

The federal government oversaw the tricks of the car companies for a long time, maintaining close ties with the industry's representatives.

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The pitman  •  Der Spiegel 26/2014

A portrait of the coal lobbyist and German MP Ulrich Freese. 

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Political Business Class  •  Der Spiegel 15/2014

A new code of conduct was supposed to avoid conflict of interests in the German Parliament. But the gaps in the system remain large

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Luscious extra income  •  Der Spiegel 13/2014

Many German MPs have conflicts of interes between their mandate in the Bundestag and their lobbying activities. 

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