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German-Language Press
Der Spiegel
Circulation: 1,052,400
Der Spiegel (The Mirror) is Germany’s biggest newsweekly. Founded in 1947, the illustrated magazine is famous for its rigorous investigative journalism. Spiegel Online is Germany’s leading news website. It has its own editorial staff and tends to be more controversial than the print version. It also puts out an international version in English with translations of key articles from the magazine:
Der Tagesspiegel
Circulation: 147,000
Der Tagesspiegel (The Daily Mirror), is the only Berlin-based newspaper showing an increasing subscriber base. A classically liberal German daily, its main readership is in the western half of the city, but its subscriber base has grown since reunification.
Die Welt
Circulation: 269,100
Die Welt (The World) is a daily German newspaper which appears in 130 countries. Originally started by British occupation forces after WWII, it covers current events in politics, economics, and finance, and includes opinion pages, analysis, and commentary. Its stance is conservative. Die Welt is the flagship paper of the controversial Axel Springer publishing group which has been widely criticized for its blatant use of power and also publishes the German tabloid Bild.
Die Zeit
Circulation: 487,000
Die Zeit (The Times) is a national newspaper based in Hamburg. A weekly appearing on Thursdays, it reports on political, economic, cultural, scientific, and social themes as well as on technology, medicine, education, and sports. Widely respected internationally, its philosophy ranges from centrist to social liberal.
Circulation: 694,000
Focus is a news magazine founded in 1993 which seeks to rival Der Spiegel. It is a modern publication with a conservative perspective which reports on the activities of politicians and other public figures.
Circulation: 369,100
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt General Newspaper), or FAZ for short, is a high-profile national newspaper. FAZ is an independent daily founded in 1949, distributed nationally and internationally in around 120 countries. It is Germany's equivalent of The New York Times and has a slight conservative slant.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
Circulation: 337,400
This is the FAZ’s Sunday edition. It was launched in 2001 and soon became one of Germany’s leading weekend newspapers. The paper covers a wide range of topics, skillfully blending entertainment news with coverage of politics, culture and society.
Neues Deutschland
Circulation: 22 000
Neues Deutschland (New Germany) is a former East German newspaper. It is produced by the Democratic Socialism Party (PDS), which is part of Die Linke (The Left), the only German party today to run a daily newspaper.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Circulation: 146,700
Established in 1780, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (The Zurich New Journal) is Switzerland's leading newspaper. It is read in all German-speaking countries and is known for its strong coverage of international affairs.
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Circulation: 445,000
The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) was founded in 1945 and is based in Munich. It appears daily in 150 countries and rivals the FAZ as one of Germany’s principal broadsheets. Editorially liberal, the Süddeutsche Zeitung has a long-standing staff of well-known journalists.
Circulation: 56,700
taz (abbreviated from Die Tageszeitung or Daily Newpaper) is an unconventional daily founded in West Berlin in 1979 from within the autonomist movement, partly as a reaction to the government’s attempts to gag the press after the spate of left-wing terrorism known as the ‘German Autumn’ (1977). The Taz has become the German mouthpiece of left-wing feminists, ecologists and pacifists.
Welt am Sonntag
Welt am Sonntag (World on Sunday) is the Sunday edition of the weekday Die Welt, established in 1948. Its head office is in Berlin, and it has local editions for Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Düsseldorf. It features numerous specialist sections covering subjects including literature, culture, politics, sport, economics, finance, style, travel and real estate.