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Jan Rübel

Jan Rübel


phone: +49 (0) 71 51-96 46 0

Autor / Berlin

Profiles, social issues, German and Middle Eastern politics


Born in 1970 on an island in Eastern Frisia. Islamic studies and Middle Eastern history at the Universities of Hamburg, Beirut and Tel Aviv. Attended the Axel Springer School of Journalism, followed by two years as a political editor at Die Welt. Parliamentary correspondent for the Welt am Sonntag for CDU, CSU and FDP 2005-2007. Moved to an Axel Springer AG development project in May 2007, in January 2008 to Zeitenspiegel, where he is now a partner. Currently provides political commentary for Yahoo.com.


Theodor Wolff Prize 2011
World Population Foundation Journalism Prize 2013
Nominated for Alternative Media Prize 2014
ERM Media Prize (third place) 2014
Karl Kübel Media Prize 2015
Nominated for Alternative Media Prize 2016
German Sozial Prize 2016
BIGSAS Media Prize 2017


Germany's migrant farmworkers

Appeared in "Frankfurter Rundschau", 23 Juni 2009

Before he departs Germany on Midsummer’s Day, many a Pole has gone thousands of miles on his knees. This year many have no intention of returning. The white asparagus harvest is hard work for low pay.


A life that is not going well

Appeared in "Frankfurter Rundschau," 18 May 2009

After he raped a young girl, Ronni was deported from Berlin, where he grew up, to Uganda, where he was born. A man without a country.


The mean streets of Moabit

Appeared in Stern No. 41/2008

They got good grades when they were little. They wanted to be doctors, judges or astronauts. Then puberty came,and they realized nothing is more important than honor and respect. But no one respected them. Today they are unemployed, with criminal records. The story of Khaled, Hamad Sherif, Rams and Sonu, who call themselves a “family,” not a gang.


Tom's second life

Appeared in Stern 04/2008

By the time the authorities discovered him, he had lost the ability to feel pain. Severely abused almost from birth, Tom and his body may never recover. The story of an unimaginably bad start in life and foster parents capable of unconditional love.


My body stays here

Appeared in sonntag aktuell, 25 November 2007

Muslim immigrants increasingly wish to be buried in Germany. A Portuguese cemetery custodian in Stuttgart’s main cemetery deal with unfamiliar rituals and traditions.


"They can laugh at us if they want"

Erschienen in "Welt am Sonntag", 8. Oktober 2006

Peter Ramsauer of the CSU explains health care reform to Bavarians.