The Day of the Century: How Germans Experienced End of WWII

The Day of the Century: How Germans Experienced End of WWII

In a multimedia special with historic videos, photos and interviews with witnesses, SPIEGEL ONLINE documents the end of World War II on May 8, 1945, showing the suffering and upheaval experienced across Europe and Germany. more...


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Blood Feud Behind the Scenes of Volkswagen's Dynastic Battle

Blood Feud: Behind the Scenes of Volkswagen's Dynastic Battle

Six words recently inflamed a decades-long battle between the two families behind Volkswagen and Porsche. It underscored how dangerous the dynasty has become for Germany's largest carmaker and how the company threatens to grow out of touch. By Dietmar Hawranek and Dirk Kurbjuweit more...


Germany's Dilemma Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel

Germany's Dilemma: Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel

Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to refuse to allow the Palestinians to establish their own state? By Nicola Abé, Christiane Hoffmann, Horand Knaup, René Pfister and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


America's Willing Helper Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place

America's Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place

Germany's latest spying scandal has created the biggest crisis yet for the country's foreign intelligence agency. The German government appears to have been aware of widespread US spying, possibly including economic espionage, against European targets and yet it did nothing to stop it. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Rem Koolhaas Interview 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use'

Rem Koolhaas Interview: 'We Shouldn't Tear Down Buildings We Can Still Use'

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about the new Fondazione Prada museum he designed in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris. Interview Conducted by Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Donetsk Separatist Leader 'We Are Not Citizens of Ukraine'

Donetsk Separatist Leader: 'We Are Not Citizens of Ukraine'

Alexander Zakharchenko is the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which is not recognized by the international community. In a rare interview, he says his greatest hope is that Moscow will annex his territory just as it did Crimea. Interview Conducted By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Fears As Predator Returns To Europe

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Fears As Predator Returns To Europe

The wolf has returned to Germany and along with it, ages old fears. But these worries are unfounded, argues Italian biologist Luigi Boitani, who has studied the creature's return across Europe. Interview Conducted by Julia Koch more... Comment ]

The Beginning of the End Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

The Beginning of the End: Case Could Halt Lethal Injections in US

Following a string of horrific botched executions, the US Supreme Court is considering a case that could lead to a ban on lethal injections. The alternatives are so cruel that they might bring the country closer to abolishing capital punishment. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Debt Crisis Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

Debt Crisis: Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

In comments made to SPIEGEL ONLINE, new Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos categorically rules out his country exiting the euro zone and supports calls for German reparations payments in connection with Nazi war crimes. By Giorgos Christides, David Böcking and Roland Nelles in Athens more... Comment ]

Spying Close to Home German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

US intelligence spent years spying on European targets from a secretive base. Now, it seems that German intelligence was aware of the espionage -- and did nothing to stop it. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

An Unending Refugee Tragedy Europe's Path to Deadly Partition

An Unending Refugee Tragedy: Europe's Path to Deadly Partition

Germany and its European Union partners want to prevent further refugee dramas in the Mediterranean Sea. But a look back at the policies adopted after the 2013 tragedy in Lampedusa shows they have made a terrible situation even deadlier. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A War Waged From German Soil US Ramstein Base Key in Drone Attacks

A War Waged From German Soil: US Ramstein Base Key in Drone Attacks

The US Air Force base in Ramstein is a central and indispensible element in Barack Obama's controversial use of drones in the war against terror. New documents are creating pressure for both Washington and the German government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Terror Strategist Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given exclusive access to his papers. They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]