Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]





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World Risk Index The Human Factor in Natural Disasters

World Risk Index: The Human Factor in Natural Disasters

How vulnerable is your country to natural disasters? The 2016 World Risk Index is now out and it shows that infrastructure is a key factor in the ability to withstand events like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]


Burqa Ban Debate Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Burqa Ban Debate: Full Veils Already Mostly Prohibited in Germany

Some conservative German politicians would like to see a ban on burqas and other veils. Doing so, however, would likely violate the constitution -- and there are plenty of practical rules already in place. By Jan Friedmann, Dietmar Hipp and Conny Neumann more... Comment ]


Fear Unveiled Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Fear Unveiled: Why Banning the Burqa Makes No Sense

Calls in Germany to ban the burqa are misguided and the move would do little to liberate Muslim women. The fight for emancipation must come from inside the religion. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

Since March, Fayez Sarraj has been the prime minister of Libya, a country torn by civil war. Now he is tasked with surmounting the country's political divisions and leading the fight against the Islamic State and a network of human-traffickers transporting tens of thousands of migrants to Europe. Interview Conducted By Klaus Brinkbäumer and Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Dieselgate in Europe How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it. By Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Helping Hands on Holiday How To Avoid the Pitfalls of Voluntourism

Helping Hands on Holiday: How To Avoid the Pitfalls of Voluntourism

Volunteering in exotic places during vacation is a growing segment of the international travel market. But experts warn that meaning well can sometimes do more harm than good, particularly when children are involved. By Dan Archer more... Comment ]

'Paradise Lost' How To Help Our Oceans Before It's Too Late

'Paradise Lost': How To Help Our Oceans Before It's Too Late

In the past 50 years, Earth's oceans have been depleted and acidified to alarming degrees. Sylvia Earle, a longtime marine scientist, explains her plan to save at least a small part of them -- along with our planet. Interview Conducted By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Faraway, So Close! Earth-Like Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri

Faraway, So Close! Earth-Like Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri

European astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet that is orbiting Proxima Centauri, our nearest fixed star. It's possible it has water -- and, with it, life. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Losing Trust Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

In the wake of recent attacks, Germany's conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]