Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germany's role in the negotations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]



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Erdogan's Cynical Game Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Turkey's Demirtas 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

In a SPIEGEL interview, leading Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas calls for a cease-fire between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Interview Conducted By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


Office Beasts Venomous Employees a €10 Billion Problem in Germany

Office Beasts: Venomous Employees a €10 Billion Problem in Germany

They lie, they manipulate and they pick fights: Some colleagues are ruthless, especially when it comes to their own professional advancement. These toxic workers also create a €10 billion headache for German companies, a new book claims. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

The Dreadful Saviors Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

Earlier, fighters with the League of Righteous Shiite militia tortured and murdered. But now they intend to save Iraq from the Islamic State. Can it work? A trip to the front in the city of Baiji explains much about the current state of the war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Breaking a Taboo Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

Breaking a Taboo: Plans for Euro-Zone Tax Take Shape

After the Greek bailout disaster, Paris, Berlin and Brussels want to reform the euro zone by creating an economic government and a special tax for the currency area. German Finance Minister Schäuble is in favor, but Chancellor Merkel is skeptical. By Michael Sauga, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Testing the Limits How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle?

Testing the Limits: How Many Refugees Can Germany Handle? Photos

More Germans than ever before are at ease with themselves and their asylum-seekers. But this year the country is expecting to receive around 400,000 new refugees, a figure that raises the painful question: Can Germany's new welcoming culture handle it? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Mullah Omar Biographer 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

Mullah Omar Biographer: 'The World's Most Mysterious Political Leader'

Following reports of the death of Mullah Omar, the situation in Afghanistan is chaotic -- the peace process is on the fritz and the Taliban is divided. A Dutch journalist writing a biography of the Islamist leader says his role has been exaggerated. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

The Last European Romanian Driver Navigates the Soul of the EU

The Last European: Romanian Driver Navigates the Soul of the EU Photos

For the past decade, Viktor Talic has been driving a van across Europe, delivering people and goods. His 50-hour, nearly sleepless journey offers a disquieting, yet inspiring, glimpse into the Continent's soul. By Juan Moreno more... Comment ]