Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

Rubble and Delusion A Journey Through Assad's Syria

With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state. By Fritz Schaap (Text) and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

History Repeating The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

NATO is in danger and the West is losing its cohesion. Lessons of the past warn us to stand tall against those seeking to unravel a global security framework that has kept us safe since World War II. A Commentary By John Kasich, Governor of Ohio more... Comment ]

Battling for Hearts and Minds Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Schulz versus Merkel The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]