Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]


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SPIEGEL Interview with Slavoj Zizek 'The Greatest Threat to Europe Is Its Inertia'

SPIEGEL Interview with Slavoj Zizek: 'The Greatest Threat to Europe Is Its Inertia'

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of Europe's boldest intellectuals and also a self-avowed leftist. In a new work, he argues Europe shouldn't be overly tolerant towards Islamism and that the Continent needs a 'leading culture' of Enlightenment. Interview Conducted by Romain Leick more... Comment ]


Fortress of Nationalism Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Opinion A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Iran cannot be a trusted partner with its support for terrorists, a dire human rights record and it's denial of Israel's right to exist. But demonizing the country is not a viable policy. It's time for the West to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran. By Omid Nouripour more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese 'Satire Makes People Think'

SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese: 'Satire Makes People Think'

In an interview, British comedian John Cleese talks about his time as a comedian with Monty Python, the permissability of Muslim satire -- it is -- his longtime fascination for Germany and its language and a third marriage he wishes never happened. Interview by Christoph Scheuermann and Barbara Supp more... Comment ]

Descent to Oblivion The Death Wish of a Germanwings Co-Pilot

Descent to Oblivion: The Death Wish of a Germanwings Co-Pilot

The flight was routine, but it ended in disaster. On Tuesday, a Germanwings co-pilot apparently intentionally flew Flight 4U9525 into the ground, killing 149 people and himself. It is unlikely we will even know why he did. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Back from the Brink Spain Emerges as Model for Europe

Back from the Brink: Spain Emerges as Model for Europe

After years of being one of Europe's shakiest economies, Spain has managed to institute strict reforms and bring back economic growth. But job numbers and research funding lag behind -- and the country's greatest challenge may be a political one. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Caliphate Under Pressure Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, however, are likely premature. By Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Tragic End to Spain Trip School Group Perishes in Germanwings Crash

Tragic End to Spain Trip: School Group Perishes in Germanwings Crash

Sixteen students and two teachers from a town in Germany were among those who perished in the Germanwings crash in southern France on Tuesday. Family and friends mourned their loss in Haltern am See and Düsseldorf. By Jörg Diehl in Haltern am See and Düsseldorf more... Comment ]

'The Fourth Reich' What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant. Are they fair? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo won the World Press Photo Award in February, but it was revoked in March. The city he portrayed, Charleroi in Belgium, complained that his photos were more fiction than reality. Where should the line be drawn? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Nazi Extortion Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. By Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Russian Far-Right Idol The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

Russian Far-Right Idol: The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

Strelkov claims to have convinced Russian President Putin to start the war in eastern Ukraine. The right winger is seen as a hero by the Russia's extremist fringe. And he is continuing the fight to return his country to its past glory. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]