NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Germany's Acute Nursing Shortage: My Nurse Named Mohamed

Germany's Acute Nursing Shortage My Nurse Named Mohamed

German retirement homes are having trouble finding geriatric nurses. To resolve the problem, they're looking for help from abroad, recently expanding that search to Africa. Is it a good strategy? And for whom? By Christoph Titz more...


'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

'69 People on My 69th Birthday' Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

Fast Food Nation: Street Vendors Take on Multinationals To Fight India's Food Crisis

Fast Food Nation Street Vendors Take on Multinationals To Fight India's Food Crisis

Food multinationals are quickly squeezing out traditional nutritious cooking in India, bringing in fast foods that are literally making people sick. Street vendors, day laborers as well as the rich and well-educated are fighting to save the country's cuisine. By Heike Le Ker (Text) and Maria Feck (Videos and Photos) By Heike Le Ker and Maria Feck more...


NSU Network The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial

The right-wing extremist terror cell known as the National Socialist Underground ultimately murdered 10 people. The trial ended last week, but plenty of questions remain about the group's numerous accomplices. By Maik Baumgärtner more... Comment ]

Friendly Fire Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO

Germany used to be one of Washington's closest allies. But Donald Trump has singled the country out as his favorite target for criticism. The U.S. president continued to pursue that obsession this week, and came close to destroying NATO in the process. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

Interview with Madeleine Albright 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 81, is concerned about the possibility of a new rise of fascism in the world. But she remains confident in the strength of liberal democracy and its institutions. Interview by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Hamburg Refugee Helper: 'Integration Cannot Succeed Like This'

Hamburg Refugee Helper 'Integration Cannot Succeed Like This'

Christine Simon-Noll is active helping refugees in Hamburg's HafenCity neighborhood. She says it is getting much tougher to find volunteers. In an interview, she outlines what needs to happen in order to ensure successful integration. Interview Conducted by Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]


Criticism of Israel or Blatant Anti-Semitism? BDS Movement Sets Sights on German Cultural Festivals

Criticism of Israel or Blatant Anti-Semitism? BDS Movement Sets Sights on German Cultural Festivals

The Middle East conflict has arrived in Germany in the form of boycotts against German cultural festivals. The development raises the question of where the line is crossed between criticizing Israel as a state and anti-Semitism. By Tobias Becker, Andreas Borcholte, Georg Diez and Jurek Skrobala more...

Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

Two Minutes of Happiness A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail

Majid Diallo set off for Europe carrying the expectations of his friends, family and village. But he didn't make it. His story is one of struggle, imprisonment, several brushes with death -- and an excruciating return home. By Fritz Schaap and Sascha Montag (Photos) more... Comment ]