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 ]





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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 ]

An International Disaster Trump Has Shown His True Side, It's Time To Act

An International Disaster: Trump Has Shown His True Side, It's Time To Act

Donald Trump's candidacy started as a joke. Fed by the media and opportunistic politicians, he's become a threat to the US political system and even world peace. Now it's time to treat him as such. A Commentary By Marc Pitzke 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 ]

One Helluva Fella The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

One Helluva Fella: The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

Impaled heads and burning bodies: Hieronymus Bosch, the great Dutch painter whose images depicted the horrors and terror of the past, present and future, died 500 years ago. In the era of Abu Ghraib and Islamic State, his work feels as contemporary as ever. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Narcissist and Agitator Donald Trump Is One of the Greatest Threats of Our Time

Narcissist and Agitator: Donald Trump Is One of the Greatest Threats of Our Time

During his campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly flirted with violence. Crude political notions aside, he lacks the character to become president of the United States and represents a true danger to the entire world. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Expert on MH370 Disappearance 'There Is Absolutely No Mystery To What Happened'

Expert on MH370 Disappearance: 'There Is Absolutely No Mystery To What Happened'

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared from radar screens just over two years ago. Now veteran flight-accident investigator Larry Vance believes he knows what happened. He believes one of the pilots hijacked the aircraft. Interview Conducted by Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Therapy and Prevention The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

Therapy and Prevention: The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

The recent spate of deadly attacks in Germany have highlighted the need to intervene with angry young men before they turn to extremism or violence. But the country has a lot of catching up to do -- and the work can be controversial. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]