Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Greece and Europe

Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Greece and Europe

Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. Her inability to take unpopular stances badly exacerbated the Greek crisis. By Peter Müller and René Pfister more... Comment ]


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An Attack on Press Freedom SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence

An Attack on Press Freedom: SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence

Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government. It has now emerged that the US also conducted surveillance against SPIEGEL. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Operation 'Ochi' Zero Hour for Greece

Operation 'Ochi': Zero Hour for Greece

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has led his country into chaos. Divisions in Greek society are growing and Sunday's referendum may not be enough to pull the country back from the brink. By Julia Amalia Heyer, Katrin Kuntz and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]


The Baltic Front Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

The Baltic Front: Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

The Baltic states view themselves as being at the front lines in a new East-West conflict. But even with large Russian minority populations, its difficult to envision a Ukraine-style conflict taking shape in Lithania, Latvia or Estonia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Brzezinski on Russia 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Brzezinski on Russia: 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the West should stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. "We should make it more costly for the Russians to use force," he tells SPIEGEL ONLINE in an interview. An Interview by Sebastian Fischer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Muzzling the Media Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Relentless Terror The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

The Allure of the Islamic State Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

The Bill Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

The Bill: Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

Vast amounts of German money are at stake if Greece goes bankrupt -- with liabilities as high as €84 billion. Even though that figure is a large one, it would be paid over years and dangers to the Berlin budget are limited. By Florian Diekmann more... Comment ]

Opinion We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

The Greek crisis has destroyed an old dream about the future of Europe. The only possibility for moving the EU in the direction we were promised is a radical solution -- either a Grexit or an expensive debt haircut. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Confronting the Past America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Confronting the Past: America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Why is America only now having an honest debate about racism? The dead from Charleston are also the dead of a nation that has long refused to work through its past mistakes. A Commentary by Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Migration Crisis The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]