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Elgin Leak Points to Drilling Risks: Perils and Price Rise in Hunt for Natural Gas

Elgin Leak Points to Drilling Risks: Perils and Price Rise in Hunt for Natural Gas

April 02, 2012, 06:18 PM

The Elgin natural gas drilling operation was highly dangerous but fruitful -- until it sprung an unexpected leak that nearly caused an environmental disaster. The out-of-control situation highlights increasingly risky "extreme drilling" efforts to extract the valuable fuel from deep below the North Sea. By Marco Evers more...


Big Brother in Baku: Azerbaijan Flouts Free Press on Eve of Eurovision

Big Brother in Baku: Azerbaijan Flouts Free Press on Eve of Eurovision

April 02, 2012, 06:00 PM

They are frequently harassed, sometimes beaten and even filmed while having sex: The risks to journalists in Azerbaijan are many. Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest, the authoritarian government in Baku has shown no signs of relenting. The country's opposition says foreign journalists should beware. By Annette Langer  in Baku, Azerbaijan more... Comment ]


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Picture This: Fired Up

April 02, 2012, 05:52 PM

A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

April 02, 2012, 03:59 PM

Drivers may hate rising gas prices, but some companies are delighted as they watch the oil price soar. Firms like BMW and Airbus which are leaders in fuel efficiency actually benefit from expensive oil. They are just two of a growing number of companies that are already developing technologies for a post-fossil-fuel world. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Switzerland Has a Lot of Explaining to Do'

The World from Berlin: 'Switzerland Has a Lot of Explaining to Do'

April 02, 2012, 03:20 PM

Swiss arrest warrants issued over the weekend for German tax inspectors have sparked heated debate in Berlin over the ongoing tax evasion conflict with Bern. German commentators on Monday discuss how renewed tensions could endanger a preventative deal between the two nations. more...

Kiev-Berlin Negotiations: Ukraine May Release Tymoshenko for Care in Germany

Kiev-Berlin Negotiations: Ukraine May Release Tymoshenko for Care in Germany

April 02, 2012, 12:50 PM

Ukraine may be prepared to release Yulia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former prime minister, for urgently needed medical care in Berlin. The country's current president, Viktor Yanukovych, is interested in defusing international pressure, but some in his party are refusing to back down. more...

Germany Seeks Stricter Budget Monitoring: Berlin Wants Panels to Check EU Fiscal Discipline

Germany Seeks Stricter Budget Monitoring: Berlin Wants Panels to Check EU Fiscal Discipline

April 02, 2012, 12:38 PM

The German government has long argued that strict fiscal discipline is the only way out of the euro crisis. Now, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has come up with a new idea for keeping countries on the path of virtue. He wants independent panels of academics to keep a close eye on states' budgets. more... Comment ]

Opposition Party Warning: EU Fiscal Pact May Breach German Constitution

Opposition Party Warning: EU Fiscal Pact May Breach German Constitution

April 02, 2012, 12:36 PM

Germany's opposition Left Party says the fiscal pact agreed by 25 of the EU's 27 members may breach the constitution because -- the party argues -- it can never be rescinded. Legal experts are divided. But Germany's top court may be called on to settle the issue, and to rule on Europe's future yet again. By Thomas Darnstädt more...

US Holocaust Legislation: German National Railway Fears Flood of Lawsuits

US Holocaust Legislation: German National Railway Fears Flood of Lawsuits

April 02, 2012, 12:36 PM

Germany's national railway, Deutsche Bahn, has hired a law firm and PR agency in the United States to prepare for legislation being considered by Congress that would allow Holocaust survivors to sue European railway companies for damages in American courts. Deutsche Bahn fears victims could sue for millions if the legislation passes. more... Comment ]

Having a Say: Bundestag's Rights Could Threaten Euro Rescue

Having a Say: Bundestag's Rights Could Threaten Euro Rescue

April 02, 2012, 09:03 AM

The German parliament has secured far-reaching rights to decide on the actions of the euro rescue fund. But several German politicians are warning that the Bundestag's determination to have its say could threaten efforts to save the euro, by hindering the fund's ability to act quickly. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Berlin's Forgotten Half: Excavations Shed Light on History of Cölln

Berlin's Forgotten Half: Excavations Shed Light on History of Cölln

March 30, 2012, 06:19 PM

Centuries ago, a settlement named Cölln formed the core of what is now the German capital. However, it was subsequently subsumed by the growing city of Berlin and disappeared without a trace. Spectacular finds are now helping archaeologists reconstruct the history of the village and its inhabitants. By Frank Thadeusz more...

Foreign Fighters Join Syrian Rebels: Jihadists Declare Holy War Against Assad Regime

Foreign Fighters Join Syrian Rebels: Jihadists Declare Holy War Against Assad Regime

March 30, 2012, 06:08 PM

Abu Rami hails from Lebanon, but his heart is in Syria these days. The 40-year-old is one of hundreds of Arabs who are fighting against the Assad regime at the side of Syrian insurgents. Many of these volunteer fighters are veterans of the Iraq war, who have now brought their holy war to Syria. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut more... Comment ]

First Contacts with Hollande Camp: Merkel Braces for Possible Sarkozy Election Defeat

First Contacts with Hollande Camp: Merkel Braces for Possible Sarkozy Election Defeat

March 30, 2012, 06:08 PM

Angela Merkel initially refused to receive French presidential candidate François Hollande when he offered a meeting recently. But as his victory against Nicolas Sarkozy seems more likely, the German Chancellery has made its first contacts with the Socialist Party politician's camp. After all, Berlin and Paris must stick together. By Florian Gathmann and Stefan Simons more...

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Picture This: Egg-Stasy

March 30, 2012, 05:40 PM

Germany's Best-Loved Cowboy: The Fantastical World of Cult Novelist Karl May

Germany's Best-Loved Cowboy: The Fantastical World of Cult Novelist Karl May

March 30, 2012, 04:37 PM

Karl May, who died 100 years ago, was an impostor, a liar and a thief -- and one of Germany's most widely read authors. He embellished his own biography with as much fantasy as the scenarios in his adventure novels, and when the deceit was finally exposed, he never recovered. But his legend lives on. By Jan Fleischhauer more...

Even Cuter? Knut's New Half-Sister Makes Public Debut

Even Cuter? Knut's New Half-Sister Makes Public Debut

March 30, 2012, 03:48 PM

A polar bear cub who shares the same father as late Berlin celebrity Knut made her debut this week at the Wuppertal Zoo. But unlike her half-brother, wee Anori has not been abandoned by her mother. The cuddly pair delighted visitors with a romp around their enclosure, and zoo officials are optimistic about her future. more...

The Price of Cool: Berlin's Struggling Artists Demand Share of the Pie

The Price of Cool: Berlin's Struggling Artists Demand Share of the Pie

March 30, 2012, 03:27 PM

With almost a billion euros in annual arts subsidies, Berlin has transformed itself into one of the world's major meccas for the arts. But tight budgets and a shrinking number of alternative venues have pitted established institutions against the avant-garde and threaten the city's lucrative status as Europe's self-proclaimed "art capital." By Tobias Rapp more...

The World from Berlin: 'Even a 1-Trillion Euro Firewall Wouldn't Be Enough'

The World from Berlin: 'Even a 1-Trillion Euro Firewall Wouldn't Be Enough'

March 30, 2012, 03:09 PM

European finance ministers meeting in Copenhagen on Friday agreed to boost the euro-zone firewall to over 800 billion euros. The move marks another U-turn on the part of the Merkel administration, which recently dropped its opposition to increasing the fund. German commentators warn that even the new firewall may still be too small. more... Comment ]

Nein To 'Nuclear Option': Germany Opposes French Call for Trillion-Euro Bailout Fund

Nein To 'Nuclear Option': Germany Opposes French Call for Trillion-Euro Bailout Fund

March 30, 2012, 11:24 AM

Ahead of a meeting of euro-zone finance ministers in Copenhagen Friday, France has called for the size of the permanent euro bailout fund to be increased to 1 trillion euros, echoing a previous call by the OECD. Although Germany said it would agree to an increase in the fund earlier this week, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble says a trillion goes too far. more...