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Ex-Astronaut Talks Asteroids: 'It Is Only a Matter of Time Until a Big One Hits'

Ex-Astronaut Talks Asteroids: 'It Is Only a Matter of Time Until a Big One Hits'

December 01, 2016, 06:59 PM

European nations are currently deciding the future of an international program to prepare for the threat of asteroid impact. Former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart fears that a hit could wipe out intelligent life on Earth. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to him about his concerns. Interview Conducted by Christoph Seidler more... Comment ]


The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

December 01, 2016, 03:45 PM

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Fact-Check: Five Myths about Advancement in Germany

Fact-Check: Five Myths about Advancement in Germany

November 30, 2016, 06:32 PM

Children of immigrants fare worse in school? You have to go to college if you want to earn a lot of money? There are plenty of myths surrounding social advancement in Germany -- and many of them are out of step with reality. more...


Born without Arms and Legs: 'I'm Glad I Don't Need Any Shoes'

Born without Arms and Legs: 'I'm Glad I Don't Need Any Shoes'

November 30, 2016, 06:31 PM

Janis McDavid, 25, was born with no arms and legs. But he still goes to university, drives a car and travels the world. Today he is embarking on his career. How, though, does he do it? By Heike Klovert and Maria Feck (Video and Photos) more... Video | Comment ]

Actress Dayan Kodua: 'I Got Into Fights Pretty Often'

Actress Dayan Kodua: 'I Got Into Fights Pretty Often'

November 30, 2016, 06:21 PM

Originally from Ghana, Dayan Kodua was the first black Miss Schleswig-Holstein and has become a successful actress in Germany. But she still finds herself frequently confronted by stereotypes. How does she fight back? more... Video ]


Shattering the Glass Ceiling: A Woman Who Showed What's Possible

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: A Woman Who Showed What's Possible

November 30, 2016, 05:56 PM

Lore Marie Peschel-Gutzeit is one of Germany's best known female lawyers. At 84, she still works six days a week. She managed to break through just about every glass ceiling there was in law and politics on her way to the top. But at what cost? By Heike Klovert and Maria Feck (Video and Photos) more... Video | Comment ]

Taxi Driver: Finding Happiness in a Time of Need

Taxi Driver: Finding Happiness in a Time of Need

November 30, 2016, 05:47 PM

After a long illness, Christian Brüggmann, 56, sent out 150 applications in an attempt to return to his previous career in banking. He received 150 rejections. "Then I'll just drive a cab," he told himself -- and started down the road to happiness. By Heike Klovert and Maria Feck (Video and Photos) more... Video | Comment ]


Bullied by Teachers: 'You're Too Dumb for Math'

Bullied by Teachers: 'You're Too Dumb for Math'

November 30, 2016, 05:40 PM

As a schoolchild, Barbara Sengelhoff was often insulted and maltreated by her teachers and frequently cried on her way to school. Later, she became a teacher herself. It was a good decision. By Armin Himmelrath and Maria Feck (Video and Photos) more... Video | Comment ]

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

November 30, 2016, 11:29 AM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may be facing defeat in a game of high-stakes poker with the electorate. If the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum fails, there are dark clouds on the horizon for Europe's future. The country is in poor economic shape and financial markets are alarmed. By Martin Hesse, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

November 25, 2016, 06:11 PM

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

November 25, 2016, 06:01 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

November 25, 2016, 06:00 PM

Germany's current account surplus is higher than ever before and the country is concerned that it could become a target of US president-elect Donald Trump's ire as a result. Berlin is already making preparations for the possible conflict. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]