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Opinion: Europe Should Protect People, Not Borders

Opinion: Europe Should Protect People, Not Borders

April 20, 2015, 05:43 PM

The mass deaths of refugees like those seen this weekend on the European Union's external borders is not a consequence of politicians looking away. We are in fact causing the problem with our Fortress Europe policies. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


German Asylum: Attacks on Refugee Hostels a Growing Problem

German Asylum: Attacks on Refugee Hostels a Growing Problem

April 11, 2015, 03:56 PM

The recent arson attack against a refugee hostel in Tröglitz has made headlines around the world. But it is far from the exception in Germany. Even as most asylum-seekers in the country are left in peace, there has been a disturbing rise in anti-refugee violence. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

April 10, 2015, 06:35 PM

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

April 10, 2015, 10:18 AM

Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shortage of residential housing. A sharp increase in tourism and the popularity of renting private apartments is exacerbating a serious problem. By Ann-Kathrin Nezik in Berlin more... Comment ]

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

April 09, 2015, 12:00 PM

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus into a success story. The multinational firm now has a controversial plan to acquire the whole facility and put it on track to join the ranks of Hamburg and Rotterdam. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

April 08, 2015, 02:47 PM

In an interview, the heads of Germany's Protestant and Jewish communities discuss Martin Luther's anti-Semitism, growing fears after the Paris attacks and whether Islam truly belongs to the country. more... Comment ]

'A Disgrace for Tröglitz': Refugee-Home Fire Spurs Xenophobia Fears

'A Disgrace for Tröglitz': Refugee-Home Fire Spurs Xenophobia Fears

April 07, 2015, 06:06 PM

An arson attack on a future refugee home in the German town of Tröglitz is only the latest indicator that anti-foreigner sentiment has spread too far in the country. The number of crimes directed at asylum-seekers has risen dramatically. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

April 03, 2015, 10:56 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discusses his disappointment over delayed American support in Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State and why it remains so difficult to prevail over the terrorist organization. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl in Baghdad more... Comment ]

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

April 03, 2015, 06:28 PM

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great. By Dieter Bednarz, Christoph Reuter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

April 03, 2015, 06:28 PM

People in the West tend to have a monolithic view of Iran. But there's a lot more to the country than the mullah-led theocracy, and it often gets ignored. And national pride is alive and well. An Essay by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

April 03, 2015, 11:30 AM

Germany's closest ally in Central Asia is a brutal dictator. Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist for a quarter-century. Now, Shakespearean plotting within his own family is raising questions about who will succeed the 77-year-old leader. By Erich Follath in Tashkent, Uzbekistan more... Comment ]