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SPIEGEL E-Book: 1914 - 2014. The Disturbing Relevance of World War I
  • Even a century after the outbreak of World War I, its consequences can still be felt. SPIEGEL explored this phenomenon in a recent series, using World War I as the starting point for observing conditions today in a number of the world's regions. These included the role of the United States as a superpower and global police force, the ongoing failure of peace efforts in the Middle East and the as yet unresolved ethnic divisions in the Balkans last manifested in the Bosnian War. In the 12 features, now compiled as an E-Book, SPIEGEL reporters describe the effects of the primal catastrophe of the 20th century that remain present today.
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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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The Grexit Dilemma: What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?

The Grexit Dilemma: What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?

February 20, 2015, 06:28 PM

Banks across Europe, including the European Central Bank, are preparing for the possibility of Greece leaving the euro zone. With Athens and Brussels still at odds, such an eventuality seems more realistic than ever. But how disruptive would a Grexit really be? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

February 16, 2015, 05:39 PM

In an interview, Israeli prime minister candidate Isaac Herzog says the country's people are "fed up" with Benjamin Netanyahu's "politics of fear." If elected, he says he wants to "reignite" the peace process and is prepared to negotiate with the Palestinians. Interview Conducted by Nicola Abé and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]


Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis: 'Austerity Has Done Nothing to Solve Greece's Problems'

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis: 'Austerity Has Done Nothing to Solve Greece's Problems'

February 16, 2015, 04:08 PM

Greek Finance Minister Giannis Varoufakis has had little luck convincing his EU counterparts that Athens needs a debt cut. He speaks with SPIEGEL about why austerity has failed, how aid conditions are like waterboarding and where the bailout money went. Interview by Thomas Hüetlin and Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Euro Poker: Greece and EU at Loggerheads Ahead of Monday Meeting

Euro Poker: Greece and EU at Loggerheads Ahead of Monday Meeting

February 16, 2015, 01:45 PM

Greece is insisting on the relaxation of conditions relating to emergency aid, but the euro zone no longer fears the consequences of a Grexit. Both sides are digging in ahead of Monday's finance minister meeting. By Martin Hesse, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

February 14, 2015, 04:30 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of hesitancy. But in Minsk this week, she committed herself to helping find a way to quiet the weapons in Ukraine. The result was a cease-fire. But it is fragile and may ultimately be disadvantageous for Ukraine. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

February 14, 2015, 12:50 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls for more decisive action against Moscow, including weapons deliveries to Kiev, to show Russia it will have a "higher price to pay" for its actions in Ukraine. Interview Conducted By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

February 13, 2015, 04:41 PM

Much is known about men leaving Germany to take up arms on behalf of Islamic State. Less has been reported about the flocks of women traveling to Syria to join the jihad. Experts view them as a growing terrorist threat. By Jörg Diehl, Hubert Gude, Barbara Schmid and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

February 13, 2015, 02:31 PM

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly. By Markus Becker in Munich more... Comment ]

Athens vs. Brussels: Greece Inches Closer to Renewal of Debt Crisis

Athens vs. Brussels: Greece Inches Closer to Renewal of Debt Crisis

February 10, 2015, 03:09 PM

The new government in Athens is intent on forcing Europe to change its approach to Greek debt -- thus far in vain. A confrontation is brewing, and both sides stand to lose. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Shrinking Merkel Down To Size: Berlin Faces Austerity Challenge in Brussels

Shrinking Merkel Down To Size: Berlin Faces Austerity Challenge in Brussels

February 10, 2015, 03:03 PM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is challenging Angela Merkel in her de facto role as the most powerful leader in Europe. The election of Greece's Alexis Tsipras may help him in his fight against rigid German austerity policies. By Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]