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Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

May 18, 2016, 07:52 PM

Austria's mainstream parties long believed they could keep the far right under control. On Sunday, though, a right-wing populist could become the country's president. What went wrong? The answer has implications for all of Europe. By Hasnain Kazim, Katrin Kuntz, Walter Mayr and Barbara Supp more... Comment ]


Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

May 18, 2016, 01:32 PM

Infant and maternal mortality rates in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world. A pair of German siblings wants to support midwives in the country in the form of an app. Villages may be without electricity, but the mobile grid is strong and lives could be saved. By Heike Le Ker more... Comment ]


Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

May 18, 2016, 10:55 AM

Democracy reflects the will of the people. But what if the will of the people threatens democracy? With the right wing on the rise, there is only one appropriate approach. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

May 17, 2016, 04:17 PM

Is America capable of preventing Donald Trump from coming to power? Although the candidate is himself no fascist, his campaign has certainly shown plenty of parallels. An Essay By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Global Migration? Actually, The World Is Staying Home

Global Migration? Actually, The World Is Staying Home

May 17, 2016, 03:04 PM

The refugee debate creates the impression of unprecedented mass migration. That image is completely incorrect. The real question, when we look at migration globally, is why there is so little of it. By Guido Mingels more... Comment ]

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

May 13, 2016, 06:02 PM

In an effort to help keep refugees from Africa at bay, the EU is planning to deliver personal registration equipment to Sudan, whose president is wanted on war crimes charges. Germany is leading the way. By Jürgen Dahlkamp and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

Refugee Wrangling: Merkel's Deal with Turkey in Danger of Collapse

May 13, 2016, 06:02 PM

The conflict between Europe and Ankara over visa freedoms for Turkish citizens is escalating and Chancellor Merkel's refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Neither side is willing to back down. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Changing the System: An Outsider Takes on Political Corruption in Ukraine

Changing the System: An Outsider Takes on Political Corruption in Ukraine

May 12, 2016, 07:13 PM

Ukraine's most popular politician lives far away from the country's capital. The mayor of Lviv is admired for his pragmatic approach to politics and for his refusal to do the president's bidding. Many believe he could soon bring his leadership style to Kiev. By Christian Neef in Lviv more... Comment ]

'Death Awaits': Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

'Death Awaits': Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

May 11, 2016, 04:56 PM

The worst drought in half a century has stricken large parts of Africa -- a consequence of El Niño and high population growth. More than 50 million people are threatened by hunger and few countries have been hit as hard as Ethiopia. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

'I Can Hardly Breathe Here': German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

'I Can Hardly Breathe Here': German Refugee Shelters Face Sexual Assault Problem

May 11, 2016, 04:49 PM

Cases of sexual assault in German refugee shelters are on the rise, with women and children facing the greatest danger. Despite pleas for help from the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has done little to offer additional protections. By Riham Alkousaa, Julia Klaus, Ann-Katrin Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]