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    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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The Reckoning: Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

The Reckoning: Kohl Tapes Reveal a Man Full of Anger

October 14, 2014, 05:36 PM

Helmut Kohl spent over 600 hours speaking with the journalist Heribert Schwan about his life's work. The secret tapes reveal a chancellor resentful of his public image and disdainful of many of those around him, including Angela Merkel. By René Pfister more... Comment ]


Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

October 14, 2014, 01:49 PM

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget. By Horand Knaup and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

October 13, 2014, 07:44 PM

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US sacrificed its values and betrayed its civil rights. With a new Islamist threat brewing, Germany must avoid avoid making the same mistakes. Its democracy is strong enough to withstand the threat. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

October 13, 2014, 03:41 PM

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

October 10, 2014, 03:51 PM

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in Tel Aviv. Politicians back home are outraged by 25-year-old the expatriate's online campaign. By Raniah Salloum more...

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

October 09, 2014, 06:35 PM

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

October 09, 2014, 02:20 PM

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. But 12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Missing Plane: Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

Missing Plane: Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

October 09, 2014, 12:01 PM

Why is there still no trace of flight MH 370? In an interview, Sir Tim Clark, head of Emirates Airline, is sharply critical of the investigation thus far. He believes someone took control of the plane and maintained it until the very end. Interview Conducted by Andreas Spaeth more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

October 08, 2014, 05:34 PM

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

October 08, 2014, 01:54 PM

Islamic State's methods may be medieval, but the group's propaganda is second to none. The Islamists target their professionally produced videos at specific audiences -- sometimes to spread a specific message, sometimes merely to terrify. By Christoph Reuter, Raniah Salloum and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]