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Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

June 29, 2015, 06:28 PM

Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]


The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

June 26, 2015, 06:19 PM

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]


Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

June 23, 2015, 11:58 AM

A growing number of women in Saudi Arabia are joining the workforce and chipping away at discriminations enshrined in its laws. But they face conservative opposition and -- even now -- a ban on driving. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

June 19, 2015, 06:35 PM

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker remains committed to preventing a Grexit. But he tells SPIEGEL that his patience is wearing thin: "I don't believe the Greek government's response has been sufficient." Interview conducted by Peter Müller, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

June 19, 2015, 06:34 PM

Washington is once again talking about stationing nuclear warheads in Europe. Russia, too, is turning up the rhetoric. Europeans are concerned about becoming caught in the middle of a new Cold War. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

New ESA Head Wörner: 'We Could Build All Kinds of Things with Moon Concrete'

New ESA Head Wörner: 'We Could Build All Kinds of Things with Moon Concrete'

June 19, 2015, 04:36 PM

On July 1, Johann-Dietrich Wörner will become the new general director of the European Space Agency. SPIEGEL speaks with him about his dream of building a colony on the moon and the difficulties of traveling to Mars. Interview Conducted by Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

The New Kingdom: Saudi Arabia's Contradictory Transformation

June 19, 2015, 10:46 AM

During his reign, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has created a new leadership role for Saudi Arabia. But his changes are filled with contradictions -- and may only make the region more unstable. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Interview with Thomas Bach: 'We Can Only Provide Inspiration'

Interview with Thomas Bach: 'We Can Only Provide Inspiration'

June 16, 2015, 04:48 PM

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committe, talks to SPIEGEL about anti-gay laws, Hamburg's 2024 bid and the association's limited responsibility for human rights. Interview conducted by Lukas Eberle and Maik Großekathöfer more... Comment ]

Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

June 15, 2015, 06:01 PM

A new consensus is emerging that bans on cannabis are counterproductive. Across the world, countries are legalizing its use for pleasure and medical treatment -- but Germany still lags behind. By Marco Evers and Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance Minister Mulls Taking on Merkel

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance Minister Mulls Taking on Merkel

June 12, 2015, 05:55 PM

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens. But will he dare to dig in his heels and defy Merkel? By Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Hope for Democracy: A Personal View of the Turkish Elections

Hope for Democracy: A Personal View of the Turkish Elections

June 12, 2015, 05:55 PM

Growing up, I was never particularly interested in Turkish politics. But Gezi Park changed my view of the country of my forefathers. Last Sunday's election made me proud. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Interview with Jeb Bush: 'I Admire the Fact that Germany Is On the Right Path'

Interview with Jeb Bush: 'I Admire the Fact that Germany Is On the Right Path'

June 12, 2015, 05:55 PM

Presumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke briefly with SPIEGEL about Greece, Germany's finances and the need to supply weapons to Ukraine. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]