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Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

November 19, 2014, 04:12 PM

In an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social media strategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

November 18, 2014, 07:20 PM

Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance. By Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

November 18, 2014, 06:36 PM

Corporations pay low taxes in Luxembourg. As prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker carried partial blame for this policy. Politicians in Brussels have maneuvered to save him from the scandal, but the case has cast light on Europe's tax-dumping problem. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

November 17, 2014, 05:41 PM

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

November 13, 2014, 05:47 PM

Henry Kissinger is the most famous and most divisive secretary of state the US has ever had. In an interview, he discusses his new book exploring the crises of our time, from Syria to Ukraine, and the limits of American power. He says he acted in accordance with his convictions in Vietnam. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

November 13, 2014, 04:25 PM

The Tofeq family has been at war almost constantly since the late 1950s, with grandfather Khorshid, his son Dedewan and his grandson Zyran all having become Peshmerga fighters. All three generations are now battling a new enemy: Islamic State. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

November 12, 2014, 02:52 PM

Hilary Mantel's historical novels are celebrated in Britain, but her critiques of the establishment are widely feared. In a SPIEGEL interview, she says her country is retreating into insularity and to attitudes prevalent in Victorian times. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

World Cup 2022: Confusion Surrounds Blatter Comments on Qatar

World Cup 2022: Confusion Surrounds Blatter Comments on Qatar

November 11, 2014, 05:24 PM

Sources allege that FIFA President Joseph Blatter, at a dinner in Oslo, questioned whether Qatar would ultimately host the 2022 World Cup as planned. But did he? By Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

November 11, 2014, 05:21 PM

On Wednesday, astronomers with the European Space Agency will attempt a maneuver that has never been tried before. A probe from the spacecraft Rosetta is to land on a comet some 500 million kilometers away. The mission could teach us about life on Earth. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Democratic Deficit: It's Time to Put Juncker on the Hot Seat

Democratic Deficit: It's Time to Put Juncker on the Hot Seat

November 10, 2014, 05:46 PM

Can the European Commission be led by a man who transformed his own country into a tax oasis? The debate is long overdue and Jean-Claude Juncker can no longer afford to shirk the question. more... Comment ]

Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

Mr. Europe? The Ghosts of Juncker's Past Come Back to Haunt Him

November 10, 2014, 05:34 PM

He only recently took office as European Commission president, but now, Jean-Claude Juncker is under pressure due to potentially illegal tax deals forged in Luxembourg during his stint as the country's prime minister. Some believe he may have to resign. By Nikolaus Blome, Christoph Pauly, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Iranian Nuclear Negotiator: 'We Can't Just Turn Back the Clock'

Iranian Nuclear Negotiator: 'We Can't Just Turn Back the Clock'

November 10, 2014, 11:56 AM

Time is running out on the Nov. 24 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West. In an interview, leading Tehran diplomat Takht Ravanchi expresses skepticism over the outcome of talks. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]