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Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

Anti-Semitism in Germany: 'I Don't See Any Reason for Jews Here To Emigrate'

April 08, 2015, 02:47 PM

In an interview, the heads of Germany's Protestant and Jewish communities discuss Martin Luther's anti-Semitism, growing fears after the Paris attacks and whether Islam truly belongs to the country. more... Comment ]


'A Disgrace for Tröglitz': Refugee-Home Fire Spurs Xenophobia Fears

'A Disgrace for Tröglitz': Refugee-Home Fire Spurs Xenophobia Fears

April 07, 2015, 06:06 PM

An arson attack on a future refugee home in the German town of Tröglitz is only the latest indicator that anti-foreigner sentiment has spread too far in the country. The number of crimes directed at asylum-seekers has risen dramatically. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]


Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

April 03, 2015, 10:56 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discusses his disappointment over delayed American support in Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State and why it remains so difficult to prevail over the terrorist organization. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl in Baghdad more... Comment ]

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

April 03, 2015, 06:28 PM

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great. By Dieter Bednarz, Christoph Reuter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

April 03, 2015, 06:28 PM

People in the West tend to have a monolithic view of Iran. But there's a lot more to the country than the mullah-led theocracy, and it often gets ignored. And national pride is alive and well. An Essay by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

Tashkent's Shakespearean Drama: Scandal Shakes Uzbekistan's Ruling Family

April 03, 2015, 11:30 AM

Germany's closest ally in Central Asia is a brutal dictator. Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist for a quarter-century. Now, Shakespearean plotting within his own family is raising questions about who will succeed the 77-year-old leader. By Erich Follath in Tashkent, Uzbekistan more... Comment ]

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

April 01, 2015, 07:56 PM

An aim of IMI was to make the European pharmaceutical industry more competitive. But as the Combacte project shows, the real beneficiaries were often meant to be elsewhere. more...

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

April 01, 2015, 07:47 PM

IMI is hoping to bring together representatives of industry, small- and medium-sized businesses and academics -- but in doing so, it is alienating many universities in Europe. Mid-sized research institutes are also having a tough time. more...

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

April 01, 2015, 07:09 PM

Few IMI projects are more controversial: Patient representatives are schooled in EUPATI in order to better understand the development of medicines. But critics fear this could lead to prohibited influence. more...

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

April 01, 2015, 07:03 PM

IMI's research projects are intended to create the medicines that are most essential to mankind. But instead of following WHO's priorities, IMI often pursues the pharmaceutical industry's agenda. more...

The People Pay, Corporations Cash In: Problems Plague EU Medical Research Initiative

The People Pay, Corporations Cash In: Problems Plague EU Medical Research Initiative

April 01, 2015, 06:58 PM

The EU spends billions in subsidies on pharmaceutical research, with funds going to the Innovative Medicines Initiative, an alliance of corporations and universities with the aim of developing new drugs. Its record has been disastrous. more... Comment ]

Conflict 3: A Lack of Transparency

Conflict 3: A Lack of Transparency

April 01, 2015, 06:46 PM

It's a strange cycle. The European Court of Auditors examines where the European Commission funds go on the basis of IMI records. The results are also released --  but only to IMI. more...

Conflict 2: Inadequate Monitoring

Conflict 2: Inadequate Monitoring

April 01, 2015, 06:40 PM

The individual pharmaceutical companies that participate in IMI provide payments in kind instead of money. But whether and how they do this remains unclear to the public. So who actually monitors the industry? more...

Conflict 1: A Growing Gap Between Essential Medicines and Profitable Fields of Business

Conflict 1: A Growing Gap Between Essential Medicines and Profitable Fields of Business

April 01, 2015, 06:32 PM

With its showcase IMI project, the EU aimed to promote research and industry, but the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) took over the process of developing the network. more...