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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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Bhopal: The Unending Catastrophe

Bhopal: The Unending Catastrophe

December 09, 2014, 06:19 PM

Tens of thousands of people died in 1984 when a cloud of poisonous gas from a pesticide factory enveloped Bhopal. Survivors are still suffering today, as are their children and grandchildren. Birth defects are common and the environment remains badly polluted. A Multimedia Feature by  Simone Salden, Anne Backhaus and Chris Kurt   more...


America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

December 04, 2014, 06:25 PM

The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. more...


Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine

Opinion: Stop Talking about NATO Membership for Ukraine

December 02, 2014, 12:44 PM

The president of Ukraine is talking up the idea of a national referendum to join NATO, an idea that the military alliance's chief has openly supported. But such a debate is dangerous -- because it divides member states and provides Putin with powerful ammunition. A Commentary by Christoph Schult in Brussels more... Comment ]

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

December 01, 2014, 06:11 PM

Greece wants to shed the shackles of the troika, but it still hasn't fulfilled the requirements to do so. Despite this, Athens' European partners want to provide additional aid to ensure that the Greek patient makes a complete fiscal and economic recovery. By Christoph Pauly, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

Speed Science: The Global Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine

November 28, 2014, 04:28 PM

Medical researchers are frantically testing new drugs and vaccines in the hope of slowing down the Ebola epidemic. Thus far, results have been promising. It may only be a matter of weeks before the first patients in West Africa can be treated. By Veronika Hackenbroch, Markus Grill and Katrin Elger more... Comment ]

The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

November 28, 2014, 11:30 AM

More than 150,000 refugees have landed this year on the Italian coastline, most of them hoping to continue north. As the EU struggles to find an answer, human traffickers are raking in billions. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

November 26, 2014, 02:27 PM

With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. The former Polish leader could become a key voice in the crisis with Russia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

November 26, 2014, 11:43 AM

Every day, children from the Salaheddin district of Aleppo meet at the local playground. They play war as the real one rages just a few meters away. But the graves are slowly encroaching. By Christoph Reuter in Aleppo, Syria more... Comment ]

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

November 25, 2014, 05:49 PM

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

November 25, 2014, 12:34 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]