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EU Border Office Chief on Refugee Crisis: 'We Should Have No Illusions'

EU Border Office Chief on Refugee Crisis: 'We Should Have No Illusions'

February 03, 2016, 12:28 PM

As head of the EU border agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri has one of the hardest jobs in Europe. Tasked with protecting the external borders of the Schengen area, he is keenly aware of just how fragile the zone has become as a result of the refugee crisis. Interview Conducted By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


America's Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World's Most Dangerous Man

America's Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World's Most Dangerous Man

February 01, 2016, 08:13 PM

Donald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush's America would seem like a place of logic and reason in comparison. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Veit Medick and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Unintended Consequences: Merkel's Reliance on Turkey Makes Life Worse for Refugees

Unintended Consequences: Merkel's Reliance on Turkey Makes Life Worse for Refugees

January 31, 2016, 09:26 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Turkey to help reduce the number of refugees coming to Europe. But instead of closing its Aegean coast to migrant smugglers, Ankara shut its border with Syria, making it difficult for those threatened by the war to leave. By Peter Müller, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: 'We Will Not Commit Suicide'

Israeli Justice Minister Shaked: 'We Will Not Commit Suicide'

January 30, 2016, 12:45 PM

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is a hardliner in an Israeli government that already veers sharply to the right. She views the conflict with the Palestinians as being unsolvable and emphasizes "Jewish values" as much as law and democracy. Interview Conducted By Nicola Abé and Ronen Bergman more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis: 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

January 29, 2016, 09:51 PM

In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 62, warns that the government in Berlin only has a few weeks left to solve the refugee problem. He fears that Europe's open-border policies may soon end if a solution isn't found. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

Greek Registration Centers: Why Refugee 'Hotspots' Aren't Working

January 29, 2016, 07:45 PM

The construction of registration centers for migrants in Greece was meant to stem the tide of people into Europe. But so far only one exists on the island of Lesbos -- and it's not making much of a dent. By Giorgos Christides in Mytilene, Greece more... Comment ]

Viewing an Old World with Fresh Eyes: A Visit with Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul

Viewing an Old World with Fresh Eyes: A Visit with Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul

January 29, 2016, 06:35 PM

Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel-prize winning author, talks about the success of his latest book, "A Strangeness in My Mind," the "crippled" state of Turkish politics and the January terrorist attack in Istanbul, which he could hear from his apartment. By Volker Weidermann more... Comment ]

Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

Sexism and Islam: 'Where I'm From, This is Handled By Men'

January 28, 2016, 06:47 PM

The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Cologne have led to a new discussion within Germany about the treatment of women in Islamic societies. The issue has become central to the country's heated refugee debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

January 27, 2016, 04:25 PM

The new government in Warsaw is transforming Poland into a nationalist, anti-Western and arch-Catholic country. Now, though, a protest movement is forming, made up of leftist activists, journalists and even a former prime minister. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

The Isolated Chancellor: What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

January 25, 2016, 06:07 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now? By Markus Feldenkirchen and René Pfister more... Comment ]