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Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

February 17, 2017, 06:07 PM

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

February 17, 2017, 06:06 PM

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

February 17, 2017, 01:01 PM

NATO is in danger and the West is losing its cohesion. Lessons of the past warn us to stand tall against those seeking to unravel a global security framework that has kept us safe since World War II. A Commentary By John Kasich, Governor of Ohio more... Comment ]


Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

February 17, 2017, 10:45 AM

The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

February 17, 2017, 10:27 AM

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]


Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

February 16, 2017, 04:21 PM

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

February 15, 2017, 04:14 PM

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

February 14, 2017, 03:48 PM

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

February 14, 2017, 12:39 PM

Britain's Daily Mail is infamous for spreading hatred and fear. The newspaper has become even more shrill following Brexit. Wikipedia banned use of the publication as a reference last week, but the decision is unlikely to change much. By Mark Rice-Oxley more... Comment ]


The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption

The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption

February 13, 2017, 02:13 PM

Romania finds itself gripped by the largest protests since 1989 as the country rallies against corruption. The pro-EU demonstrators are young, organize via social media and are targeting the country's political elite. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]