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SPIEGEL E-Book: 1914 - 2014. The Disturbing Relevance of World War I
  • Even a century after the outbreak of World War I, its consequences can still be felt. SPIEGEL explored this phenomenon in a recent series, using World War I as the starting point for observing conditions today in a number of the world's regions. These included the role of the United States as a superpower and global police force, the ongoing failure of peace efforts in the Middle East and the as yet unresolved ethnic divisions in the Balkans last manifested in the Bosnian War. In the 12 features, now compiled as an E-Book, SPIEGEL reporters describe the effects of the primal catastrophe of the 20th century that remain present today.
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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

October 10, 2014, 03:51 PM

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in Tel Aviv. Politicians back home are outraged by 25-year-old the expatriate's online campaign. By Raniah Salloum more...


Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

October 09, 2014, 06:35 PM

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

October 09, 2014, 02:20 PM

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. But 12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Missing Plane: Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

Missing Plane: Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation

October 09, 2014, 12:01 PM

Why is there still no trace of flight MH 370? In an interview, Sir Tim Clark, head of Emirates Airline, is sharply critical of the investigation thus far. He believes someone took control of the plane and maintained it until the very end. Interview Conducted by Andreas Spaeth more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

October 08, 2014, 05:34 PM

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

October 08, 2014, 01:54 PM

Islamic State's methods may be medieval, but the group's propaganda is second to none. The Islamists target their professionally produced videos at specific audiences -- sometimes to spread a specific message, sometimes merely to terrify. By Christoph Reuter, Raniah Salloum and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

October 07, 2014, 05:07 PM

Last year, approximately one thousand Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces, often for no reason. Advocates point to systemic abuse, including beatings and forced confessions, but the Israeli military remains steadfast. By Julia Amalia Heyer more...

Systemic Shame: Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

Systemic Shame: Germany's Woeful Asylum Infrastructure

October 06, 2014, 06:05 PM

Horrific images from a German asylum home have recently focused attention on the country's broken system for sheltering refugees. Political failures and climbing numbers have resulted in chaos -- and even the use of right-wing extremists as guards. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

October 06, 2014, 05:52 PM

Ever since Matteo Renzi became Italy's new prime minister, officials in Berlin and Brussels have had newfound belief that Italy's deep-seated economic problems are being tackled. But that won't happen until the country stops deceiving itself. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

Orange Social Design Competition: Help Us Pick the Winner!

Orange Social Design Competition: Help Us Pick the Winner!

October 05, 2014, 01:56 AM

A trash can as a basketball hoop, a free ride bench for senior citizens: Over 200 proposals to improve life in our cities have been submitted for the Orange Social Design Award -- and 10 of them have made the shortlist. SPIEGEL ONLINE readers can now vote for their favorite idea. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]