Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

Closing the Balkan Route: Will Greece Become a Refugee Bottleneck?

With EU officials considering border closures along the Balkan refugee route, Greece is worried that it will become overwhelmed by migrants. The EU has chastised Greece for not securing its external border, but failings can be found in Brussels too. By Giorgos Christides, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]




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Interview with Football Leaks 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

Interview with Football Leaks: 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

For months now, the whistleblower platform Football Leaks has been posting player contracts and other official documents from the world of international soccer on its website. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, "John" explains their motivations. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


The Hybrid War Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

The brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe. more... Comment ]


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

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

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 ]

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

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

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 ]

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'

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

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

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 ]

Lurching Right The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

Lurching Right: The Escalating Fight for Poland's Future

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 ]

Stemming the Flow Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

Stemming the Flow: Berlin Hunts for Back-Up Plan in Refugee Crisis 

Officially, the German government wants a Europe-wide solution to the Continent's mounting refugee problem. Behind the scenes, though, Berlin is searching for a Plan B to solve the crisis. Is the country moving closer to closing its borders? By Dietmar Hipp, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]