Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

Europe's Ground Zero: Fairy Tales and Fabrications in Eastern Ukraine

There's an eerie silence at the MH 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, even as a civil war and propaganda battles rage around it. Few here seem concerned that the investigation into the tragedy could influence future ties with Europe. By Christian Neef in Grabovo, Ukraine more... Comment ]




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The Wake-Up Call Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

It took the shooting down of a Boeing jet carrying almost 300 people before the EU agreed on the first true economic sanctions against Russia. The Americans want further action, but it is impossible to know if punitive measures can sway Vladimir Putin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Muslims of Tromsø Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

The Muslims of Tromsø: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

During Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun goes down. But what if you live in a place where there is no sunset? The believers in Tromsø, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen. By Dennis Betzholz  in Tromsø, Norway more... Comment ]

A Tour of France Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

US Loses Patience with Europe Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Opinion Watch Out for Little Green Men

Opinion: Watch Out for Little Green Men

When Moscow-backed troops appeared in Crimea earlier this year, the media dubbed them the "Little Green Men." Now NATO members should ask themselves how they will respond if the soldiers begin appearing in Estonia and Latvia too. By Steve Pifer more... Comment ]

Yearning for Change Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she lacks extensive experience, but is full of confidence. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Russian Riddle EU Can't Agree on a Natural Gas Strategy

Russian Riddle: EU Can't Agree on a Natural Gas Strategy

European leaders agree that the Ukraine crisis has made natural gas supplies from Russia precarious. Yet they are divided over what to do about it. Poland wants a new European energy union, but others seem to be in no hurry. By Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Ukraine Cossacks Thought To Be Behind Observer Kidnappings

Ukraine: Cossacks Thought To Be Behind Observer Kidnappings

Western diplomats believe that leading Cossacks could be behind the abduction of two teams of OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine, SPIEGEL has learned. A leading Cossack in the Russian parliament could have the power to free them. more... Comment ]

Spending Spree Anger with Greek Shipowners on the Rise

Spending Spree: Anger with Greek Shipowners on the Rise

The Greek economy continues to suffer, but the country's shipowners are spending as though there were no crisis. Once popular, Greece's shipping companies are now widely reviled. By Manfred Ertel more... Comment ]

Commission Crusade Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

Commission Crusade: Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

British Prime Minister David Cameron is determined not to let Jean-Claude Juncker become president of the European Commission. But he is increasingly isolated. He might face his Waterloo as early as next week. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]