Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Spotlight on Schulz Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

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 ]


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

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

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'

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 ]


Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

Division and Fear The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

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

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 ]


The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

The Greater Evil France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

Opinion It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

Propaganda spreads faster on social media than serious information and we've just experienced what an election looks like in the post-factual world. The European Union should launch its own broadcasting channel to counter the lies, draw Europe together and defend democracy. By Jakob von Weizsäcker and André Wilkens more... Comment ]


St. Petersburg: Russia's City of Rebels

St. Petersburg Russia's City of Rebels

St. Petersburg is a place of protest against power -- and the only major Russian city in which the opposition still has a voice. Why? By Christian Neef in St. Petersburg more... Comment ]