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'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote

'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote

August 27, 2014, 10:21 AM

Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype. By Christoph Scheuermann more...


Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

August 25, 2014, 11:16 AM

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]


Battle for Ukraine: An Inside View of the Surreal Donetsk War Zone

Battle for Ukraine: An Inside View of the Surreal Donetsk War Zone

August 19, 2014, 06:19 PM

As the Ukrainian army closes in on Donetsk, shelling in the metropolis has become much more frequent -- and deadly. Many residents have left, but those who remain seem unsure what to make of the conflict. Resignation is widespread. By Christian Neef in Donetsk more... Comment ]

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

August 13, 2014, 12:31 PM

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how the move will ultimately be judged. A trip through Crimea provides some answers. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

August 07, 2014, 10:24 AM

Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast. By Juan Moreno on the Camino de Santiago  more... Comment ]

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

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

July 30, 2014, 10:33 AM

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 ]

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

The Wake-Up Call: Europe Toughens Stance against Putin

July 28, 2014, 03:14 PM

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 Tromsų: Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

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

July 25, 2014, 04:17 PM

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 Tromsų, Norway spent years searching for a solution to that conundrum. Now that they have found one, new problems have arisen. By Dennis Betzholz  in Tromsų, 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

July 23, 2014, 05:30 PM

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

July 22, 2014, 12:01 PM

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 ]