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International: Europe archive

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options

March 31, 2014, 03:29 PM

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

March 20, 2014, 05:59 PM

Werner Christukat, 89, has been indicted for participating in the 1944 massacre perpetrated by the SS in Oradour-sur-Glane. He says he wasn't directly involved. Seventy years after the fact, there are more questions than answers, and proof is elusive. By Beate Lakotta more... Comment ]


Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job

Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job

March 19, 2014, 05:32 PM

This May, European voters will decide for the first time who becomes the president of the European Commission. In a SPIEGEL interview, leading candidates Jean-Claude Juncker, 59, and Martin Schulz, 58, discuss their views on tax havens, euro bonds and the losers in the debt crisis. more... Comment ]

Erdogan and the Traitors: Scandal and Protests Threaten Turkey's AKP

Erdogan and the Traitors: Scandal and Protests Threaten Turkey's AKP

March 19, 2014, 05:01 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing the most difficult challenge of his premiership. Corruption scandals, a weakening economy and a draining battle with the Gülen movement have the leader reeling ahead of important local elections. By Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

March 18, 2014, 06:02 PM

It's not only in Crimea where Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing with fire, but also in eastern Ukraine. The majority of the people in the economically powerful region speak Russian and reject the new government in Kiev. By Uwe Klussmann and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

March 18, 2014, 06:01 PM

Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same. Interview Conducted By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda

Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda

March 17, 2014, 05:08 PM

Germany shuns the right-wing extremist party NPD at home. But even though the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda maintains tight links to the NPD, it has received indirect support from Berlin. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Lap of Luxury: German Firms Spruced Up Yanukovych's Villa

Lap of Luxury: German Firms Spruced Up Yanukovych's Villa

March 17, 2014, 04:59 PM

Among the companies that benefited from lucrative contracts to furnish the luxurious villa of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was a Bavarian firm. Although the commissions from the ex leader were in the double digit millions, the firm has since gone bust. more... Comment ]

360-Degree Panorama: A Peek Inside Yanukovych's Luxury Villa

360-Degree Panorama: A Peek Inside Yanukovych's Luxury Villa

March 17, 2014, 04:39 PM

After Viktor Yanukovych fled, many Ukrainians were astounded by their former leader's opulent residence. So far images have only been shown of a few rooms. A SPIEGEL ONLINE special with 360-degree panorama photos now offers a walkthrough of the spectacular villa. By Yuri Kultshynski, Jürgen Schrader and Bernhard Riedmann more...

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

March 17, 2014, 03:34 PM

The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]