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    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

October 19, 2014, 08:08 AM

Germany's foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. By Hubert Gude and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]


'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

October 09, 2014, 02:20 PM

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. But 12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

October 06, 2014, 05:52 PM

Ever since Matteo Renzi became Italy's new prime minister, officials in Berlin and Brussels have had newfound belief that Italy's deep-seated economic problems are being tackled. But that won't happen until the country stops deceiving itself. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

Bridge to Nowhere: Are EU Subsidies for Andalusia Well Spent?

Bridge to Nowhere: Are EU Subsidies for Andalusia Well Spent?

October 01, 2014, 05:43 PM

No other region in Spain receives as much European Union funding as Andalusia. But do the projects being funded make sense? Questions are mounting about the efficacy of the subsidies -- and about their potential for feeding corruption. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

September 29, 2014, 01:08 PM

In an interview, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, 46, discusses relations with neighboring Russia and his country's flirtation with NATO. He says Finland will make a decision "without asking for permission." Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

Interview with a Sobibór Survivor: 'The Best Moment of My Life'

September 26, 2014, 12:45 PM

In an interview, 84 year old Sobibór survivor Philip Bialowitz discusses the importance of the recent discovery of the death camp's gas chambers and his risky escape from the Nazis in 1943. Interview Conducted By Claus Hecking more... Video | Comment ]

'Left To Die': The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

'Left To Die': The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck

September 23, 2014, 05:19 PM

Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugess from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened. By Julia Amalia Heyer, Walter Mayr, Maximilian Popp and Chrissi Wilkens more... Comment ]

Europe's Original Sin: What Asylum Policy Says about the EU

Europe's Original Sin: What Asylum Policy Says about the EU

September 22, 2014, 05:27 PM

European asylum policy is a messy compromise that has led to vast suffering on the EU's external borders. But having become used to our prosperity, we wouldn't have it any other way. An Essay by Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]

'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!': The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!': The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

September 11, 2014, 02:20 PM

Every year, some 30,000 people attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and a shocking number die on the mountain. The reason, say locals, is overcrowding, foolhardiness and a lack of respect for the White Lady. By Lukas Eberle and Victoria Weidemann more... Comment ]

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

September 11, 2014, 11:24 AM

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]