Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom
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Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]


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Brzezinski on Russia 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Brzezinski on Russia: 'We Are Already In a Cold War'

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the West should stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. "We should make it more costly for the Russians to use force," he tells SPIEGEL ONLINE in an interview. An Interview by Sebastian Fischer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


Relentless Terror The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


The Allure of the Islamic State Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

The Bill Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

The Bill: Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

Vast amounts of German money are at stake if Greece goes bankrupt -- with liabilities as high as €84 billion. Even though that figure is a large one, it would be paid over years and dangers to the Berlin budget are limited. By Florian Diekmann more... Comment ]

Opinion We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

The Greek crisis has destroyed an old dream about the future of Europe. The only possibility for moving the EU in the direction we were promised is a radical solution -- either a Grexit or an expensive debt haircut. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Greece's Referendum The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]

Confronting the Past America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Confronting the Past: America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Why is America only now having an honest debate about racism? The dead from Charleston are also the dead of a nation that has long refused to work through its past mistakes. A Commentary by Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

The View from Athens Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Migration Crisis The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Lifting the Veil How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

Lifting the Veil: How Working Women Are Remaking Saudi Arabia

A growing number of women in Saudi Arabia are joining the workforce and chipping away at discriminations enshrined in its laws. But they face conservative opposition and -- even now -- a ban on driving. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]