Debt Conflict: European Commission Threatens to Reject Draft Italian Budget

Debt Conflict European Commission Threatens to Reject Draft Italian Budget

The conflict between Rome and Brussels is escalating, with the European Commission considering whether to reject Italy's draft budget for 2019. If it does, the Italian government would have to quickly produce a revised version. By Markus Becker  in Brussels more... Comment ]

Anti-Democratic Tendencies: Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Anti-Democratic Tendencies Germany Considers Monitoring Right-Wing AfD

Germany's domestic intelligence agency is wary of officially monitoring the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. But there is plenty of cause for concern. Extremist ideas are present at all levels within the AfD. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Merkel's Bavaria Headache: Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

Merkel's Bavaria Headache Berlin Coalition Emerges Even Weaker

It was an historic defeat for both the center-right Christian Social Union and the center-left Social Democrats. The aftershocks of the state election in Bavaria are likely to reach all the way to Berlin, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition even more wobbly that it was. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]

Untethered in Italy: Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

Untethered in Italy Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

With the approval of his partners in government, Italy's Matteo Salvini is lambasting the EU, foreigners and the press while at the same time quoting a fascist dictator. A tragedy with potentially wide-reaching consequences is unfolding at the heart of Europe. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


A European IMF: The New Face of the Eurozone Bailout Fund

A European IMF The New Face of the Eurozone Bailout Fund

The erstwhile bailout fund known as the European Stability Mechanism may soon be granted far-reaching new powers, including the kinds of functions currently possessed by the IMF. But there's a hitch. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Operation Mekong: China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia

Operation Mekong China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia

China has always wielded significant influence in Southeast Asia. Lately, though, as the West turns its attention elsewhere, Beijing has been seeking to solidify its economic and political clout in the region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Social Design Award: Vote For Your Favorite Neighborhood Project

Social Design Award Vote For Your Favorite Neighborhood Project

Waffles for everybody, a children's hotel, a community beer garden: We have narrowed down the Social Design Award submissions to a shortlist of 10. Which one is your favorite? It's time to submit your vote for the Audience Award. By Marianne Wellershoff more... Comment ]

Rape Allegations: Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

Rape Allegations Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

It took two weeks, but the legal team seeking to defend Cristiano Ronaldo against rape allegations levelled by Kathryn Mayorga has now settled on a defense strategy. They are seeking to cast doubt on information published by DER SPIEGEL. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]