Exceptions to the Rules: How Some US Athletes Obtain Permits for Banned Medication

Exceptions to the Rules How Some US Athletes Obtain Permits for Banned Medication

According to documents hacked by a group called Fancy Bears and obtained by DER SPIEGEL, large numbers of US athletes applied for exemptions to take banned drugs shortly before the Rio Olympic Games. By Christoph Henrichs, Lukas Eberle and Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

Asleep at the Wheel German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

The government in Berlin fears that German automobile companies are lagging behind as electric cars pick up speed around the world. Faced with immense challenges and the potential loss of tens of thousands of jobs, the industry is still pushing its gas guzzlers. By Horand Knaup, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


The Chancellor's Eroding Power: Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

The Chancellor's Eroding Power Merkel Adversary Jens Spahn on the Rise

Jens Spahn, 36, has quickly risen to become a leader of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU party. His ascent shows how the chancellor's power is beginning to erode. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Ex-Astronaut Talks Asteroids: 'It Is Only a Matter of Time Until a Big One Hits'

Ex-Astronaut Talks Asteroids 'It Is Only a Matter of Time Until a Big One Hits'

European nations are currently deciding the future of an international program to prepare for the threat of asteroid impact. Former Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart fears that a hit could wipe out intelligence life on Earth. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke to him about his concerns. Interview Conducted by Christoph Seidler more... Comment ]


Fact-Check: Five Myths about Advancement in Germany

Fact-Check Five Myths about Advancement in Germany

Children of immigrants fare worse in school? You have to go to college if you want to earn a lot of money? There are plenty of myths surrounding social advancement in Germany -- and many of them are out of step with reality. more...

Born without Arms and Legs: 'I'm Glad I Don't Need Any Shoes'

Born without Arms and Legs 'I'm Glad I Don't Need Any Shoes'

Janis McDavid, 25, was born with no arms and legs. But he still goes to university, drives a car and travels the world. Today he is embarking on his career. How, though, does he do it? By Heike Klovert and Maria Feck (Video and Photos) more... Video | Comment ]


Renzi's High Stakes Poker Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may be facing defeat in a game of high-stakes poker with the electorate. If the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum fails, there are dark clouds on the horizon for Europe's future. The country is in poor economic shape and financial markets are alarmed. By Martin Hesse, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


Opinion: Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

Opinion Merkel Must Change to Meet Germany's Challenges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Ballooning Surplus Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Germany's current account surplus is higher than ever before and the country is concerned that it could become a target of US president-elect Donald Trump's ire as a result. Berlin is already making preparations for the possible conflict. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

'Whipping Boys': The Erosion of German Democracy

'Whipping Boys' The Erosion of German Democracy

Postwar German democracy has been a success story. But the election victory of Donald Trump in the US has also highlighted growing fractures between voters and political leaders in the country. Many fear that democracy is eroding. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nature Conservation Quiz: Where Species Are Going Extinct

Nature Conservation Quiz Where Species Are Going Extinct

Many of Earth's flora and fauna are threatened with extinction. That much you already know. But do you also know where our forests are disappearing and which countries are trying to save them? Find out more by taking our quiz. more...

Deforestation on Borneo: Fighters For The Forest

Deforestation on Borneo Fighters For The Forest

The Indonesian rain forest is shrinking dramatically, because farmers and multinationals use the land for agriculture. Four activists fight for the forest, with completely different means: from their bare hands to smartphones. By Jacopo Ottaviani (Text) and Isacco Chiaf (Photos/Videos) more...