'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

'Rearmament Spiral' A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Cut From the Same Cloth: Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

Cut From the Same Cloth Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

Right-wing populist Geert Wilders is currently leading in the polls ahead of elections in the Netherlands  -- despite a campaign that has been conducted largely from his mobile phone. Like Donald Trump, the main weapon in his arsenal is Twitter. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Interview with Exiled Iranian Empress Pahlavi: 'We Wanted to Create Progress in Iran'

Interview with Exiled Iranian Empress Pahlavi 'We Wanted to Create Progress in Iran'

The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was to be shown in Berlin in December, but Iranian officials declined permission to send the artworks out of the country. SPIEGEL spoke with former Empress Farah Pahlavi, who assembled the collection in the 1970s. She's been living in exile for 38 years. more... Comment ]

Yanukovych Resurfaces: 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Yanukovych Resurfaces 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others. DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef met with the former president. By Christian Neef in Moscow more... Comment ]


Bill Gates Interview: I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

Bill Gates Interview I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

Amid wars, fake news and Donald Trump, the risk of a global pandemic is getting little attention these days. In an interview, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates warns of the dramatic consequences. Interview Conducted By Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

Rubble and Delusion A Journey Through Assad's Syria

With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state. By Fritz Schaap (Text) and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]


Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Spotlight on Schulz Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]