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SPIEGEL E-Book: 1914 - 2014. The Disturbing Relevance of World War I
  • Even a century after the outbreak of World War I, its consequences can still be felt. SPIEGEL explored this phenomenon in a recent series, using World War I as the starting point for observing conditions today in a number of the world's regions. These included the role of the United States as a superpower and global police force, the ongoing failure of peace efforts in the Middle East and the as yet unresolved ethnic divisions in the Balkans last manifested in the Bosnian War. In the 12 features, now compiled as an E-Book, SPIEGEL reporters describe the effects of the primal catastrophe of the 20th century that remain present today.
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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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The Breivik Interrogations: Norway Massacre Suspect Reveals All But Motive

The Breivik Interrogations: Norway Massacre Suspect Reveals All But Motive

October 26, 2011, 05:49 PM

Anders Behring Breivik has admitted to killing 77 Norwegians during a bombing and shooting massacre in July. Investigators say he is almost overly eager to talk. Still, after 100 hours of questioning, they have seen no signs of remorse and have little information about what really motivated him to kill. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: German Artisans Lay Claim to a Mysterious Tradition

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: German Artisans Lay Claim to a Mysterious Tradition

October 07, 2011, 05:15 PM

Lore behind Mayan crystal skulls once influenced collectors at world-class museums. Modern research, though, proves they can't be pre-Columbian. Were they really carved by jewelers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany? Artisans in the Hunsrück mountains have carved a new museum piece. By Frank Thadeusz more...


Couch for Hire: Airbnb Shakes Up German Accommodations Market

Couch for Hire: Airbnb Shakes Up German Accommodations Market

September 30, 2011, 11:32 AM

Airbnb is a revolutionary online platform that lets people offer and book lodgings in private homes around the world. The for-profit couch-surfing service is alarming the German hotel industry. By Janko Tietz more...

Reinhard Heydrich Biography: The First In-depth Look at a Nazi 'God of Death'

Reinhard Heydrich Biography: The First In-depth Look at a Nazi 'God of Death'

September 19, 2011

As the chair of the Wannsee Conference and head of the Reich Main Security Office, Reinhard Heydrich was the personification of the cruelest aspects of Nazi Germany. But the first scholarly biography of him finds that a combination of shame, love and luck -- rather than purely inherent evil -- led him to pursue a path of Nazi terror. By Georg Bönisch more... Comment ]

Neanderthals vs Humans? German Scientists Bring Fossils into the Computer Age

Neanderthals vs Humans? German Scientists Bring Fossils into the Computer Age

September 16, 2011, 06:50 PM

Researchers in Leipzig are compiling a ground-breaking digital archive of artefacts from around the world. Created to contrast Neanderthals with modern man, the archive could revolutionize their field -- which is exactly why many oppose it. By Johann Grolle more...

'Flying Ladas': Crashes Threaten Russian Aerospace Revival

'Flying Ladas': Crashes Threaten Russian Aerospace Revival

September 13, 2011, 11:41 AM

A series of plane crashes -- eight this year alone with the total loss of 119 lives -- is threatening to undermine Russia's ambitions to revive its once-proud aircraft industry. The country is pinning its hopes on a new regional jet, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 -- but each new disaster involving aging planes is dimming its prospects of success in the international market. By Matthias Schepp and Gerald Traufetter more...

The Birth of a City: Putting Down Roots in a Refugee Camp

The Birth of a City: Putting Down Roots in a Refugee Camp

September 08, 2011, 03:43 PM

The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is the world's largest. The machinery of international famine relief is in full gear there, but hundreds of thousands of people may become long-term residents. Conditions have prompted a camp manager to transform a temporary refuge into a city of the future. By Dialika Krahe in Kenya more...

Dutch Finance Minister on the Debt Crisis: 'We Are All Threatened by Contagion'

Dutch Finance Minister on the Debt Crisis: 'We Are All Threatened by Contagion'

August 22, 2011, 03:21 PM

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager calls on the German government to remain firm in its opposition to euro bonds. He also warns that even the fiscally solid nations of the euro zone will get into trouble if they keep having to increase the volume of the bailout fund. By Christian Reiermann more...

Breaking Taboos: Concerns Mount in Germany Over ECB Bond Buys

Breaking Taboos: Concerns Mount in Germany Over ECB Bond Buys

August 15, 2011, 05:52 PM

The euro drama is escalating in Berlin. In order to save the common currency, the European Central Bank is now purchasing large volumes of Italian government bonds. German central bankers and politicians in Chancellor Merkel's government oppose the move, which they see as a dangerous threat to the ECB's independence. By SPIEGEL ONLINE Staff more... Comment ]

Going Godless: Does Secularism Make People More Ethical?

Going Godless: Does Secularism Make People More Ethical?

August 11, 2011, 04:55 PM

Non-believers are often more educated, more tolerant and know more about God than the pious. A new wave of research is trying to figure out what goes on in the minds of an ever-growing group of people known as the "Nones". By Hilmar Schmundt more...