Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2018

Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth -- and hunted by the Taliban. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Video ]

'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2018

As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai: 'We Failed Miserably'

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai: 'We Failed Miserably'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2018

In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses the failure of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, the future of the war and why he would be willing to work with the Trump administration. An Interview by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

A Seed Sown By the West: Afghanistan's Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban

A Seed Sown By the West: Afghanistan's Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2017

A young, liberal elite has emerged in Kabul, including many women. It is taking a stand against the Taliban's atrocities in the form of political and artistic initiatives and wants to put an end to Afghanistan's culture of violence. By Susanne Koelbl in Kabul more... Comment ]


Battle for Kunduz: The Taliban Erases Western Gains in Afghanistan

Battle for Kunduz: The Taliban Erases Western Gains in Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2016

The Taliban has carried out repeated raids on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan despite ongoing Western presence in the country As the situation has deteriorated, locals have become caught between two fronts -- and the future of the country is at stake. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Rolling Up the Welcome Mat: Berlin Moves to Curb Afghan Refugee Influx

Rolling Up the Welcome Mat: Berlin Moves to Curb Afghan Refugee Influx

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans are seeking refuge in Germany from their country's turmoil. Berlin plans to increase its deportations and scare tactics in order to lower the number of asylum-seekers from the region. By Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt, Susanne Koelbl, Christiane Hoffmann and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


'Execution Orgy': Pakistan Learns from a Brutal Terrorist Attack

'Execution Orgy': Pakistan Learns from a Brutal Terrorist Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 14, 2015

One year ago, Taliban attackers stormed a school in Peshawar and killed over 130 children. Since then, the government and military have begun taking security seriously. Many say the country has changed for the better. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

Interview with Afghan President Ghani: 'I Have To Hold Our Country Together'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is calling for greater support for Afghanistan, where the Taliban's strength is growing. The fact that tens of thousands are fleeing his country to Europe is likely to be a major topic of his meeting with Chancellor Merkel on Thursday. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl in Kabul, Afghanistan more... Comment ]


Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

With the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, Germany is rapidly changing its foreign and security policy focus. Gone are the days of democracy promotion. Now the primary goal is that of preventing people from migrating to Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Next Wave: Afghans Flee To Europe in Droves

The Next Wave: Afghans Flee To Europe in Droves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2015

As the situation in Afghanistan becomes ever more chaotic, an increasing number of Afghans are heading towards Europe. But as one family's story shows, the trip often ends in tragedy. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]