Wasted EU Funds: Brussels Ignores Tip-Offs from Greek Official

Wasted EU Funds: Brussels Ignores Tip-Offs from Greek Official

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2013

Anti-corruption officials in Brussels have failed to investigate reports of squandered EU funds at a training institute in Greece, a German paper reported Friday. Well-connected teachers were allegedly paid up to €610 per hour for up to 225 work hours per month. more... Comment ]

Organized Crime: Moscow Protests Spark Crackdown on Markets

Organized Crime: Moscow Protests Spark Crackdown on Markets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Following the alleged murder of a young Russian by a foreigner, angry protesters rioted at a nearby wholesale market known to employ immigrants. Now authorities have cracked down on the market, believed to be controlled by criminal gangs. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Maddie Disappearance: Parents Appeal to Germans for Clues

Maddie Disappearance: Parents Appeal to Germans for Clues

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The parents of Madeleine McCann appealed to German television viewers on Wednesday night for clues in their daughter's disappearance more than six years ago. Investigators believe that new information in the case could lead to German suspects. more... Comment ]

EU Parliament Report: Europe Has 880,000 Slave Laborers

EU Parliament Report: Europe Has 880,000 Slave Laborers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

A report by the European Parliament says there are 3,600 international criminal organizations in the European Union and that some 880,000 slave laborers live in the 27-nation bloc, including 270,000 victims of sexual exploitation. more... Comment ]

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The possibility that a common anesthesia drug may soon be used in the United States to execute death-row inmates is causing problems for European pharmaceutical companies. They worry the European Union may soon impose sanctions. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Forensic Psychiatrist: Women Kill More Creatively Than Men

Forensic Psychiatrist: Women Kill More Creatively Than Men

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2013

Women rarely commit murder, but forensic psychiatrist Sigrun Rossmanith has treated many female killers. She tells SPIEGEL ONLINE that women's dark side is underestimated. An Interview by Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

Penny Bun Pinchers: 'Mushroom Mafia' Pillaging German Forests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

The forests of Europe are a gold mine of gourmet mushrooms, and professional foragers are breaking laws to get their hands on them. Four of them tried to run over a forestry worker last week in Germany, where mushroom-madness is widespread. By David Crossland more... Comment ]

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

A new security campaign is helping authorities win back control of Rio de Janeiro's favelas ahead of next year's World Cup. Special police units are driving drug gangs out of the slums -- but often only to replace them with their own thuggish rule. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

'Mehmet's' Memoirs: Former Delinquent Banned from Book Fair

'Mehmet's' Memoirs: Former Delinquent Banned from Book Fair

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

Muhlis Ari, a Turkish man born in Germany who gained notoriety for committing more than 60 crimes before he was 14, wants to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair to present his autobiography. But German authorities have barred him from entering the country. more... Comment ]

Auschwitz Trial: Late Case Raises Questions about Justice System

Auschwitz Trial: Late Case Raises Questions about Justice System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Prosecutors claim 93-year-old former Auschwitz worker Hans Lipschis is complicit in the murder of thousands of people. The charges raise questions about how to interpret guilt in the Holocaust, as well as why the German justice system waited so long to pursue such cases. By Felix Bohr more...