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Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

Opinion: A Bad Deal with Iran Is Better than None

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

Iran cannot be a trusted partner with its support for terrorists, a dire human rights record and it's denial of Israel's right to exist. But demonizing the country is not a viable policy. It's time for the West to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran. By Omid Nouripour more... Comment ]

'Chance of a Century': International Investors Flock to Tehran

'Chance of a Century': International Investors Flock to Tehran

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 02, 2014

Since the West reached a landmark deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program late last year, many Iranians are hoping for an end to sanctions. Western companies are also gearing up do big business. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

World From Berlin: Don't Lift Iran Sanctions 'Prematurely'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Although German commentators applaud Iran's interim deal with the West to halt its nuclear program as a significant step forward, they also argue Tehran must now prove itself. The bulk of the sanctions must remain in place until a full agreement is reached, they say. more... Comment ]

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

Iran Talks: Stiffer Sanctions Could Torpedo Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2013

Should sanctions against Tehran be tightened? US Senators believe Iran's nuclear activities can only be halted by ratcheting up the pressure. But Secretary of State John Kerry fears this hawkish stance will scuttle talks between world powers and Iran. An Analysis By Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

Geneva Nuclear Talks: Iran Bets on Easing of Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program kicks off Tuesday in Geneva. But unless Tehran offers up credible concessions, the recent trickle of goodwill could quickly run dry. By Matthias Gebauer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Iran Nuclear Talks: Europe's Unsung Chief Diplomat

Iran Nuclear Talks: Europe's Unsung Chief Diplomat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

The European Union's foreign policy apparatus is often written off as trivial. But its leader, Catherine Ashton, is the one whose tenacious diplomacy has brought the West and Iran back to the table to negotiate Tehran's nuclear program and related sanctions. By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult in Brussels more... Comment ]

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Barack Obama is moving his foreign policy course toward diplomacy and away from military intervention. Suddenly the Iranian nuclear issue and Israeli-Palestinian conflict are back on the table -- but is the Middle East ready for a breakthrough? By Dieter Bednarz, Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Intelligence Sources: Rohani Prepared to Shut Down Nuclear Site

Intelligence Sources: Rohani Prepared to Shut Down Nuclear Site

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

International sanctions are taking their toll on Iran's economy, and it now appears that new President Hassan Rohani could thus be willing to make concessions in the country's long-running standoff with the West over its nuclear program. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]