Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat das Privathaus des Rappers Bushido in Berlin-Wannsee durchsucht. Hintergrund ist nach Angaben der Ermittlungsbehörde der Verdacht auf eine Steuerstraftat. Offenbar stellten die Ermittler kistenweise Unterlagen sicher. mehr...
- May 03, 2013
As law-enforcement officials search for clues about the early life of the Boston Marathon bombers, a number of conspiracy theories are coming to light. Many are based on alleged ties between the men's father and a local mafia boss in Kyrgyzstan. By Marcus Bensmann and Matthias Schepp in Bishkek/Moscow more... [ Forum ]
- July 30, 2012
Jobs for your friends, contracts for your relatives, cash handouts for everyone: that's how politics works in Sicily. Now the island is on the verge of bankruptcy. It's an example of the underlying problem plaguing many parts of the southern European countries now struggling to contain the euro crisis. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... [ Forum ]
- January 04, 2012
The shadowy Calabrian mafia, the 'Ndrangheta, has become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the Western world through its dominance of the European cocaine trade. For the first time, local syndicate bosses described their business model to SPIEGEL. It's a mixture of entrepreneurial talent, skillful management and deadly ruthlessness. By Andreas Ulrich more... [ Forum ]
- February 07, 2011
After years of mafia threats and what he sees as official indifference, the director of a contemporary art museum near Naples has had enough. In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he has requested asylum for his museum -- and says his entire staff is prepared to move to Berlin if she agrees. By Josh Ward more...
- December 24, 2010
Santa Claus can do it all: deliver presents, climb down chimneys, fly through the Christmas sky in his sleigh. And, as it happens, he can also make arrests. On Thursday, he busted a suspected member of the Sicilian mafia. more...
Erst erschoss er eine Rentnerin, dann tötete er einen italienischen Gastwirt: Das Landgericht Hagen schickt den 48-Jährigen dafür nun lebenslang in Haft. Seine zweite Bluttat beging er laut Kammer im Auftrag - und für 800 Euro. mehr...
- March 04, 2010
German courts have been dealing with an unusual problem. More than 100,000 tons of Italian trash were shipped to eastern Germany, saving a waste treatment plant from bankruptcy. But what could have been a solution to Naples' notorious garbage crisis ran afoul of the law. By Alexander Smoltczyk, Andreas Ulrich and Andreas Wassermann more...
- October 22, 2009
Italian investigators are scouring a shipwreck allegedly containing toxic and radioactive waste dumped by the mafia in the Mediterranean. Following years of speculation, environmentalists, local politicians and now the EU are urging the government to act. more...
- December 19, 2008
The trash has been removed from the streets of Naples since Silvio Berlusconi's return to office, but the greater garbage problem persists. Public distrust of the government is so great that any effort to deal with the trash problem inevitably sparks new protests. By Michael Giglio in Naples, Italy more...