Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

Arms for Hostage? Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape. By Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2018

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


Playing with Fire: Trump Risks New Conflagration in Middle East

Playing with Fire: Trump Risks New Conflagration in Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear last week that he is close to withdrawing from the Iran accord unless Iran agrees to make changes. His chances for success are slim - and his blustering risks a dangerous escalation. By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

Erdogan's Insults: Germany's Hardline on Turkey Begins to Soften

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2017

With the Turkish president firing away at Germany at will, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel recently announced that Berlin would take a tougher stance. It hasn't happened. Indeed, Germany may soon have to cough up significant amounts of money for Ankara. By Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Interview with Germany's Foreign Minister: By Pulling Away, U.S. 'Does the Most Damage To Itself'

Interview with Germany's Foreign Minister: By Pulling Away, U.S. 'Does the Most Damage To Itself'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2017

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel discusses the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate protection and his particularly tough stance against U.S. President Donald Trump.  Interview Conducted By Severin Weiland more...

'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

'Rearmament Spiral': A German Clash over Trump's NATO Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that NATO member states pay their fair share has turned into a political hot potato ahead of German elections later this year. But the debate ignores a salient fact: The German military is in a terrible state. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

Selling Out: Berlin Sends Wrong Message By Welcoming Sisi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

The German government is welcoming Egypt's contentious President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a state visit on Wednesday. By doing so, Berlin is betraying its own values and interests in order to facilitate a multibillion euro business deal. A Commentary By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Government documents and information from the Assad regime indicate that German companies may have helped Syria produce chemical weapons over the course of decades. So far, the Merkel administration has shown no willingness to investigate. By Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2014

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]