Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'The Nuclear Agreement Is Not a Love Affair'

Interview with Iranian Foreign Minister: 'The Nuclear Agreement Is Not a Love Affair'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2018

The nuclear deal with Iran is limping on even after the United States' withdrawal. DER SPIEGEL spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the agreement, what Europe's options are and his country's growing influence in the Middle East. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]


The Final Battle? All Eyes Turn to Idlib in Syrian War

The Final Battle? All Eyes Turn to Idlib in Syrian War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2018

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has his eyes on recapturing Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria. But Russia may have other uses for the province. And Turkey and Iran have a say as well. An Analysis by Christoph Reuter and Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2018

After seven years of war, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has three-quarters of the country back under his control. But with Western reconstruction funding still tied to his departure, the future is murky. By Christoph Reuter, Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner (Fotos) more... Comment ]


International Arrest Warrant: Germany Takes Aim at Assad's Torture Boss

International Arrest Warrant: Germany Takes Aim at Assad's Torture Boss

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2018

DER SPIEGEL has learned that Germany's chief federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for one of the Syrian regime's top intelligence officials. He is suspected of being responsible for wide-scale torture and murder. By Jörg Diehl, Christoph Reuter and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2018

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2018

With a wayward president at the helm in the United States, the world has become a more dangerous place. In response, though, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again steering Germany to the foreign policy sidelines, clearing the way for French President Emmanuel Macron. By DER SPIEGEL Staff By Matthias Gebauer, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Christian Reiermann, Christoph Scheuermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump this week issued a Twitter threat to Russia and hinted that America would soon attack Syria. But even if Assad does deserve punishment for again using chemical weapons, the urge to intervene should be resisted. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

Following last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack, the Syrian conflict could escalate once again. U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter threat and Russian response show just how dangerous the situation has become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

Firing at Refugees: EU Money Helped Fortify Turkey's Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2018

Turkey has barricaded its border to Syria with the help of funding from the European Union. There are few options left for Syrians trying to flee the brutal war in their home country and those who do risk death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]