Arrests in Germany: Syrian Torturers Face Justice in Europe

Arrests in Germany: Syrian Torturers Face Justice in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2019

In a first, German authorities have arrested two men accused of being part of the Syrian regime's torture apparatus. Thousands of Syrian residents, and even German citizens, have been caught in Assad's jails, which have been the sites of widespread human rights abuses. By Jörg Diehl, Matthias Gebauer, Christoph Reuter, Vanessa Schlesier, Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Interview with Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes: 'Trump Is Just Tearing Things Down'

Interview with Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes: 'Trump Is Just Tearing Things Down'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2019

Ben Rhodes was a key adviser in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. With his memoir now being published in German, DER SPIEGEL spoke with him about the Donald Trump presidency, America's diminished role in the world and Obama's Middle East policy. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council

Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2019

Germany is once again part of the UN Security Council for a two-year stint. But the council's inability to put a stop to the violence in Syria and Yemen in recent years shows the need for reform is more urgent than ever. Can Berlin make a difference? By Dietmar Pieper more... Comment ]

Armageddon Postponed: Syria's Idlib Province Gets New Lease on Life

Armageddon Postponed: Syria's Idlib Province Gets New Lease on Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2018

The looming military offensive on the Idlib province in Syria has been called off for now. People there are yearning to return to normal life and rapidly planning for the future. But how long with the peace last? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


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 ]