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 ]


American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2018

Hundreds of Russian soldiers are alleged to have died in U.S. airstrikes at the beginning of February. Reporting by DER SPIEGEL shows that events were likely very different. By Christoph Reuter more... Video | Comment ]

No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2018

Islamic State has largely been defeated, but peace in Syria has not been achieved. On the contrary, without a common enemy, parties involved are now pursuing their own interests, with each wanting a slice of the country. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2018

By invading Afrin, one of the last unscathed regions in Syria, Turkey is trying to prevent the creation of a Kurdish state. The U.S. is looking on powerlessly while Russia is rubbing its hands in glee. Ultimately, the true winner might be Bashar Assad. By Christian Esch, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Assad's Victory: What Comes after War in Syria?

Assad's Victory: What Comes after War in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2018

The regime has largely won the war against the insurgents and thoughts are slowly shifting to Syria's future. But the country still has a long path ahead before it can find peace. By Susanne Koelbl in Damascus, Syria more... Comment ]