Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2018

The attack on former spy Sergei Skripal thrust the nerve agent Novichok into the spotlight. For many, it was the first time they had heard of the poison, but it has long been a bone of contention between Moscow and the West. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2018

Newly released secret documents reveal that Chancellor Helmut Kohl opposed negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late stages of the Cold War. Had the West German leader prevailed, it's likely the conflict would have ended very differently. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2018

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month has significantly worsened already tense relations between Moscow and the West. The crime marks the first chemical weapons attack on Western Europe since the end of World War II. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2017

For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy. By Wolfram Bickerich more... Comment ]

Khodorkovsky in Berlin: 'The Power Struggle Is Not for Me'

Khodorkovsky in Berlin: 'The Power Struggle Is Not for Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

One minute he's in a Siberian prison camp, the next he's being swarmed by reporters at a hectic press conference in Berlin. On Sunday, former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky opened up about his future plans and his decade behind bars. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]


The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

Clärchens Ballhaus has seen illegal dueling, Nazi dancing bans, wartime destruction and communist black-marketeering. Fans celebrating its 100th anniversary this week say it retains a timeless charm that makes it an enduring icon of Berlin nightlife. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]

Uncomfortable Monument: Art Fills Former Spy Station in Berlin

Uncomfortable Monument: Art Fills Former Spy Station in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2013

With the NSA spying scandal fresh in everyone's minds, the US agency's former Cold War installation in Berlin has been taken over for an art show. The work deals with espionage both past and present. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]


Searching for Scandal in Steinbrück's Stasi File

Searching for Scandal in Steinbrück's Stasi File

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

In the United States, it can take some effort to derail someone's presidential campaign. In 2004, Republican supporters of George W. Bush even went so far as to create an entirely new group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. In Germany, it's easier. You just have to mention a candidate's possible connection to the Stasi -- and watch the media feeding frenzy unfold. By Charles Hawley more...

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

Code Name 'Kid': American Stasi Spy Tells His Story

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2013

One of East Germany's top spies was actually an American soldier. Jeff Carney defected to the Communist state in 1983 and fed the notorious Stasi with reams of valuable information. He has now written a book about his experiences. By Jürgen Dahlkamp more... Comment ]