Death on the Bosphorus: How an Apparent Saudi Hit Job Has Shaken the World

Death on the Bosphorus: How an Apparent Saudi Hit Job Has Shaken the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2018

A gruesome crime has quickly turned into a crisis in international relations: Saudi agents acting on behalf of the crown prince are thought to have dismembered a prominent opposition journalist. The West is disgusted and U.S. President Donald Trump finds himself in a tight spot. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Mega Railway Expansion: Berlin Courts Prestige Project with Turkey Amid Tensions

Mega Railway Expansion: Berlin Courts Prestige Project with Turkey Amid Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2018

In secret talks, the German government is seeking to push forward a massive project to modernize Turkey's railways. Berlin may help finance the multibillion-euro project, but faces criticism for cooperating with the autocrat from Ankara. more... Comment ]


Hot Heads: Erdogan-Trump Tiff Endangers Turkish Economy and NATO

Hot Heads: Erdogan-Trump Tiff Endangers Turkish Economy and NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2018

The Turkish economy is collapsing and President Erdogan is engaged in a bitter battle with U.S. President Donald Trump. NATO could turn out to be the loser, while Moscow is the primary beneficiary. By Tim Bartz, Maximilian Popp and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2018

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Endgame: Turkey's All-Powerful President Grabs for More

Erdogan's Endgame: Turkey's All-Powerful President Grabs for More

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2018

The elections in Turkey on June 24 will determine President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's future and his legacy. He is currently at the zenith of his power and is looking to add even more. But he remains desperately afraid of losing it all. By Maximilian Popp 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 ]


Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2018

Journalist Deniz Yücel was held without charges in a Turkish prison for 367 days. This is the inside story of how he survived his time in jail, tested the patience of German negotiators and ultimately forced President Erdogan to bend. By Matthias Gebauer, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult 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 ]


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 ]