Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region. more...

Interview with UN Peace Envoy Brahimi: 'Syria Will Become Another Somalia'

Interview with UN Peace Envoy Brahimi: 'Syria Will Become Another Somalia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2014

For almost two years, Lakhdar Brahimi sought to bring peace to Syria. But in May, the United Nations special envoy stepped down. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the stubbornness of Syrian President Assad, the mistakes of the West and the dangers presented by Islamic radicals. Interview by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Assad's New Bomb: Syrian Regime Hasn't Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Assad's New Bomb: Syrian Regime Hasn't Abandoned Chemical Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2014

Despite its pledge to eliminate chemical weapons, the Assad regime is attacking towns and villages with chlorine gas bombs. SPIEGEL visited the communities hit by the most recent bombings to interview victims, doctors and eyewitnesses. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2014

Diren D., a German high school student from Hamburg, wanted to get a taste of American freedom during an exchange year abroad. Instead, he ended up dead. Are American gun laws to blame? By Karin Assmann, Marc Hujer, Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

A Revolution in Killing: The Technological Innovations of WWI

A Revolution in Killing: The Technological Innovations of WWI

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2014

A new era in warfare was born on the battlefields of Flanders in 1915. German troops launched a chlorine gas attack in the first ever large-scale use of chemical weapons. It was but one of the technical innovations seen during World War I, and not all of them were as deadly. By Felix Bohr more... Comment ]

Arms Exports: Berlin BacksáLarge Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

Arms Exports: Berlin BacksáLarge Defense Deal with Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

Berlin has often been criticized in recent years for selling weapons to questionable regimes. Now, the German government is backing a billion-euro deal for 100 patrol boats. more... Comment ]

German Defense Minister: 'We Can't Look Away'

German Defense Minister: 'We Can't Look Away'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

Germany has been heavily criticized in recent years for not doing its share in hotspots around the world. New Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says that it is time for Berlin to take more responsibility. She also dreams of a European army. Interview by RenÚ Pfister and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

Greek prosecutors last week arrested two more people suspected of having taken bribes from German armaments firms during theálast decade. The detentions are the latest in the country's intensified efforts to go after corrupt, high-ranking officials. more... Comment ]

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

The German defense industry is increasingly looking to Asia as a growing market for its products. Conflicts in the Far East have led to a demand for the kind of giant -- and expensive -- submarines that come from shipyards in northern Germany. By Otfried Nassauer and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

Nobel Peace Prize: Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

The OPCW has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eradicate chemical weapons around the world. But the honor pointedly draws attention to its current challenge: disposing of Syria's arsenal in the midst of a civil war. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]