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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 the last 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 ]

Assad Interview: 'West Is More Confident in Al-Qaida than Me'

Assad Interview: 'West Is More Confident in Al-Qaida than Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2013

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Syrian President Assad continues to describe the rebels as terrorists, accuses the West of lies and maintains that he is only seeking to defend his country. The leader also admits mistakes. more... Comment ]


German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

German Chemicals for Syria: Merkel Denies Military Use

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that according to preliminary information, German chemicals sent to Syria were not used to produce sarin. The Left Party wants a closer look. more... Comment ]

Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

Mad about Guns: America's Deadly Weapons Obsession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

The tragic shooting in Washington feels all too much like deja vu. But President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats no longer even attempt to take on the real issue: America's unhindered gun mania. A Commentary By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]


'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-Vote Dispute over Arms Exports

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-Vote Dispute over Arms Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

An internal paper indicates Chancellor Merkel's conservatives want Germany to increase arms exports, a move strictly opposed by her coalition partners. Foreign Minister Westerwelle struck back this week, highlighting a government spat just days before the election. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

What Putin Wants: Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

What Putin Wants: Moscow's Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly enjoying his role as a key player in the Syrian conflict. But Moscow also has a very real concern: If Islamist extremism prevails in Syria, there could be serious consequences for Russia. A Commentary by Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]


World from Berlin: Germany's 'Cowardly Position' on Syria

World from Berlin: Germany's 'Cowardly Position' on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

As Western leaders scramble to find a common stance on the crisis in Syria, Berlin's back and forth on the issue has become embarrassing, the German press writes on Monday. more... Comment ]

Gas Attack: Germany Offers Clue in Search for Truth in Syria

Gas Attack: Germany Offers Clue in Search for Truth in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

German intelligence agrees with other Western agencies that the Assad regime was behind the Aug. 21 poison gas attack in Syria. One important clue was provided by a telephone conversation intercepted by German agents. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]