Voting by Smartphone: Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

Voting by Smartphone Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

With the U.S. midterm election approaching, concerns about cybersecurity and Russian meddling are mounting. The state of West Virginia has chosen now, of all times, to introduce smartphone voting. By Angela Gruber and Patrick Beuth more... Comment ]

The Country of Hunger: A State of Deep Suffering in Venezuela's Hospitals

The Country of Hunger A State of Deep Suffering in Venezuela's Hospitals

Venezuela has the largest known oil reserves in the world, but under the leadership of Nicolas Maduro, its hospitals lack equipment, medicines, food, anesthetics and even pens. The doctors who remain face a daily struggle to treat patients with little more than hope. By Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]


Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

Playing Doctor with Watson Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

IBM has big plans for how its Watson artificial intelligence software could change the medical industry. But a number of hospitals have ended their experiments with the platform, arguing that it doesn't help diagnose or treat diseases. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Shifting Overseas Route Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Matchmakers: China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

The Matchmakers China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

Many people in China who want to get married are having trouble finding a partner. The country's decadeslong one-child policy led to the country having more young men than women, and their growing prosperity is making them pickier. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

China's Xinjiang Region A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

In western China, Beijing is using the most modern means available to control its Uighur minority. Tens of thousands have disappeared into re-education camps. A journey to an eerily quiet region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Twelve Weeks in Riyadh: Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh Exploring the New Saudi Arabia from the Inside

The religious police has been stripped of power, pop concerts are now allowed and women are even permitted to drive cars. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is liberalizing Saudi Arabian society but the system remains authoritarian. Can it work? By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]