The Destruction of Understanding: Trump, Erdogan and the Assault on the Free Press

The Destruction of Understanding Trump, Erdogan and the Assault on the Free Press

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan demand reverence rather than enlightenment and both are mounting dangerous attacks on the free press. The threat is real and the media must hold its ground. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

President Duterte and the Death Squads: A Politician and an Ex-Hitman Take on Philippine Leader

President Duterte and the Death Squads A Politician and an Ex-Hitman Take on Philippine Leader

More than 7,000 people have died in the war on drugs since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office. A politician who has investigated the leader fears for her life and has since been arrested. Her most important witness, a former hitman, is living in hiding in the rainforest. By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Carlo Gabuco (Photos) more... Comment ]


Yanukovych Resurfaces: 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Yanukovych Resurfaces 'Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country'

Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others. DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef met with the former president. By Christian Neef in Moscow more... Comment ]

Bill Gates Interview: I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

Bill Gates Interview I Told Trump 'How Wonderful' Vaccines Are

Amid wars, fake news and Donald Trump, the risk of a global pandemic is getting little attention these days. In an interview, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates warns of the dramatic consequences. Interview Conducted By Markus Becker more... Comment ]


Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

Rubble and Delusion A Journey Through Assad's Syria

With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state. By Fritz Schaap (Text) and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

History Repeating The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

NATO is in danger and the West is losing its cohesion. Lessons of the past warn us to stand tall against those seeking to unravel a global security framework that has kept us safe since World War II. A Commentary By John Kasich, Governor of Ohio more... Comment ]


Trump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point

Trump's America Democracy at the Tipping Point

Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's DER SPIEGEL, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal democracy. A Commentary by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]