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SPIEGEL E-Book: 1914 - 2014. The Disturbing Relevance of World War I
  • Even a century after the outbreak of World War I, its consequences can still be felt. SPIEGEL explored this phenomenon in a recent series, using World War I as the starting point for observing conditions today in a number of the world's regions. These included the role of the United States as a superpower and global police force, the ongoing failure of peace efforts in the Middle East and the as yet unresolved ethnic divisions in the Balkans last manifested in the Bosnian War. In the 12 features, now compiled as an E-Book, SPIEGEL reporters describe the effects of the primal catastrophe of the 20th century that remain present today.
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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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The German Road: Congo Project Shows Pitfalls of Development Aid

The German Road: Congo Project Shows Pitfalls of Development Aid

March 16, 2015, 07:45 PM

One of Germany's largest relief organizations has built a road through the jungle leading from war-torn North Kivu to a major river in the Congo. The project has demonstrated the limits of development aid in a stateless region. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]


Kidnapped in Mozambique: In the Clutches of Rhino Poachers

Kidnapped in Mozambique: In the Clutches of Rhino Poachers

March 12, 2015, 11:31 AM

We traveled to Mozambique to report a story about the region's destructive and illegal trade in rhinoceros horns. But when photographer Toby Selander and I were taken captive by poachers, we found ourselves staring death in the face. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]


Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

March 06, 2015, 07:47 PM

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Messi's missing millions: Doubts Cloud Charity Games

Messi's missing millions: Doubts Cloud Charity Games

March 05, 2015, 07:01 PM

Where did the money go from six benefit football matches played by Lionel Messi and friends? The world famous football player says they went to charity. Tax investigators believe they went to the players. Documents have emerged that are fueling those suspicions. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Naomi Klein: 'The Economic System We Have Created Global Warming'

SPIEGEL Interview with Naomi Klein: 'The Economic System We Have Created Global Warming'

February 25, 2015, 06:05 PM

Can we still stop global warming? Only if we radically change our capitalist system, argues author Naomi Klein. In an interview with SPIEGEL, she explains why the time has come to abandon small steps for a radical new approach. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

February 25, 2015, 06:05 PM

World leaders decided in Copenhagen that global warming should be limited to 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving that target, though, would take nothing less than a miracle. With another round of climate negotiations approaching, it is becoming increasingly clear that mankind has failed to address its most daunting problem. By Alexander Jung, Horand Knaup, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya

A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya

February 23, 2015, 06:11 PM

Rival militias in Libya have thrown the country into civil war and made it easy prey for the Islamic State. The recent execution of 21 Egyptian Christians is only one sign of the terrorist group's growing footprint in North Africa. By Mirco Keilberth and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

February 16, 2015, 05:39 PM

In an interview, Israeli prime minister candidate Isaac Herzog says the country's people are "fed up" with Benjamin Netanyahu's "politics of fear." If elected, he says he wants to "reignite" the peace process and is prepared to negotiate with the Palestinians. Interview Conducted by Nicola Abé and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

February 14, 2015, 12:50 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls for more decisive action against Moscow, including weapons deliveries to Kiev, to show Russia it will have a "higher price to pay" for its actions in Ukraine. Interview Conducted By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

Nuclear Specter Returns: 'Threat of War Is Higher than in the Cold War'

February 13, 2015, 02:31 PM

The Ukraine crisis has dramatically worsened relations between NATO and Russia. With cooperation on nuclear security now suspended and the lack of a "red telephone," experts at the Munich Security Conference warn any escalation in tensions could grow deadly. By Markus Becker in Munich more... Comment ]