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Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

March 26, 2018, 06:33 PM

Newly released secret documents reveal that Chancellor Helmut Kohl opposed negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late stages of the Cold War. Had the West German leader prevailed, it's likely the conflict would have ended very differently. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


USC and Max Planck: The Double Life of a Top Robotics Researcher

USC and Max Planck: The Double Life of a Top Robotics Researcher

March 22, 2018, 05:03 PM

Robotics researcher Stefan Schaal had made it, a top researcher in a field that promised only to grow. But that apparently wasn't enough for him. By Rex Dalton more... Comment ]

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

March 21, 2018, 02:29 PM

Officially, Islamic State has been driven out of the Hawija district of Iraq. But the jihadist groups are still there and continue to terrorize the populace. They often show up in the dark of night. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

From Russia with Death: A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers a New Cold War

March 16, 2018, 07:39 PM

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month has significantly worsened already tense relations between Moscow and the West. The crime marks the first chemical weapons attack on Western Europe since the end of World War II. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Trade Warrior: Donald Trump's Attack on German Prosperity

The Trade Warrior: Donald Trump's Attack on German Prosperity

March 12, 2018, 06:15 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump seems intent on launching a trade war. He is ignoring appeals to common sense coming from Europe and Asia, but one country stands to lose more than any other: Germany. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Plastic-Choked Seas: Marcella Hansch Wants to Save the Ocean

Plastic-Choked Seas: Marcella Hansch Wants to Save the Ocean

March 08, 2018, 03:34 PM

Up to 13 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean each year. German architect Marcella Hansch has developed a platform designed to remove that waste from our seas. But it wasn't something she planned. By Anna-Sophie Schneider more... Comment ]

American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

March 01, 2018, 06:04 PM

Hundreds of Russian soldiers are alleged to have died in U.S. airstrikes at the beginning of February. Reporting by DER SPIEGEL shows that events were likely very different. By Christoph Reuter more... Video | Comment ]


Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

Crisis Diplomacy: The Long Road to Freedom for German Journalist Yücel

February 23, 2018, 06:12 PM

Journalist Deniz Yücel was held without charges in a Turkish prison for 367 days. This is the inside story of how he survived his time in jail, tested the patience of German negotiators and ultimately forced President Erdogan to bend. By Matthias Gebauer, Maximilian Popp and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Preventing the Migrant Wave: Germany Exports Employment Offices to Africa

Preventing the Migrant Wave: Germany Exports Employment Offices to Africa

February 21, 2018, 01:58 PM

In order to combat the root causes of economic migration, Germany has opened a job center in Ghana that helps people find local employment. But what happens when German bureaucracy comes head to head with the everyday reality in Ghana? By Marian Blasberg in Accra, Ghana more... Comment ]


No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

February 20, 2018, 04:03 PM

Islamic State has largely been defeated, but peace in Syria has not been achieved. On the contrary, without a common enemy, parties involved are now pursuing their own interests, with each wanting a slice of the country. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]