Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germany's role in the negotations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


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Nazi Art Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

The sculptures had been missing for decades. But on Wednesday, investigators found pieces of Nazi art that had once adorned Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin. more...


S&M Images Max Mosely and Google End Legal Dispute

S&M Images: Max Mosely and Google End Legal Dispute

Max Mosley has ended his years-long legal dispute with Google. The case centered on the search engine's inclusion of images of the ex-Formula One president participating in an S&M sex party in its search results. Now, the two parties have reached a settlement. By Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]


Günter Grass Obituary Farewell to Germany's Towering Literary Figure

Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to Germany's Towering Literary Figure

As a writer, he helped define postwar German literature. As a political activist, he helped shape the nation's conscience. For some 60 years, Günter Grass was one of the most influential figures in Germany. By Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Slavoj Zizek 'The Greatest Threat to Europe Is Its Inertia'

SPIEGEL Interview with Slavoj Zizek: 'The Greatest Threat to Europe Is Its Inertia'

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of Europe's boldest intellectuals and also a self-avowed leftist. In a new work, he argues Europe shouldn't be overly tolerant towards Islamism and that the Continent needs a 'leading culture' of Enlightenment. Interview Conducted by Romain Leick more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese 'Satire Makes People Think'

SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese: 'Satire Makes People Think'

In an interview, British comedian John Cleese talks about his time as a comedian with Monty Python, the permissability of Muslim satire -- it is -- his longtime fascination for Germany and its language and a third marriage he wishes never happened. Interview by Christoph Scheuermann and Barbara Supp more... Comment ]

Daughters of Jihad The German Women of Islamic State

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

Much is known about men leaving Germany to take up arms on behalf of Islamic State. Less has been reported about the flocks of women traveling to Syria to join the jihad. Experts view them as a growing terrorist threat. By Jörg Diehl, Hubert Gude, Barbara Schmid and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

Head-On Collision Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass

Head-On Collision: Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass

Elliot Erwitt and Bruce Gilden are street photography legends who use Leica cameras and black and white film as their weapons of choice. When they meet Google Glass for the first time, it feels like a head-on collision between old masters and new technology. By Matthias Krug and Hilmar Schmundt more... Video | Comment ]

Students of Death Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

A group of Belgium's leading practitioners of euthanasia recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial to learn more about death and humanity. The trip proved to be just as controversial for the doctors as it did insightful. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Interview with Hilary Mantel 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

Hilary Mantel's historical novels are celebrated in Britain, but her critiques of the establishment are widely feared. In a SPIEGEL interview, she says her country is retreating into insularity and to attitudes prevalent in Victorian times. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]