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 ]


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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'

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Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State

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Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

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The Grapes of Wrath France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

The Grapes of Wrath: France's Great Wines Are Feeling the Heat

In France, climate change is no longer just an abstract problem. The culinary country's grand wine culture is threatened by rising global temperatures. Vintners are fighting to save a part of our world culture heritage that spans the last two millennia. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

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A Voice for the Dead: Recovering the Lost History of Sobibór

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Hipster Village Berlin Nightlife Grows Up

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