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Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

April 25, 2018, 02:49 PM

The attack on former spy Sergei Skripal thrust the nerve agent Novichok into the spotlight. For many, it was the first time they had heard of the poison, but it has long been a bone of contention between Moscow and the West. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


Rail Suicide: A Train Driver's Struggle to Return to the Tracks

Rail Suicide: A Train Driver's Struggle to Return to the Tracks

February 14, 2018, 10:35 AM

Each year in Germany, 800 people throw themselves in front of speeding trains, transforming the drivers into involuntary killers. Stephan Kniest has run over four people so far in his career - and fears that a fifth could do him in. By Hauke Goos more... Comment ]

From the Editors: The Audio of DER SPIEGEL's Interview with Morrissey

From the Editors: The Audio of DER SPIEGEL's Interview with Morrissey

December 13, 2017, 12:12 PM

British pop singer Morrissey has accused DER SPIEGEL of falsely quoting him in a recently published interview. The magazine stands behind its reporting and has made the decision to post the audio online in response. more...


Trump vs. Reality IV: 'Take a Knee!'

Trump vs. Reality IV: 'Take a Knee!'

October 13, 2017, 10:50 PM

An animated reality check of the man who claims to be the greatest U.S. president ever. more... Video ]

Greener Living: Vote for Your Favorite Urban Oases

Greener Living: Vote for Your Favorite Urban Oases

October 05, 2017, 01:08 PM

How do we want to live in the future? The Social Design Award has selected a shortlist of urban development projects focusing on plants in the city. Now it's your turn to decide which finalist will receive the 2,500-euro audience award. By Marianne Wellershoff more...


Social Design Award: Transitioning to a Better World

Social Design Award: Transitioning to a Better World

July 19, 2017, 02:41 PM

Community gardeners and other activists in Berlin are helping the Transition movement to take root in the German capital as part of its worldwide campaign for a sustainable society. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

DER SPIEGEL Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo's Secret

DER SPIEGEL Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo's Secret

April 19, 2017, 03:39 PM

An American woman goes to the police in Las Vegas. She claims she has been raped by an athlete: global football star Cristiano Ronaldo. What really happened has never been resolved because lawyers settled the case with a payment of $375,000 by the Real Madrid star. By SPIEGEL Staff more...


Nazis on the Roof of the World: A Bizarre SS Expedition to Tibet

Nazis on the Roof of the World: A Bizarre SS Expedition to Tibet

April 03, 2017, 10:40 AM

In 1938, an SS expedition led by German zoologist Ernst Schäfer trekked to Tibet, returning with priceless animal specimens. Many believe they had actually been sent to search for a lost Aryan race, but a new book argues that the truth is more complicated. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

March 17, 2017, 06:02 PM

It is often said that taking performance enhancing drugs makes no sense for soccer players. Then why do so many do so? An internal list from the World Anti-Doping Agency reveals the substances players have been caught using. And shows that football officials seek to play down the issue. By Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Winterbach and Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]


Interview with Exiled Iranian Empress Pahlavi: 'We Wanted to Create Progress in Iran'

Interview with Exiled Iranian Empress Pahlavi: 'We Wanted to Create Progress in Iran'

February 22, 2017, 12:38 PM

The collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was to be shown in Berlin in December, but Iranian officials declined permission to send the artworks out of the country. SPIEGEL spoke with former Empress Farah Pahlavi, who assembled the collection in the 1970s. She's been living in exile for 38 years. more... Comment ]