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Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren

September 24, 2015, 05:58 PM

Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking? Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography reveal Astrid Lindgren, author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character. By Claudia Voigt more... Comment ]


Abandoning Syria: Few Options Left for Stopping the War

Abandoning Syria: Few Options Left for Stopping the War

September 18, 2015, 05:06 PM

An exodus of tens of thousands is hemorrhaging out of Syria and into Europe. After four years of civil war horrors, people have given up completely on their country. Is there a shred of hope left for stopping the conflict and rebuilding? By Christoph Reuter in Beirut more... Comment ]

Oktoberfest's Cathedrals: Artist Captures Places of Beer Worship

Oktoberfest's Cathedrals: Artist Captures Places of Beer Worship

September 16, 2015, 06:57 PM

Photographer Michael von Hassel takes haunting photographs of Oktoberfest's cavernous beer tents once all of the millions of annual visitors have gone home. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]


Whistleblower on Medical Research Fraud: 'Positive Results Are Better for Your Career'

Whistleblower on Medical Research Fraud: 'Positive Results Are Better for Your Career'

September 10, 2015, 04:53 PM

In an interview, whistleblower Peter Wilmshurst discusses how pressure from Big Pharma corrupts research into new medicines and leads companies to cover up fraudulent data. He says he has no regrets about taking on an entire industry. By Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

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

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

August 04, 2015, 05:30 PM

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 ]


Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

May 22, 2015, 06:34 PM

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

May 15, 2015, 11:43 AM

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

April 13, 2015, 07:57 PM

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'

March 31, 2015, 03:22 PM

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'

March 30, 2015, 07:23 PM

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 ]