Finding a Balance: The Challenge of Climate Change in a Democracy

Finding a Balance The Challenge of Climate Change in a Democracy

Even as climate change represents an enormous challenge, it is essential that we not abandon our democratic principles to address it. That might not be as easy as it sounds. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Dirk Kurbjuweit more...

Alarming Message: Germany Seeks to Limit EU Budget Contribution

Alarming Message Germany Seeks to Limit EU Budget Contribution

As negotiations for the future EU budget heat up, Germany has angered some member states by demanding that the money available to Brussels not exceed 1 percent of the bloc's GDP. But Berlin has some allies. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more...


Arabic LGBT Magazine: Breaking Taboos in the Middle East

Arabic LGBT Magazine Breaking Taboos in the Middle East

Many in the Middle East view homosexuality as a sin. The Jordanian Khalid Abdel-Hadi started an Arabic LGBT magazine as a teenager to combat the many taboos and stereotypes in the region. Now he has many thousands of readers. By Franziska Tschinderle and Bradley Secker (photos) more...

Comeback for Kurz? Austria's Youngest-Ever Chancellor Eyes a Return

Comeback for Kurz? Austria's Youngest-Ever Chancellor Eyes a Return

This spring, Austria's youngest-ever chancellor was felled by a political scandal. But Sebastian Kurz could soon be back at the helm. A majority of Austrian voters seemingly can't wait to have him back. By Walter Mayr more...


A Strawman in England: FC Barcelona, a Shell Company and Messi's Father

A Strawman in England FC Barcelona, a Shell Company and Messi's Father

The London-based company Sidefloor was part of the tax-evasion structure for which Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were convicted. Now it has been revealed that FC Barcelona spent years paying agent fees to this letterbox company, payments apparently destined for Jorge Messi. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more...

The Last of the Monks: Germany's Vanishing Monasteries

The Last of the Monks Germany's Vanishing Monasteries

Religious orders in Germany are disappearing because so few people want to dedicate their entire lives to God anymore. Some monasteries and convents find novel ways to make money and survive, but even their days are numbered. By Felix Bohr more...


Football Leaks Lawyer: 'In Germany, Pinto Never Would Have Been Sent to Jail'

Football Leaks Lawyer 'In Germany, Pinto Never Would Have Been Sent to Jail'

Rui Pinto is the whistleblower behind Football Leaks and has been in jail in Portugal for months. In an interview, his lawyer William Bourdon talks about how his client is doing and what he is doing to get Pinto out of prison. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbach more...

'Special Advisers': Investigators Target Illicit Trade in Diplomatic Passports

'Special Advisers' Investigators Target Illicit Trade in Diplomatic Passports

Several Germans have managed to procure diplomatic passports from African countries, including former tennis star Boris Becker and figures with criminal histories. Now authorities are investigating a suspected network of intermediaries. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Interview with Edward Snowden: 'If I Happen to Fall out of a Window, You Can Be Sure I Was Pushed'

Interview with Edward Snowden 'If I Happen to Fall out of a Window, You Can Be Sure I Was Pushed'

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about how he managed to mislead the most powerful intelligence agency in the world, about his life in Russia and about why the internet must be reinvented. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Return to Gadhafi Era in Libya: A Warlord Rebuilds Benghazi in His Own Image

Return to Gadhafi Era in Libya A Warlord Rebuilds Benghazi in His Own Image

Benghazi was the center of the revolution against former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. After driving out the Islamists, warlord Khalifa Haftar has set up a culture of surveillance and fear in the city. Now he aims to conquer the rest of the country. By Mirco Keilberth and Fritz Schaap more...

Alternative for Democracy: The AfD's Ongoing Slide toward Right-Wing Extremism

Alternative for Democracy The AfD's Ongoing Slide toward Right-Wing Extremism

In recent state elections, the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany won almost a quarter of the votes. It was primarily radical candidates from the right-wing fringe who emerged triumphant. The party is continuing its slide into extremism. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...