World War II Anniversary: Is Armed Conflict Possible in Today's Europe?

World War II Anniversary Is Armed Conflict Possible in Today's Europe?

Europe has been largely peaceful since the end of World War II. The shock of that conflict was simply too great. But with memories of the violence now fading and nationalism on the rise, it is far from certain that peace will remain the status quo. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more...

Knavish Tricks: Johnson's Brexit Gambit Puts Queen in a Tight Spot

Knavish Tricks Johnson's Brexit Gambit Puts Queen in a Tight Spot

Boris Johnson is putting all his eggs in one basket in the final run-up to Brexit. But by sending parliament on forced leave, he is damaging democracy and also one of the last intact pillars of the United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II. By Jörg Schindler in London more...


The Venezuelan Diaspora: Spain's Other Refugees

The Venezuelan Diaspora Spain's Other Refugees

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled hunger and violence at home and come to Europe. Most of them go to Spain, where they easily integrate. But life as a refugee, even in a familiar culture, isn't always easy. By Steffen Lüdke and Maria Feck (Photos more...

Complacent No More: It's Time for Germany to Step Up

Complacent No More It's Time for Germany to Step Up

The days in which Germany can afford to be complacent are over. Europe's largest economy needs to finally accept that it's too big and important to simply sit on the sidelines. It needs to invest, innovate -- and above all, lead. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more...


Microfinance in Cambodia: When Microloans Do More Harm Than Good

Microfinance in Cambodia When Microloans Do More Harm Than Good

Millions of Cambodians rely on microloans to survive, even though the practice drives many of them further into poverty. Some of the money given out to poor farmers comes from Germany, yet Berlin refuses to acknowledge there is a problem. By Vanessa Steinmetz more...

A Clique of 'Pseudo-Adults': Britain's Elite-School Problem

A Clique of 'Pseudo-Adults' Britain's Elite-School Problem

Boris Johnson is the 20th prime minister to come out of Eton College. The school represents a system in which the elite stay among themselves and fail to see the problems of others. And it is becoming a serious problem for the country. By Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


The Death of Marie Sophie Hingst: Why It Was Right to Report on Her Lies

The Death of Marie Sophie Hingst Why It Was Right to Report on Her Lies

In June, I wrote an article exposing fabrications in Marie Sophie Hingst's blog about Jewish family members who allegedly died in the Holocaust. In mid-July, she was found dead in her apartment. Now, I am grappling with the question of whether my reporting was necessary. By Martin Doerry more...

Challenges for New ECB Head: Will Christine Lagarde Pursue Tighter Monetary Policy?

Challenges for New ECB Head Will Christine Lagarde Pursue Tighter Monetary Policy?

As Christine Lagarde prepares to head the European Central Bank, the ECB's critics are urging her to stop the flow of cheap money. At stake is the economic stability of eurozone member states -- and the savings of millions of ordinary people. By Tim Bartz, Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Showdown With Brussels: Boris Johnson Steers Into Conflict Course

Showdown With Brussels Boris Johnson Steers Into Conflict Course

Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet of hardline Brexiteers appear to be steering toward a showdown with Brussels. By doing so, he's also increasing the chance there will be new elections in Britain this autumn. A Commentary By Jörg Schindler more...