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Britain's Next Prime Minister: Boris Johnson Will Start Breaking Promises Tomorrow

Britain's Next Prime Minister: Boris Johnson Will Start Breaking Promises Tomorrow

July 23, 2019, 05:45 PM

After winning the Tory leadership contest this week, Boris Johnson is to become Britain's next prime minister. He will have to show quickly that he can lead as well as he can seduce, and whether he will deliver Brexit or if it will be his undoing. A Commentary By Jörg Schindler in London more...


Von Der Leyen's Plan for Europe: 'We Need To Overcome this Division'

Von Der Leyen's Plan for Europe: 'We Need To Overcome this Division'

July 22, 2019, 01:15 PM

Now that outgoing German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been narrowly elected as the next president of the European Commission, she will have to figure out how to build bridges between the Continent's antagonistic member states and the political camps in the European Parliament. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Mad in Britain: How Boris Johnson Turned the British against Europe

Mad in Britain: How Boris Johnson Turned the British against Europe

July 20, 2019, 01:53 PM

Boris Johnson has always wanted to make it to the top, and he's almost there. The man who helped Brexit pass will now likely have the job of delivering it. But it's possible that even he doesn't know what he wants to do. Europe is in for a turbulent autumn. By Jörg Schindler in London more... Comment ]


Exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar and His Wife: 'I Didn't Want To Be in the Hands of Erdogan Anymore'

Exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar and His Wife: 'I Didn't Want To Be in the Hands of Erdogan Anymore'

July 20, 2019, 12:29 PM

Turkish government critic Can Dündar spent three years in exile separated from his wife Dilek. They recently reunited in Berlin, where they discussed their hopes for the end of the Erdogan era and how FaceTime helped keep them together as a family. Interview Conducted by Maximilian Popp and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

The New European Commission President: Von Der Leyen's Election Is a Big Moment for Europe

The New European Commission President: Von Der Leyen's Election Is a Big Moment for Europe

July 17, 2019, 03:44 PM

For the first time in more than 50 years, a German will head the European Commission. It was a close vote, and the role of the Social Democrats raises questions. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer more...


'Euro Orphans': The Romanian Children Growing up Without Their Parents

'Euro Orphans': The Romanian Children Growing up Without Their Parents

July 15, 2019, 10:09 AM

As the European Union has expanded eastward, hundreds of thousands of children have been turned into orphans in all but name. They grow up without their parents, who have no choice but to work in rich, Western European countries for a lack of job options back home. By Keno Verseck and Maria Feck (Photos) more...

A Question of Trust: Ursula Von Der Leyen Recruits Team to Win Over Brussels

A Question of Trust: Ursula Von Der Leyen Recruits Team to Win Over Brussels

July 12, 2019, 07:15 PM

Until recently, Ursula von der Leyen was largely unknown in Brussels. Now the German defense minister needs to win over a majority of the EU Parliament to secure the presidency of the European Commission. She remains an enigma to many, but is hoping some high-profile advisers can help change that. By Markus Becker, Matthias Gebauer and Peter Müller more...


Feeding People With Science: Plant Researchers Brace for Population Explosion

Feeding People With Science: Plant Researchers Brace for Population Explosion

July 11, 2019, 11:52 AM

By 2050, the world will require nearly twice as much food as today. But producing it without consuming any extra resources -- so as not to exacerbate climate change -- will be tricky. Three scientists explain how this agricultural feat may be possible. By Julia Merlot more...

A Heroine and a Figure of Hate: Carola Rackete and Europe's Troubling Refugee Policies 

A Heroine and a Figure of Hate: Carola Rackete and Europe's Troubling Refugee Policies 

July 09, 2019, 03:58 PM

Seventeen days at sea, chaos, distress and an act of desperation: The drama surrounding German captain Carola Rackete has exposed the cynicism behind European migration policy. The EU is no longer rescuing drowning migrants and the number of refugees continues to fall. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Sea-Watch Captain Carola Rackete: 'We Were All in a State of Total Despair'

Sea-Watch Captain Carola Rackete: 'We Were All in a State of Total Despair'

July 08, 2019, 12:48 PM

Carola Rackete saved 53 migrants adrift at sea. In an interview, she discusses the hardships on board, her arrest in Italy and the failure of European immigration policy. Interview Conducted by Frank Hornig more...