The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2016

The older brother detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The younger one is representing his country at the Olympic Games in Rio. The story of two Belgian siblings who long ago parted ways. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2016

With bombs set off in the airport and the subway system, the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels have struck the heart of the European Union. Belgium, once the nucleus of Europe, will now have to combat its reputation as a failed state. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2016

In an interview following the Brussels attacks, terrorism expert Peter Neumann discusses the growing threat in Europe. Data sharing between police and intelligence agencies must be vastly increased, he argues. Interview By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2016

The terrorists on Tuesday clearly wanted to target the heart of the European Union. But there was another reason they chose Brussels. Nowhere in Europe is it easier to plan and carry out a terrorist attack. A Commentary by Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]


Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2016

The attacks in Brussels have similarities to the assault on Paris last November. Investigators believe there may be a connection and think the Tuesday airport and subway bombings may be an act of revenge for the arrest of Salah Abdeslam. By Jörg Diehl more... Comment ]

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2015

The attacks hit Paris where it is most vulnerable, in those places where young people go to have fun. But they were aimed at all of us. What can we do to defend ourselves? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European Terror

Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2015

With 19 municipal mayors and six different police authorities, Brussels is a tangle of bureaucracy. It's also home to the suspected perpetrators behind Friday's Paris attacks. The failure of Belgian authorities has become a security problem for all of Europe. By Markus Becker and Jörg Diehl in Brussels more... Comment ]

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2015

Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo won the World Press Photo Award in February, but it was revoked in March. The city he portrayed, Charleroi in Belgium, complained that his photos were more fiction than reality. Where should the line be drawn? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2015

Relative to the size of its population, no other country in Europe sends as many young jihadists to Syria as Belgium does. But why? Some say one problem lies with the fractured nature of the country itself. By Katrin Kuntz and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

Risk for Rasmussen: New NATO Headquarters in Financial Trouble

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted. It's an embarrassment for outgoing NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. By Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]