Operation Mekong: China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia

Operation Mekong: China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2018

China has always wielded significant influence in Southeast Asia. Lately, though, as the West turns its attention elsewhere, Beijing has been seeking to solidify its economic and political clout in the region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Capital Flight: Currencies Plunge Rapidly in Asian Economies

Capital Flight: Currencies Plunge Rapidly in Asian Economies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2013

As the credit glut in the US nears an end, the currencies of developing countries like India, Thailand and Indonesia are plummeting. Now there are fears that a redux of the 1997 market crash is on the horizon. By Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]


Italian Photographer's Death Probed: Thai Army Alleged to Have Targeted Journalists in 2010 Protests

Italian Photographer's Death Probed: Thai Army Alleged to Have Targeted Journalists in 2010 Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2011

Fabio Polenghi, the Italian news photographer killed in Bangkok in May 2010 during the so-called Red-Shirt protests, was shot in the back, an autopsy has confirmed. His sister Elisabetta and a Canadian lawyer believe he was killed by an army bullet and say they have witness testimony that soldiers were ordered to fire on journalists. more...

Vacationing with Ghosts: The Rebirth of a Tsunami-Devastated Thai Resort

Vacationing with Ghosts: The Rebirth of a Tsunami-Devastated Thai Resort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2011

On a sunny morning in December 2004, a massive tsunami devastated Indian Ocean coastlines and killed 8,000 people in Thailand. Many lost their lives at the beach resort of Khao Lak. Now, the site has been reborn -- as a luxury oasis instead of the backpacker paradise it used to be. Though not everyone is comfortable with its new incarnation, many are filled with hope. By Cordula Meyer more...


Thailand's Heavy Monsoons: Bangkok Evacuates as Floodwaters Rise

Thailand's Heavy Monsoons: Bangkok Evacuates as Floodwaters Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2011

Historically severe floods in the heart of Thailand have crept into Bangkok. A third of the nation stands underwater and the last decade of development has left the capital without natural defenses such as forests and grasslands. The country's new prime minister is struggling to show a brave face. By Thilo Thielke in Bangkok more...

Runway Wrangling: Thailand Pledges to Settle Dispute Over Prince's Jet

Runway Wrangling: Thailand Pledges to Settle Dispute Over Prince's Jet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2011

Thailand has signaled it may settle a dispute over outstanding debts in a case that prompted a German court to impound the personal jet of the Thai crown prince. A German insolvency lawyer showed resourcefulness and cunning in his curious fight with the Thai government -- and may end up getting his way. By Andreas Wassermann more...


Diplomatic Dispute: Thai Prince's Private Jet to Remain Impounded in Munich

Diplomatic Dispute: Thai Prince's Private Jet to Remain Impounded in Munich

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2011

The personal Boeing 737 of Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn looks set to gather dust in a hangar at Munich airport after a German court ruled that he would have to pay 20 million euros to get it back. The case is linked to a dispute between Germany and Thailand over an outstanding debt. more...

Yingluck's Challenge: Thailand's New Leader Must Step out of Brother's Shadow

Yingluck's Challenge: Thailand's New Leader Must Step out of Brother's Shadow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2011

Thailand's powerful army has recognized the election victory of Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai party. But the future prime minister faces a Herculean task: She must redeem her numerous promises, reunite a deeply divided country and step out of the shadow cast by her exiled brother Thaksin. more...


Loyal to the King: Exiled Thai Prime Minister Awaits Chance to Return

Loyal to the King: Exiled Thai Prime Minister Awaits Chance to Return

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2011

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been living in exile in Dubai since 2008. His sister stands a good change of becoming the country's new prime minister after upcoming elections. SPIEGEL ONLINE visited Thaksin in his new home and spoke to him about his relationship to Thailand and the king. By Thilo Thielke in Dubai more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Thaksin Shinawatra: 'Thailand Must Be United Again'

SPIEGEL Interview with Thaksin Shinawatra: 'Thailand Must Be United Again'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2011

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra now lives in exile in Dubai. Sentenced in Thailand to two years in prison for abuse of office, Thaksin hopes his younger sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, will become the country's new prime minister in July so he can return home. He talks to SPIEGEL about past mistakes and his country's political future.  more...