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New Jersey Governor-Elect Murphy: 'Trump Has Already Done Tremendous Damage'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:49
Philip Murphy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, will be sworn in as New Jersey governor on Tuesday. In an interview, he attacks Donald Trump and his political style. But he also strikes an optimistic note, saying: "We'll get through it."

The Blight House: Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock Bottom

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:37
More controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House since the beginning of 2018, with Donald Trump losing his temper over a book accusing him of being an ignorant, TV-addicted narcissist. The bad news, though, is that he's not going away anytime soon.

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:08
Why is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL Staff

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 23:32
No football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks.

New Der SPIEGEL Cover explained: The Age of Fire and Fury

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:10
Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single Person. Where is the world supposed to start again if it manages to survive Donald Trump?

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:00
Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt.

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:48
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently excluded from running against Vladimir Putin in the presidential election scheduled this March in Russia. The reason is clear: A real politician is unwelcome against the backdrop of the country's imitated democracy.

The American Void: Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:11
Washington's move to abandon its global leadership role marks the end of Germany's foreign policy innocence. Berlin will soon be faced with difficult choices that could dent its moral standing.

The Search for Justice in Tunisia: 'We Know Everything, But We Have No Proof'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 02:43
A truth commission is trying to help Tunisia work through its recent past, televising testimonies from both the victims and perpetrators of state violence. Yet it's serving to divide rather than heal the country - and the police state is making a comeback.

Trump's Jerusalem Folly: Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:04
U.S. President Donald Trump prides himself on being a deal-maker. But his decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will produce only losers. It is time for Europe to take the lead in the Middle East peace process.

U.S. Economy: Trump Tax Plan Worries Europe

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:03
Trump is hoping that his tax reform will make the United States a more attractive place to do business. Germany and the rest of Europe, though, could emerge as the losers.

Alleged INF Treaty Violation: U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:01
The U.S. believes Russia is secretly developing nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. Washington has now upped the pressure on NATO to formulate a response - and a new arms race could be the result.

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: 'I Don't See Potential Upsides'

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:00
Richard Haass, 66, is a former U.S. diplomat and current director of the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that the timing of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel is troubling and potentially dangerous.

Liberated Raqqa: The Stench of Death amid Hopes for Life

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:45
The former Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa has been liberated, yet the city remains largely uninhabitable, criss-crossed with mines and strewn with rotting corpses. One man has made it his mission to bring the city back to life.

The New Saudi Arabia: Absolute Power in the Hands of a Crown Prince

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:38
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has embarked on a path to reform his country. But to achieve his goals, he is quashing all forms of critique. That is the wrong way to go.

War in Yemen: In a Devastated Country, One City Is Thriving  

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:10
The city of Marib in Yemen was long seen as an al-Qaida stronghold. But as the rest of the war-ravaged country descends ever deeper into chaos, it has become an unofficial capital with booming businesses and a popular university, a place poised between horror and hope.

The Undrained Swamp: Trump's Washington, One Year On

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 02:28
It has been one year since Donald Trump was elected to the White House, but the mutual hatred between the president and Washington D.C. has not dissipated. And the city has refused to back down to the Trumpian bluster.

100 Years Since the October Revolution: Russia's Unloved Anniversary

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 01:21
It has been 100 years since the October Revolution that heralded the Bolshevik takeover of Russia and changed the world. Yet today, Russians have mixed feelings about the centenary and approach it with care.

Moral Emptiness: Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 02:44
Some say Donald Trump's presidency does not present an existential threat to the American Republic. But after a year of MAGA, it has become clear that a disaster is unfolding whose consequences for humanity and decency will be substantial.

Exit Eritrea: A Visit to 'Africa's North Korea'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 01:39
After Syrians, refugees from Eritrea have the best chance of gaining asylum in Germany. But are conditions in the isolated one-party state really so brutal?