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Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:55:46 +0100

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The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:54:09 +0100

Why does Nutella in Hungary contain less cocoa than the same chocolate spread in Germany? Why do fish sticks in Prague have less fish? Eastern European are tired of being served inferior products -- and the EU is finally addressing the issue.


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From the Editors: The Audio of DER SPIEGEL's Interview with Morrissey

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:12:37 +0100

British pop singer Morrissey has accused DER SPIEGEL of falsely quoting him in a recently published interview. The magazine stands behind its reporting and has made the decision to post the audio online in response.


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Patchwork Solution: An End to Berlin's Neverending Airport Fiasco?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:08:56 +0100

The idea of a soft launch for Berlin's long-delayed new international airport is gaining traction. It would mean opening its doors in 2020, but without its main terminal.


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

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:43:00 +0100

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.


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

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:04:20 +0100

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, 08 Dec 2017 18:03:03 +0100

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.


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

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:01:00 +0100

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, 08 Dec 2017 18:00:21 +0100

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.


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Liberated Raqqa: The Stench of Death amid Hopes for Life

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +0100

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.



Not So Great: Britain Grows Increasingly Hostile to EU Citizens

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:28:56 +0100

Ever since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, European Union citizens in the UK have felt increasingly unwelcome. Harrassment is on the rise and the government itself has fed the hate.



Ego Trip in Brussels: Juncker Seeks Greater Commission Control over Eurozone

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:26:47 +0100

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker would like the EU executive to have more control over the Eurozone in the future. But member states aren't eager to give up control.


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SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'I'm Made of Stern Stuff'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:14:17 +0100

SPD leader Martin Schulz twice ruled out a continuation of the grand coalition with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. Now, though, he has little choice but to consider such an alliance anyway. He speaks with DER SPIEGEL about what that means for him, his party, Germany and Europe.


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Germany's Fate: The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:06:13 +0100

With Angela Merkel's first effort at assembling a governing coalition having failed, a run-back of her current alliance with the Social Democrats appears likely. That, though, is hardly something to look forward to. And may not happen at all. By DER SPIEGEL staff


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

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:38:22 +0100

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.


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Potential Catastrophe: How the Irish Border Became Brexit's Biggest Hurdle

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:37:39 +0100

A new "hard" border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland could have dire economic consequences for both sides -- and reignite old feuds. Now Dublin is playing hardball with British negotiators.



EU Competition Commissioner Vestager: 'The Auto Industry Is a High Priority'

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:32:34 +0100

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, 49, has made a name for herself by taking on Google, Apple and Starbucks. She talks to DER SPIEGEL about her current investigation into possible automaker collusion and Facebook's responsibilities to its users.


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Europe at Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:37:10 +0100

As winter arrives, the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is unsustainable. Conditions at the refugee camps are horrific and island residents are tired of being left in the lurch by Athens and the EU. A visit to ground zero of European ignominy.


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Hello? Anybody Home?: Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:11:00 +0100

After the German election, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for far-reaching EU reforms. But with coalition talks having collapsed in Germany, Berlin suddenly has no voice. Some in Brussels are yearning for a return of the SPD.


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Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:39:42 +0100

The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.


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Living in Shame: Helping Rape Victims Return to Life

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:24:04 +0100

Left incontinent after rape or a lack of medical care during pregnancy, thousands of African women are stigmatized and shunned each year. In some places, though, the situation is improving. A report from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.