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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:06 +0200

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Tainting the Beautiful Game: How Asian Match-Fixers Are Infiltrating European Football

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:59:20 +0200

Asian investors are buying into European football clubs, bringing money, new players and hope along with them. But some are engaged in match-fixing, manipulating games and earning millions off crooked bets. They have already infiltrated a number of teams.

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Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:01:34 +0200

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old.

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Cultural Conundrum: What Does It Mean To Be a Hamburger?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:18:30 +0200

As Germany prepares for next week's G-20 summit, the world has its eyes on Hamburg. The city has seen a decline in the port culture that put it on the map, but the recent success of its spectacular new concert hall has forced many residents to reflect anew on what it means to be a Hamburger.

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The Last Act: A Raging Battle over Kohl's Legacy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:46:56 +0200

For years, Helmut Kohl's second wife held a tight grip over his legacy. With his passing now, she is pushing for an EU state funeral rather than a national one -- and even considered not inviting any German leaders to speak. A major dispute is expected over the estate of one of Europe's most distinguished politicians.

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Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:48:37 +0200

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House.

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The Mica Children: Fighting for Survival in India's Deadly Mines

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:17:00 +0200

They work in India's mines to supply the cosmetics and car paint industries. And sometimes they die. A Visual Story By Marius Münstermann and Christian Werner

Deadly Dilemma: EU Leans on Libyan Military to Stop Migrants

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:01:57 +0200

Summer offers perfect conditions for migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe. Aid organizations are trying to prevent them from drowning, but the EU has partnered with Libya to stop them.

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A Preventable Tragedy: Millions Around The World Are Still Threatened with Starvation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:43:00 +0200

Every ninth person on the planet suffers from hunger. The situation is so dire in some countries that 20 million people are at acute risk of death by starvation. How is this possible at a time of a global food surplus?

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'Welcome To Hell': Hamburg Girds for 100,000 G-20 Protestors

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:18:00 +0200

When the leaders of the world's most powerful economies descend on Hamburg next month, the city will be a virtual fortress with the deployment of 20,000 police. Officials believe violent protests are likely.

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A German Giant: The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:31:00 +0200

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy.

Firing at Democracy: The Toxic State of America

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:58:44 +0200

The attack on Republican members of Congress in the United States this week is a product of America's increasingly toxic political climate. Democracy is at stake in a country where two, deeply divided sides are no longer capable of reasonable debate.

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Stumbling to the Starting Line: Brexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:03:00 +0200

Britain's crippled Prime Minister Theresa May is stumbling into Brexit negotiations, which are set to finally begin next week. She is doing all she can to cling to power, but recent elections mean it isn't even clear what kind of Brexit Britain wants.

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Misguided Euro Skepticism: The Dangerous Nationalism of Europe's Left

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:08:49 +0200

Rather than embracing euroskeptics on the populist right, Europe's leftists should throw their support behind center-left French President Macron's policies to create a stronger eurozone. The alternative is a splintered left and stronger right.

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Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0200

Europe used to have a fearful respect of the Tories. But those days have long since passed. Now, the weakened party may have accidentally killed off Brexit -- a pet project that most party leaders didn't want in the first place.

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Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:42:58 +0200

The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria.

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Climate Change: Solving the Mystery of the Arctic's Clouds

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:08:05 +0200

Climate change has been causing dramatic, accelerated changes in the Arctic. Now, a team of researchers has deployed two planes and a ship, along with advanced new technology, to take a closer look at one of its least understood causes: clouds.

Interview with Ornithologist Richard Prum: What Duck Sex Reveals about Human Nature

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:03:00 +0200

In an interview, Richard Prum, an ornithologist and curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, discusses the violent mechanics of duck sex, the beauty of bird-mating rituals and why human civilization was made possible by love.

One Man Against Them All: Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Sensation

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:35:05 +0200

Even more astonishing than Theresa May's poor showing in this week's British election was the resurrection of Labour -- especially after Jeremy Corbyn's party seemed to do all it could to get badly defeated.

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Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:49:00 +0200

The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel's hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany's relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States.

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Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: Europeans 'Must Learn World Affairs'

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:02:28 +0200

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 62, discusses the EU's growing self-confidence, its differences with President Trump and Brexit negotiations in the wake of an unclear election outcome in Britain.

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