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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

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Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:33:27 +0100

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Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:52:00 +0100

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers.

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:34 +0100

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing.

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Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:35:00 +0100

With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state.

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Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:07:08 +0100

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey.

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NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:06:20 +0100

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal.

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History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:01:00 +0100

NATO is in danger and the West is losing its cohesion. Lessons of the past warn us to stand tall against those seeking to unravel a global security framework that has kept us safe since World War II.

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Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:45:00 +0100

The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible.

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:27:39 +0100

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe.

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Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:56 +0100

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis.

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Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:14:35 +0100

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures.

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Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:48:32 +0100

With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:39:00 +0100

Britain's Daily Mail is infamous for spreading hatred and fear. The newspaper has become even more shrill following Brexit. Wikipedia banned use of the publication as a reference last week, but the decision is unlikely to change much.

The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:13:24 +0100

Romania finds itself gripped by the largest protests since 1989 as the country rallies against corruption. The pro-EU demonstrators are young, organize via social media and are targeting the country's political elite.

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The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:24:39 +0100

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen?

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Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:19:00 +0100

Propaganda spreads faster on social media than serious information and we've just experienced what an election looks like in the post-factual world. The European Union should launch its own broadcasting channel to counter the lies, draw Europe together and defend democracy.

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'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:39:55 +0100

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences.

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SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach'

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:01:00 +0100

Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump.

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Trump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0100

Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's DER SPIEGEL, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal democracy.

'America First': Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:51:10 +0100

Is Donald Trump in the process of transforming the United States into an autocracy? His first weeks in office make it look as though that is his aim. The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:14:00 +0100

The United States president is becoming a danger to the world. It is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses.

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