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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

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Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:42:25 +0200

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Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:08:00 +0200

Never before in the six-decade history of the Fifth Republic have French voters so thoroughly rejected establishment parties. In this new political reality, only one thing is certain: There are no certainties.

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Divided Turkey: Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:51:33 +0200

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious from last Sunday's referendum, but his slim margin of victory may actually have weakened his rule. Opposition to the Turkish president's power grab is forming and the EU can do little other than stand aside and watch.

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Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:13:37 +0200

A significant number of eligible Turkish voters living in Europe supported the referendum that curtails democracy in Turkey. That has triggered calls for consequences in both Berlin and Brussels and stirred up the German election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Interview with Alexei Navalny: 'The Kremlin Blocks Every Alternative to Putin'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:08:30 +0200

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, was just released from jail after widespread protests against government corruption. In an interview, he speaks about Putin's future plans for the country, the new generation of activists and why previous protests failed.

International Trumpquake: Tentative Stirrings of a Beijing-Berlin Axis

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:12:13 +0200

With U.S. President Donald Trump threatening Germany and China with a trade war, Beijing and Berlin have begun searching for ways to tighten economic relations. But there is more dividing the two nations than uniting them.

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A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:10:37 +0200

With only a few days to go before the first round of voting, a systemic crisis is dominating the campaign in France. It is no longer inconceivable that a Euroskeptic radical leftist or a far-right populist could become the country's next president. This bodes poorly for the French, but also their neighbors in Europe.

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DER SPIEGEL Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo's Secret

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:00 +0200

An American woman goes to the police in Las Vegas. She claims she has been raped by an athlete: global football star Cristiano Ronaldo. What really happened has never been resolved because lawyers settled the case with a payment of $375,000 by the Real Madrid star. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Trade Tensions: Donald Trump to Get a Little German Tutoring

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:05:57 +0200

U.S. President Donald Trump has said it is "very unfair" that Germany sells more products in the United States than vice versa. Now German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is traveling to the U.S. with a paper obtained by DER SPIEGEL. The message: Trade surpluses aren't really a problem.

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Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:36:25 +0200

Turks have voted to give their autocratic president even more power, with few checks and balances. By doing so, they have cast their ballot against the values of the European Union. It's time for the EU to take action by ending membership talks with Turkey.

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Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:23:00 +0200

A clear majority of Turkish voters in Germany cast ballots in favor of Erdogan's presidential system -- many out of spite for the country. The development reveals how far immigrants from Turkey still have to go before they will be integrated at the center of society.

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Life After Islamic State: 'They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:41:00 +0200

For over two years, Islamic State controlled the Iraqi city of Mosul, including its schools. Now that the U.S.-led coalition has pushed the Islamists out, the city's teachers face a dilemma: How do you reshape the minds of children who were taught to fight and kill?

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An Assault German's Favorite Pastime: Bombing of Team Bus Prompts Soul-Searching

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:37:00 +0200

The bomb attack on a German professional football team's bus this week had high symbolic impact, and some players felt used by the demand they play a rescheduled match one day later. The events have sparked a debate in Germany about the safety of famous athletes in the age of terror. By SPIEGEL Staff

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The Face of AfD: Frauke Petry's Turbulent Path to the Right

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:08:00 +0200

As the head of the Alternative for Germany, Frauke Petry hopes to bring the right-wing populist party into the German parliament for the first time. How did an East German chemist and entrepreneur with a pastor for a husband turn into one of the country's most-hated people?

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Turkey's Power Struggle: How Erdogan's Referendum Gamble Might Backfire

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:16:00 +0200

As the date of Turkey's referendum on whether to grant President Recep Erdogan sweeping presidential powers approaches, even long-time supporters are wavering. The country's leader may have overplayed his hand -- and a defeat could spell trouble.

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It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:14:00 +0200

In six months, Germany will go to the polls in a showdown between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz. One issue is set to dominate the campaign: What to do about the European Union. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Zig-Zagging on Syria: Trump's Foreign Policy Game

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:35:00 +0200

It could turn out that Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria was the right one. But thus far, he has no clear policy and there are several risks to his approach. One of them is the president himself.

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'Beyond a Red Line': The World at a Crossroads in Syria

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:23:00 +0200

The deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime this week triggered a significant retaliation by the United States. Does this open the door for a Western intervention in the murderous conflict? By SPIEGEL Staff

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Distorted Views: Pro-Erdogan Sites Take Aim at Critics in Germany

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:57:02 +0200

Websites like the Ottoman Generation and Muslim Mainstream have become gathering points for supporters of Erdogan in Germany. But they are also being used to incite hatred against the Turkish president's critics.

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Out of the Jungle: Colombia Tries to Tame FARC Guerillas

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:09:40 +0200

For 50 years, the Colombian guerilla group FARC fought for a leftist revolution. Now the group is laying down its weapons and the state is trying to transform the fighters into normal citizens. For many of them, that is more frightening than the war.

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Leaving Room for Second Thoughts: Experts Believe Exit from Brexit Would Be Legally Possible

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:48:00 +0200

Could the British government pull its Article 50 notification and halt the Brexit process in order to buy more time for negotiations? Legal experts believe that could be possible. The European Parliament has now applied stipulations to ensure that cannot happen.

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