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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Daily news, analysis and opinion from Europe's leading newsmagazine and Germany's top news Web site.

Published: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:30:46 +0100

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Arms for Hostage?: Berlin Weighs Tank Deal with Turkey to Free Journalist

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:28:00 +0100

Officially, Germany insists it wants no part of any kind of trade-off with Turkey in its effort to free imprisoned journalist Deniz Yücel. Behind the scenes, though, a tank deal could be taking shape.

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Refugee Reversal: Merkel's Got Some Explaining To Do

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:10:44 +0100

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has completely reversed her refugee policies without bothering to tell German voters why she has done so. Such imperiousness is a common problem for those who have been in office for too long.

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Leo's Secret Society: The Shady World of Messi's Charitable Foundation

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:25:48 +0100

Documents from the Football Leaks whistleblowing platform have raised serious questions about Lionel Messi's charitable foundations -- from annual reports filed years after the fact to the granting of possibly illegal tax exemptions to donors. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

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Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:38:41 +0100

Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever.

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Football Leaks: Messi Foundation May Have Issued Illegal Donation Certificates to Barcelona 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:03:18 +0100

Lionel Messi has already been convicted of tax evasion. New reporting by DER SPIEGEL suggests that the superstar's foundation also helped FC Barcelona to save on taxes. It wasn't legal.

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Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:59:00 +0100

Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

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

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:49:20 +0100

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."

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

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:37:00 +0100

More controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House, 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.

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Pollution Quiz: Where the Air Is Dirtiest

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:47:22 +0100

What means of transportation is the worst polluter? Where is the air particularly dirty? Explore our interactive quiz to learn more about the state of air pollution around the world.

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

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:08:00 +0100

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

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

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:32:22 +0100

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.

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Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:01:35 +0100

An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear.

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:10:00 +0100

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?

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

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0100

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.

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Jihad on the Mediterranean?: 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:22:02 +0100

Seven Muslim refugees from Africa were recently convicted in Italy of throwing Christians from a dinghy on the journey across the Mediterranean. Prosecutors say it was a crime of faith. But was it?

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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:48:00 +0100

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.

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Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:44:56 +0100

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in.

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The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:11:00 +0100

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.

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Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:29:47 +0100

German right-wing populists are blasting a new law regulating hate postings on Twitter and Facebook, saying it destroys freedom of opinion in the country. But their tirades are misplaced.

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Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:43:00 +0100

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, 64, says in an interview with DER SPIEGEL that a United States of Europe is a worthwhile goal. He urges Germany to take French President Macron's proposals seriously -- and to form a government as soon as possible

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