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SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

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Published: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:19:31 +0200

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Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:18:32 +0200

Violations of EU agreements have become more the rule than the exception and now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to put a stop to the practice. But the move seems predestined to deepen Brussel's dispute with Poland and Hungary.

Countering the Populists: Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:04:26 +0200

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy.

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Playing with Fire: Trump Risks New Conflagration in Middle East

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:42:00 +0200

U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear last week that he is close to withdrawing from the Iran accord unless Iran agrees to make changes. His chances for success are slim - and his blustering risks a dangerous escalation. By DER SPIEGEL staff

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Shadow Brexit Minister Starmer: 'Theresa May Engages in Doublespeak on Brexit'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:58:00 +0200

On the issue of Brexit, the Labour Party finds itself in an advantageous position as Prime Minister Theresa May's government struggles to find unity. In an interview, Keir Starmer, Brexit minister in the shadow cabinet, speaks of the possibility that Brexit talks might fail as well as his pity for the prime minister.

The Ocampo Affair: Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Weighed Down by Predecessor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:36 +0200

Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda insisted recently that she has had no recent interaction with her predecessor Luis Ocampo, who finds himself mired in scandal. But documents seen by DER SPIEGEL indicate that she may not have been telling the truth.

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Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'We Need to Develop Political Heroism'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:13:00 +0200

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, French President Emmanuel Macron talks about his first months in office, elaborates on his plans for Europe and discusses his developing relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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One Year After Hurricane Matthew: 'We Weren't Really Prepared'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0200

One year ago, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti killing hundreds of people and destroying countless buildings. The country's already fragile health care system collapsed. Medical professionals talk about the day the storm hit.

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Austrian Gambler: The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:41:23 +0200

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz could become his country's next chancellor on Sunday. The politician is conservative and vain, but also adroit. What would the 31-year-old's election mean for the country?

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Seven Months with Martin Schulz: The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:08:49 +0200

When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel.

Interview with Novelist Mohammed Hasan Alwan: Saudi Arabia 'Might Become a Totally Different Country'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:51:00 +0200

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, the winner of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, tells DER SPIEGEL about his new novel about Sufi saint Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi and whether his homeland is heading for a more liberal future.

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Exploring the 'Bullshit Castle': Airbus Corruption Scandal May Lead Straight to the Top

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:47:46 +0200

A potentially vast corruption scandal threatens to overrun Airbus, with a Paris-based sales group suspected of having paid bribes around the world. German CEO Tom Enders is leading the clean-up effort, but documents reveal that he might not be as spotless as he claims. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

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Wanting to 'Make Some More Millions': Ocampo's Offshore Companies

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:51:43 +0200

Former International Criminal Court chief Luis Moreno Ocampo owned offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens. What was their purpose?

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The Ocampo Affair: A Former ICC Chief's Dubious Links

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:51:00 +0200

Luis Moreno Ocampo hunted the world's worst war criminals and brought them to trial at the International Criminal Court. But internal documents show that he allowed himself to be exploited by a Libyan to protect him from investigation and that he took money from the billionaire.

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Greener Living: Vote for Your Favorite Urban Oases

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:08:00 +0200

How do we want to live in the future? The Social Design Award has selected a shortlist of urban development projects focusing on plants in the city. Now it's your turn to decide which finalist will receive the 2,500-euro audience award.

A Nation in Denial: When Is the Right Time to Discuss Gun Control?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:18:09 +0200

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump once again echoed an NRA talking point, saying that now wasn't the appropriate time to discuss gun control. If America doesn't face up to some inconvenient truths, that time will never come.

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Never Fear!: Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:05:01 +0200

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example.

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Merkel's Challenge: Can Germany Make an Unwieldy Coalition Work?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:12:00 +0200

With the Social Democrats uninterested in governing with Angela Merkel again, the chancellor is faced with the prospect of assembling a coalition involving four different political parties. The challenges are significant. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

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Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:34:00 +0200

A student from Germany followed her husband to Syria to join Islamic State. Now the 29 year old is stuck in an Iraqi army camp for prisoners of war with her three children as she awaits her fate: either a return to Germany or draconian punishment.

'Neither a Plan A or a Plan B': What Strategy is London Pursuing with Brexit Talks?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:08:35 +0200

For weeks, the Brits and the Europeans have been talking at cross purposes in the Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May gave a major speech in Florence last week, but the mistrust is still deep.

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Unwanted Colleagues: Other Parties Mull Best Way To Deal with AfD

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:30:00 +0200

The populist Alternative for Germany will soon be entering the country's parliament. It's a breakthrough for the far-right and the end of an era. The question now is whether lawmakers should sideline them -- or will that just make a difficult situation worse? BY DER SPIEGEL Staff

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