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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: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:32:10 +0200

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The Way Forward after Dieselgate: 'We Will Do Everything to Bring VW Back'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:15:43 +0200

Volkswagen is struggling. The diesel emissions scandal, slim profit margins and a leadership shake-up have challenged the automobile company. SPIEGEL sat down with senior members of the family, Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michel Piëch, to discuss the path out of the disaster.

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'Reichsbürger' Shooting: An Anti-Government Group Turns Violent

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0200

After a series of increasingly violent encounters between German authorities and Reichsbürger, a group that rejects the legitimacy of the German government, officials are concerned that they are radicalizing -- and turning from a nuisance into a threat. By SPIEGEL Staff

On the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:11:00 +0200

The battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis -- incluing chemical weapons.

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Space Odyssey: A New Technology for Following Songbirds

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:14:00 +0200

There are 1.6 billion songbirds in Europe and half of them fly south for the winter. Scientists would like to follow them -- using sensors attached to the International Space Station. But keeping up isn't easy.

Interview with Rafael Nadal: 'Tennis Is a Lesson in Self-Control'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:32 +0200

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam tournaments and is still a force to be reckoned with. Recently, he opened a tennis academy to train the next generation of players. SPIEGEL spoke with him about the academy, the modern game and his plans for the future.

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A Candidate Unhinged: Trump Targets the Essence of America

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:02:46 +0200

To be American means to believe in the Constitution: This narrative, despite its obvious flaws, has kept the country together over the centuries. Now, though, Donald Trump is presenting an altogether different identity for the United States. And the consequences are potentially horrific.

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Child of Israel: A Terrorist, a Killing and the Search for Justice

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:01:52 +0200

In March, Israeli soldier Elor Azaria killed a wounded Palestinian attacker. After a video of the event surfaced, the military put Azaria on trial. But for many in the country, he is a hero. Who is right?

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Rapprochement or Penalties?: Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:42:54 +0200

Russian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Overflowing Camps: EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Dying in the Greek Islands

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:57:51 +0200

Ever since the failed military putsch in Turkey, the number of refugees making the trip across the Aegean to Greece has been rising again. The camps on the islands are full and the EU-Turkey deal is in danger of collapse.

Foiled Islamist Attack in Germany: A Terrorist, Three Heroes and a Bumbling Judiciary

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 18:16:00 +0200

Jaber al-Bakr was allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Berlin. But then he was captured, tied up and turned into the police by three Syrian refugees. SPIEGEL spoke with the trio and with al-Bakr's brother to learn more about the case -- one which ended with al-Bakr's suicide and questions about the German judiciary. By SPIEGEL Staff

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Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Kitsch King's Palaces Get a Facelift

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:47:00 +0200

Bavaria's King Ludwig II is largely remembered for the numerous fairytale palaces he built in the Alpine foothills of Bavaria, including Neuschwanstein castle. Now, though, many of them are in need of serious restoration work. And it's not going to be easy.

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Short List for the Social Design Award: We Want to Know What You Think!

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:50:00 +0200

With this year's Social Design Award, given out by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN, we sought out inspiring ideas for improving our streets. The submissions have now been narrowed down to a short list of the 10 best entries -- and now it's time for SPIEGEL ONLINE readers to vote for the one that will take home the audience prize.

Cold Britannia: Searching for the True Britain

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:38 +0200

What happened to Britain? It's a question many Europeans are currently asking. I traveled through the country on the search for answers -- and found a deeply divided land.

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Battle for Kunduz: The Taliban Erases Western Gains in Afghanistan

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:14:59 +0200

The Taliban has carried out repeated raids on Kunduz in northern Afghanistan despite ongoing Western presence in the country As the situation has deteriorated, locals have become caught between two fronts -- and the future of the country is at stake.

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Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:52:00 +0200

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff

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Attack Plans in Germany: Refugees Celebrate Capture of Terror Suspect

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +0200

Syrian refugees on Sunday night captured a man suspected of planning a terror attack in Germany, tied him up and turned him over to police. As information about his plans continues to emerge, Syrians in Germany are celebrating the man's capture.

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Sheikh Up: Qatari Investors Eyeing Control of Deutsche Bank

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:29:37 +0200

Strategic errors, massive fines and attacks by speculators have created a major crisis for Germany's most important bank. Now, investors from Qatar, who already own some 10 percent of Deutsche Bank, are considering taking control.

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The Hate Factory: When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:09:43 +0200

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free.

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A Legacy of East Germany: Where Does the Hate Come From?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:46:59 +0200

Hatred of refugees is widespread in Germany, but it seems particularly prominent in the eastern half of the country. There are several reasons for that, and many of them stem from life under communism -- and unfulfilled expectations afterwards.

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Masoud's Revenge: Syrian Refugee Helps Germans Hunt Down IS

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:50:15 +0200

As a prisoner of Islamic State in Syria, journalist Masoud Aqil suffered torture and death threats. Now in Germany, he is helping law enforcement officials hunt down former IS members who came to Europe as refugees.