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Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]




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Botched Execution The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

Botched Execution: The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection

The horrific execution of Clayton Lockett by lethal injection this spring in Oklahoma took an astonishing 43 minutes to complete. Together with other botched killings, the incident has focused attention on the inexperience and incompetence that now accompanies many executions in America. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Islamic State Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home. Now the country's court system is gearing up for the coming legal battles -- and facing myriad challenges. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

King Alex The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement

King Alex: The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is the architect of the independence referendum. This week could mark his biggest political triumph to date. Yet many Scots are wary of Salmond, believing him to be self-satisfied and arrogant. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Islamic State in Iraq 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad. Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Treasure Map The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms

Treasure Map: The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms

According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet, including end-user devices. In pursuing that goal, they have broken into networks belonging to Deutsche Telekom. By Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Christian Grothoff more... Video | Comment ]

Proposal from Oklahoma Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

Proposal from Oklahoma: Could Nitrogen Asphyxiation Replace Lethal Injection?

There have been several botched executions by lethal injection this year, turning many Americans against the death penalty. Now an Oklahoma politician wants to put death-row convicts to death using a new method: nitrogen asphyxiation. By Markus Feldenkirchen  in Oklahoma City more... Video | Comment ]

Europe's Deadly Borders An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!' The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

'Snow! Snow! Get Moving!': The Lethal Lure of Mont Blanc

Every year, some 30,000 people attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, and a shocking number die on the mountain. The reason, say locals, is overcrowding, foolhardiness and a lack of respect for the White Lady. By Lukas Eberle and Victoria Weidemann more... Comment ]