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Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

Every day, children from the Salaheddin district of Aleppo meet at the local playground. They play war as the real one rages just a few meters away. But the graves are slowly encroaching. By Christoph Reuter in Aleppo, Syria more... Comment ]



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The Radical Pragmatist Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. The former Polish leader could become a key voice in the crisis with Russia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Relations at Rock Bottom Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Summit of Failure How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Emperor's New Clothes Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

Construction on Berlin's new city palace is continuing apace, but organizers lack the money necessary for the structure's Baroque facade. Even worse, the Berlin city-state may back out of the project. By Sven Becker and Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Students of Death Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

A group of Belgium's leading practitioners of euthanasia recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial to learn more about death and humanity. The trip proved to be just as controversial for the doctors as it did insightful. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Teeth and Bones Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Most murders don't even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between politics, law enforcement and organized crime. And it shows how weak the state has become. By Marian Blasberg and Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

Dr. Web German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

Dr. Web: German Medical Start-Ups Aim to Digitalize Healthcare

A new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that is gripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heartbeat or analyze potential skin conditions to augment normal healthcare. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]