Europe atĂ‚Â Its Ugliest: The Refugee Scandal on the Island of Lesbos
As winter arrives, the situation on the Greek island of Lesbos is unsustainable. Conditions at the refugee camps are horrific and island residents are tired of being left in the lurch by Athens and the EU. A visit to ground zero of European ignominy.
Hello? Anybody Home?: Germany's Voice Suddenly Missing in Brussels
After the German election, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for far-reachingĂ‚Â EU reforms. But with coalition talks having collapsed in Germany, Berlin suddenly has no voice. Some in Brussels are yearning for a return of the SPD.
Germany, Democracy and the World: The End of the End of History
The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.
Living in Shame: Helping Rape Victims Return to Life
Left incontinent after rape or a lack of medical care during pregnancy, thousands of African women are stigmatized and shunned each year. In some places, though, the situation is improving. A report from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Brown Coal, Fool's Gold: Can Germany Break Its Lignite Habit?
Can Germany finally turn its back on brown coal? It will have to in order to reach its CO2 reduction pledges. But lignite is a reliable source of cheap energy and provides lots of jobs in economically fragile regions.
Collapse: Germany Seeks to Pick Up the Pieces
With coalition talks having collapsed, the country and the continent are now wondering what happens next. Blame is being heaped on the FDP, but the party could end up suffering mightily. Germany and Europe, meanwhile, are the biggest losers. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
The Dreamers: Doubts about Brexit on the Rise in Britain
It has often been said that Brexit means Brexit. But does it? With Prime Minister Theresa May showing weakness and the negotiations dragging, some are hoping that Britain's departure from the EU can be warded off.
The collapse of coalition negotiations in Berlin is a win for political clarity in Germany. The parties involved would hardly have been able to govern effectively together. But it marks the end of Chancellor Merkel's style of governing.
German Meltdown: Everyone Loses in Coalition Collapse
After the collapse of the German coalition talks, the blame game has already begun. Yet all the parties bear responsibility for how the negotiations failed.
Collapsed Coalition Talks: What's Next for Merkel and Germany?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to assemble a governing coalition collapsed on Sunday night. Much of the blame is falling on the shoulders of the business-friendly Free Democrats, but what happens next?
War on Hunger: The Massive Logistical Challenge of Feeding the Starving
Risky air drops and truck deliveries across some of the most dangerous roads in the world: To tackle what is currently Africa's worst hunger crisis, the U.N. World Food Program is using all means at its disposal. Every month, the agency moves more than 25,000 tons of food in its war on hunger.
The Future of the SPD: Martin Schulz Faces a Fight for Survival
Germany's Social Democrats had a grim result in this year's federal elections. Now chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is battling for re-election asĂ‚Â SPD chairman. His quest isn't just about power, it's also about his legacy.
Germany's Next Government: Coalition Talks Go Into Overtime
Exploratory talks on forming a new government were supposed to have finished in Berlin on Thursday night. Instead, they have hit a wall, with parties continuing to squabble over key issues. Whether or not Angela Merkel can put together an alliance and avert fresh elections is becoming unclear.
A Country, Still Divided: Why Is theĂ‚Â FormerĂ‚Â East Germany Tilting Populist?
The Berlin Wall fell 28 years ago,Ă‚Â yet vast divisions remain between the former East and West of the country. In the recent election, the populist AfD party did particularly well inĂ‚Â theĂ‚Â eastern states.Ă‚Â But why? By DER SPIEGEL staff
War in Yemen: InĂ‚Â a Devastated Country, One City IsĂ‚Â Thriving Ă‚Â
The city of Marib in Yemen was long seen as an al-Qaida stronghold. But as the rest of the war-ravaged country descends ever deeper into chaos, it has become an unofficial capital with booming businesses and a popular university, a place poised between horror and hope.
#MeToo: The European Parliament'sĂ‚Â Sexual Harassment Problem
Sexual harassment has long been a fact of life in the European Parliament in Brussels. Recently, some women have begun speaking up. But the law-making body has been slow to address the problem.
Custom Brewed Lifestyle: TheĂ‚Â Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind
For decades, coffee was about as exciting as washing powder and detergent. But today it has become a lifestyle statement. The bean boom, though, hides the brutal economic realities behind coffee production. By DER SPIEGEL staff
Wolfgang Kubicki on Tax Havens: 'We Can Solve the Problem Unilaterally'
Wolfgang Kubicki of the business-friendly Free Democrats could end up being Germany's next finance minister. He spoke with DER SPIEGEL about what should be done about tax havens in the EU and further afield.
Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens
The Paradise Papers offer only the most recent look into the widespread practice of tax avoidance. Governments around the world have taken steps recently to block such strategies, but it is unclear whether they will ultimately be successful.
Paradise Looted: How Sicily Became Ungovernable
Italy's poorest region, Sicily, is the country's problem child. Now it has elected a new government. To fix the island, it will have to overcome corruption and widespread Mafia control - and figure out how to convince its population not to leave.