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Interview on Microplastics: 'Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain' (Di, 22 Jan 2019)
Microplastics are everywhere, but nobody really knows what dangers they might present once they enter the human body. British toxicologist Rosemary Waring says that 250 million tons of the stuff will be in our oceans by 2025.
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'More Work to Do': German Economy Prepares for No-Deal Brexit (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
A no-deal Brexit threatens to have a major impact on the European economy. Companies have long since begun making concrete preparations for an eventuality that is looking increasingly likely.
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Britain's Brexit Dithering: It's Time to Let the UK Go (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
With this week's vote in parliament, it's clear that the British aren't close to clarifying their future relationship with Europe, or even knowing what they want. It might be best if we let them figure that out on their own, outside the European Union.
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Irreconcilable Differences: A Divided Britain Faces a No-Deal Brexit (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Can Britain still regain control? After weeks of power struggles and an historic parliamentary defeat for the prime minister, it is unclear if the UK can still agree on a Brexit deal. Or whether a no-deal departure has become inevitable.
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Budapest Raid: Football Leaks Whistleblower Arrested (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Portuguese authorities have accused a 30-year-old of attempted blackmail and data theft. Authorities have demanded the detainee's extradition to Portugal, a move his lawyers are seeking to prevent.
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Swath of Destruction: New Brazilian President Takes Aim at the Amazon (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian president, wants to open up protected indigenous territories in the Amazon rain forest to mining, cattle ranching and farming. The decision could be a fateful one for the global climate.
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May's Brexit Debacle: Britain Finally Confronts Reality (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by parliament, it is time for the European Union to concentrate on preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Because a deal with the UK is not currently possible.
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Saving a Memorial: The Immense Challenge of Preserving Auschwitz (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
Conservators at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial are doing all they can to preserve artifacts left behind by those murdered at the camp in the Holocaust. Structures, too, need refurbishment. But the goal of authenticity is a difficult one to reach.
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Isolated in Berlin: Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany (Fri, 11 Jan 2019)
Since arriving in Berlin as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell has flouted diplomatic conventions and attempted to interfere in domestic politics. He has since become politically isolated in the German capital.
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German Foreign Minister Maas: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment' (Fri, 11 Jan 2019)
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America's rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He's hoping to save the INF.
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Former Brexit Minister David Davis: 'We Should Not Be Afraid of No Deal' (Fri, 11 Jan 2019)
In an interview, former British cabinet minister David Davis says he believes the Brexit deal between the EU and Britain will ultimately fail. The politician also expresses doubts about the predicted chaos that could spark.
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Monsanto Merger Migraine: Safe Or Not, Roundup Is Toxic for Bayer (Thu, 10 Jan 2019)
German multinational Bayer underestimated the risks of acquiring Monsanto. Now, the company is desperately seeking to contain the damage by selling business divisions and cutting jobs. So far, though, none of these moves have helped.
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Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council (Thu, 10 Jan 2019)
Germany is once again part of the UN Security Council for a two-year stint. But the council's inability to put a stop to the violence in Syria and Yemen in recent years shows the need for reform is more urgent than ever. Can Berlin make a difference?
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End of the Boom: Germany Prepares for an Economic Downturn (Tue, 08 Jan 2019)
Clouds are gathering on the horizon of the global economy and the risk of a recession is growing. Many experts believe that the international banking system is unprepared and Germany has begun getting ready for the worst.
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Claas Relotius Affair: The Lessons We Are Drawing (Mon, 07 Jan 2019)
Claas Relotius deceived the readers and staff of DER SPIEGEL. But we as a company also failed to a considerable extent and action will be taken to rectify shortcomings.
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Relotius Case: Commission of Veteran Journalists to Review DER SPIEGEL's Procedures (Mon, 07 Jan 2019)
As part of the response the Relotius affair, the editor-in-chief and management of DER SPIEGEL have appointed a commission of three experienced journalists to review the company's in-house quality assurance procedures and failures of its systems to safeguard those standards. They are to report their findings publicly.
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Avi Loeb on the Mysterious Interstellar Body 'Oumuamua: 'Thinking About Distant Civilizations Isn't Speculative' (Mon, 07 Jan 2019)
Astronomer Avi Loeb believes that the interstellar object dubbed 'Oumuamua could actually be a probe sent by alien beings. Given the evidence that has so far been gathered, he says, it is a possible conclusion to draw.
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The Year of Populism: Europe's Right Wing Takes Aim at the EU (Fri, 04 Jan 2019)
Right-wing populist parties in Europe have been gaining strength for years. Now, they hope to use European Parliament elections in May as a springboard for gaining greater influence in the EU. Surveys indicate they may be successful. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Women in Startups: 'The Most Successful Teams Are Diverse Teams' (Fri, 04 Jan 2019)
The startup world is known for being dominated by men. With The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, entrepreneur and investor Sarah Chen wants to change this by channeling $1 billion towards women-led and gender-diverse projects.
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Fergus Falls: A Fantastic Town (Sun, 23 Dec 2018)
Fergus Falls in Minnesota is one of the places Claas Relotius spread untruths about. A visit to a small town where the only thing left for a DER SPIEGEL reporter to do is apologize.
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