SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria (Mo, 20 Feb 2017)
With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state.
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Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself (Fr, 17 Feb 2017)
Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey.
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NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending (Fr, 17 Feb 2017)
Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal.
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History Repeating: The Greatest Threat to Security Since WWII (Fr, 17 Feb 2017)
NATO is in danger and the West is losing its cohesion. Lessons of the past warn us to stand tall against those seeking to unravel a global security framework that has kept us safe since World War II.
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Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine (Fr, 17 Feb 2017)
The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible.
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Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem' (Fr, 17 Feb 2017)
The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe.
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Schulz versus Merkel: The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany (Do, 16 Feb 2017)
The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis.
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Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle (Mi, 15 Feb 2017)
Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures.
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Climate Change in Germany: Merkel Might Lose After All (Di, 14 Feb 2017)
With just six months until Germans go to the polls, Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks. By SPIEGEL Staff
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Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview (Di, 14 Feb 2017)
Britain's Daily Mail is infamous for spreading hatred and fear. The newspaper has become even more shrill following Brexit. Wikipedia banned use of the publication as a reference last week, but the decision is unlikely to change much.
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The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption (Mo, 13 Feb 2017)
Romania finds itself gripped by the largest protests since 1989 as the country rallies against corruption. The pro-EU demonstrators are young, organize via social media and are targeting the country's political elite.
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The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen (Fr, 10 Feb 2017)
In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen?
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Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service (Fr, 10 Feb 2017)
Propaganda spreads faster on social media than serious information and we've just experienced what an election looks like in the post-factual world. The European Union should launch its own broadcasting channel to counter the lies, draw Europe together and defend democracy.
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'Achilles Heel': Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins (Do, 09 Feb 2017)
With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences.
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SPIEGEL Interview with Martin Schulz: 'The Trump Approach Will Never Be Our Approach' (Mi, 08 Feb 2017)
Martin Schulz, the former president of European Parliament, is now running against Angela Merkel for the German Chancellery. SPIEGEL speaks with him about populism, the stability of democracy and Donald Trump.
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Trump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point (Di, 07 Feb 2017)
Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's DER SPIEGEL, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal democracy.
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'America First': Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy (Mo, 06 Feb 2017)
Is Donald Trump in the process of transforming the United States into an autocracy? His first weeks in office make it look as though that is his aim. The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America. By SPIEGEL Staff
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Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President (So, 05 Feb 2017)
The United States president is becoming a danger to the world. It is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses.
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This Week's SPIEGEL: The Pain of a Donald Trump Presidency (Sa, 04 Feb 2017)
"America first" has been the order of the day for the past two weeks since Donald Trump became the new U.S. president and divided his country. What do we know about his inner circle? And what role does Steve Bannon, his chief ideologist, play? A preview of this week's issue by Klaus Brinkbäumer.
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Poverty and Prosperity in Kenya: Neighbors Across the Divide (Fr, 03 Feb 2017)
They are the same age and both have families and the same goals in life. But Francis Mwangi lives in a corrugated metal shack while Johan Kiharu owns a mansion with a swimming pool. A look at the lives of two men symbolizing a deeply unhealthy society. A Multimedia Story from Nairobi by Christoph Titz (Text) and Johnny Miller (360-Degree Photos and Drone Videos)
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