Victor's Logic Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

After seven years of war, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has three-quarters of the country back under his control. But with Western reconstruction funding still tied to his departure, the future is murky. By Christoph Reuter, Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner (Fotos) more... Comment ]

The End of the Bailout: Greece Is Back on the Grid, But Recovery Remains Elusive

The End of the Bailout Greece Is Back on the Grid, But Recovery Remains Elusive

On August 20, the third aid package for Greece will end, marking the end -- for now -- of the country's debt crisis. But the country's slow economic growth and grim demographic outlook mean that even without the onerous rules attached to its repayments, it faces an uphill battle. By Giorgos Christides and Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]


Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Interview with Afghan Pop Star Aryana Sayeed 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth -- and hunted by the Taliban. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl more... Video ]

The Looming Crisis: What If Iran Becomes the Next Syria?

The Looming Crisis What If Iran Becomes the Next Syria?

Donald Trump's Iran policy is a threat to European security. It's time for the EU to stand up to the U.S. president. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Christiane Hoffmann more...


Former Catalan President Puigdemont: 'I Don't Like Being in Exile'

Former Catalan President Puigdemont 'I Don't Like Being in Exile'

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont talks about fleeing Spain, his detention in Germany and the future of the independence movement. Interview Conducted By Helene Zuber and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Voting by Smartphone: Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

Voting by Smartphone Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

With the U.S. midterm election approaching, concerns about cybersecurity and Russian meddling are mounting. The state of West Virginia has chosen now, of all times, to introduce smartphone voting. By Angela Gruber and Patrick Beuth more... Comment ]


The Country of Hunger A State of Deep Suffering in Venezuela's Hospitals

Venezuela has the largest known oil reserves in the world, but under the leadership of Nicolas Maduro, its hospitals lack equipment, medicines, food, anesthetics and even pens. The doctors who remain face a daily struggle to treat patients with little more than hope. By Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

Satellite Image Quiz: Where Our Glaciers and Forests Are Disappearing

Satellite Image Quiz Where Our Glaciers and Forests Are Disappearing

Satellites are taking pictures of the Earth around the clock. The images show how our planet is changing -- both naturally and because of human influence. Test your knowledge! more... Comment ]


The Never-Ending Summer: Is Germany's Heat Wave a Preview of the Future?

The Never-Ending Summer Is Germany's Heat Wave a Preview of the Future?

Germany is currently experiencing a state of meteorological emergency. Although many are enjoying the scorching summer, the heat wave has left others with health problems and also led to a drought. Is this a preview of how climate change may soon change our lives? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]