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

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 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...


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

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 ]


Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

Playing Doctor with Watson Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

IBM has big plans for how its Watson artificial intelligence software could change the medical industry. But a number of hospitals have ended their experiments with the platform, arguing that it doesn't help diagnose or treat diseases. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

Shifting Overseas Route: Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Shifting Overseas Route Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Matchmakers: China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

The Matchmakers China's 200 Million Singles Are a Big Business

Many people in China who want to get married are having trouble finding a partner. The country's decadeslong one-child policy led to the country having more young men than women, and their growing prosperity is making them pickier. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]