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Scent of Musk: The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's
So far, no cure has been found for Parkinson's. It is only possible to treat the symptoms. But a nurse in Scotland can smell the disease before it is diagnosed, and researchers are hoping she can help on the search for a breakthrough.
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Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It Was Impossible To Go On Living Like Before'
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev speaks about the fall of the Berlin Wall, why perestroika was unavoidable and the present-day relationship between the West and Russia.
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Interview with Robert Kagan: Permanence of Liberal Democracy 'Is an Illusion'
Prominent U.S. conservative Robert Kagan warns that it is time for Europe to "grow up." In an interview, he talks about Trump's stance on foreign policy, the crumbling liberal democratic consensus and the precarious future of Germany and the EU.
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Corruption and Cruise Ships: Montenegro's Scenic Coast Spoiled by Greed
Montenegro is the only country in the world to describe itself as "ecological" in its constitution. But the exploitation of its Adriatic coastline, where developers are given free rein, tells a different story.
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Freedom of Speech: Germany Struggles To Define Limits of What Can Be Said
A debate over the limits of free speech is exploding in Germany, with the left and the right seeking to outdo each other. The political debate has grown intense in this polarized country, but it's also more vital than ever. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Battle over the Defense Budget: Germany Remains Tepid on NATO 2-Percent Goal
U.S. President Donald Trump has been extremely critical of German defense spending. But in a midterm government report, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz successfully prevented an explicit pledge to increase the defense budget.
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Angela Merkel on the Fall of the Wall: 'I Wanted to See the Rockies and Listen to Springsteen'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was 35 when the Berlin Wall came down. In an interview, she speaks of her dreams as a citizen of East Germany, the divide between Germany's East and West and the rise of the populists during her tenure.
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Middle East Protests: Iran's Influence Could Lead to More Violence
The Arab Spring may have passed over Lebanon and Iraq eight years ago, but now protestors in both countries are taking to the streets to demand changes to the system. The regime in Iran is unlikely to sit idly by.
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Favela Ballet: Dance School Offers Girls a Future in Notorious Rio Slum
In one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous areas, one woman is using ballet to guide young girls away from a future of poverty and crime. But to keep her dance academy alive, she must constantly bend to the laws of the favela -- and contend with drug dealers and hostile politicians alike.
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The End of an Era: Will Tesla and Google Kill the German Car?
Threatened by entrepreneurs in California and by Chinese upstarts, German automakers are urgently trying to find their place in a new world of robots and electric cars. BMW, Daimler, Audi and VW set the standards for a century but have now fallen behind. By SPIEGEL Staff
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Outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: 'I Kissed Putin ... It Certainly Didn't Hurt Europe'
In an interview, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker discusses his regret over not fighting Brexit, the special rapport he established with Trump and the prospects for Ursula von der Leyen, his successor at the helm in Brussels.
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Tracking Baghdadi: The Hunt for the World's Most-Wanted Terrorist
For years, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the world's most-wanted terrorist. Last weekend, American elite soldiers managed to find and eliminate him in compound in northeastern Syria. How did he end up there?
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Elegance and Toughness: Christine Lagarde Brings a New Style to the ECB
Christine Lagarde is seeking to shake things up at the European Central Bank: better communication, a broader palette of issues and an examination of the instruments used by the bank. Will she also change monetary policy?
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Wolfgang Ischinger on Northern Syria: German Defense Minister's Proposal 'Deserves Recognition'
In an interview, Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the influential Munich Security Conference, praises the German defense minister for her push for a security corridor in northern Syria and explains why Vladimir Putin might even agree to it.
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War Games: German Syria Proposal a Risk for Merkel Ally
By proposing a security zone in northern Syria, Germany's defense minister has irked important allies in Berlin and taken international partners by surprise. It is a risky move and could determine whether she will succeed Merkel as chancellor. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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 'The Man Was a Twit': Historian Christopher Clark on the Hohenzollern Dispute
In what has grown into a major battle between the former royal family of Prussia and the state of Brandenburg, Germany, historian Christopher Clark prepared an expert opinion on behalf of the Hohenzolllerns. In an interview, he comments on the controversy that has unfolded around the legal altercation.
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'Counterfeits or Falsifications': German Investigators Say Argentine Nazi Finds Are Fakes
The Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires recently obtained alleged "Nazi treasures" seized by Argentinian police in 2017. The objects are set to go on display in December, despite the fact that German criminal investigators have concluded just about everything in the collection is fake.
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The Next Round in the Brexit Battle: Boris Johnson's Risky Election Gamble
Although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems incapable of governing, his advisers believe he will still win the battle over Brexit. He has called for new elections to take place in December as part of his strategy to force his opponents into a dirty election campaign.
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Handfuls of Data: The Ethical Minefield of Microchipping
Employees at the Swedish unit of the German travel conglomerate TUI are volunteering to have a microchip implanted in their hands. The technology literally opens doors, but also raises numerous ethical questions.
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Interview with House of Commons Speaker John Bercow: 'Parliament Has Stood Up For Itself'
John Bercow, the speaker in the British House of Commons, has become an international star thanks to his humor and turns of phrase. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL shortly before he steps down, he spoke about Boris Johnson, death threats and the future of the United Kingdom.
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