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Distrust and Anger: Inside Germany's Rocky Coalition Talks
Preliminary talks to form a new government in Berlin, following the collapse of a previous effort, underscore the degree to which the power of the leaders of Germany's main political parties has eroded. Angela Merkel's own weakness is more apparent than ever.
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Football Leaks: Messi Foundation May Have Issued Illegal Donation Certificates to Barcelona 
Lionel Messi has already been convicted of tax evasion. New reporting by DER SPIEGEL suggests that the superstar's foundation also helped FC Barcelona to save on taxes. It wasn't legal.
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Fact-Check: Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?
Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site's reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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New Jersey Governor-Elect Murphy: 'Trump Has Already Done Tremendous Damage'
Philip Murphy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, will be sworn in as New Jersey governor on Tuesday. In an interview, he attacks Donald Trump and his political style. But he also strikes an optimistic note, saying: "We'll get through it."
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The Blight House: Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock Bottom
More controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House, with Donald Trump losing his temper over a book accusing him of being an ignorant, TV-addicted narcissist. The bad news, though, is that he's not going away anytime soon.
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Pollution Quiz: Where the Air Is Dirtiest
What means of transportation is the worst polluter? Where is the air particularly dirty? Explore our interactive quiz to learn more about the state of air pollution around the world.
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FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract
Why is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL Staff
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Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract
No football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks.
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Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government
An end to Germany's leadership vacuum may finally be in sight as Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats reached a preliminary agreement on Friday morning. But there are plenty of hurdles still left to clear.
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New Der SPIEGEL Cover explained: The Age of Fire and Fury
Humanity as a whole is being set back just because of one single Person. Where is the world supposed to start again if it manages to survive Donald Trump?
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New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes
Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt.
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Jihad on the Mediterranean?: 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'
Seven Muslim refugees from Africa were recently convicted in Italy of throwing Christians from a dinghy on the journey across the Mediterranean. Prosecutors say it was a crime of faith. But was it?
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The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently excluded from running against Vladimir Putin in the presidential election scheduled this March in Russia. The reason is clear: A real politician is unwelcome against the backdrop of the country's imitated democracy.
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Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'
In an interview, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urges Germany to pay greater attention to the future of the EU. He warns that there are no vacuums in international politics and that when the U.S. withdraws, Russia or China step in.
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The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead
Washington's move to abandon its global leadership role marks the end of Germany's foreign policy innocence. Berlin will soon be faced with difficult choices that could dent its moral standing.
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Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism
German right-wing populists are blasting a new law regulating hate postings on Twitter and Facebook, saying it destroys freedom of opinion in the country. But their tirades are misplaced.
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Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'
European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, 64, says in an interview with DER SPIEGEL that a United States of Europe is a worthwhile goal. He urges Germany to take French President Macron's proposals seriously -- and to form a government as soon as possible
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Free Money: Providing a Basic Income as Development Aid
It sounds like a dream: Poor villagers are handed money regularly every month, for several years, with no conditions attached. An American organization is currently testing the model in Kenya.
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Deep Sea: Nine Hours in the Deep
What's it like diving to the bottom of the sea, surrounded by darkness and cold and protected only by a 7.4-centimeter thick layer of titanium? An interactive expedition to the deep seas of Mexico's Guaymas Basin aboard the world-famous Alvin submarine.
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Country without a Government: Merkel's Difficult Road to a Coalition
Three months after the election, Germany is as far away from a governing coalition as ever and Social Democrats don't expect an agreement before Easter. Meanwhile, Germany's influence in the EU is on the wane. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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