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A Child Prodigy's Fate: Jadon Sancho's Path to the Bundesliga
Young English football star Jadon Sancho is electrifying the Bundesliga, Germany's top league. Manchester City spent years trying to secure the player for the long term, even apparently resorting to irregular payments. But he landed in Germany nonetheless.
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Weakened NATO: Europe's Immense Security Challenges in the Age of Trump
The trans-Atlantic alliance has been significantly weakened, forcing Europe to build up its own security structures without inflicting even more damage on NATO. Is such a thing even possible?
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Running On Empty: Germany Lags Behind Asia in E-Car Battery Race
The Chinese conglomerate CATL wants to build Europe's largest electric car battery plant near Erfurt, Germany. Having failed to build a gigafactory of their own, German carmakers are worried the project represents a mortal threat.
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The Merkel Stain: Chancellor Unwelcome in Upcoming Campaigns
Chancellor Angela Merkel may still be the most popular politician in Germany. But with state elections looming this year in eastern Germany, she is not a welcome guest on the campaign trail. She remains persona non grata in the east.
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Franco-German Fragility: Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris
France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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SPIEGEL ONLINE Reader Competition: How Do We Want To Live?
Alone or together? Old and young? Cooperation instead of isolation? For the Social Design Award, we're seeking the best ideas for new ways of living and forward-oriented architecture.
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2019 Social Design Award: Good Ideas for How We Want To Live
The theme of this year's Social Design Award, presented by SPIEGEL ONLINE and SPIEGEL WISSEN for the sixth time, is about how we want to live, what new forms of living there are and the architecture that is necessary to make this happen.
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Arrests in Germany: Syrian Torturers Face Justice in Europe
In a first, German authorities have arrested two men accused of being part of the Syrian regime's torture apparatus. Thousands of Syrian residents, and even German citizens, have been caught in Assad's jails, which have been the sites of widespread human rights abuses.
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Prisoners of Their Own Rebellion: The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran
Members of the Trump administration have been providing support to a political sect that aims to topple the Iranian regime in Tehran. Around 2,000 of its members live in a camp in Albania. Former members say it subjected followers to torture and psychological terror.
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Four Billion More: What to Do About Massive Population Growth
The populations in the poorest countries on earth are doubling every few decades. That necessarily leads to conflict over scarce resources such as land, food and work -- and to more migration to Europe. But there are solutions.
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Bratwurst and Beer: German Football Struggles to Keep Up with Premier League Glitz
Ahead of the Champions League matches between English and German teams, experts are gushing about the fantastic talent and marketing potential of the Premier League clubs. But why? The Bundesliga has much more to offer than just entertainment.
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Vexed in Vittel: French Town Becomes a Focal Point in War over Water
A battle is brewing in Vittel over Nestlé. The groundwater is running low in the French spa town and the multinational conglomerate is fighting for its rights to the commodity -- and for its reputation.
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Interview with Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes: 'Trump Is Just Tearing Things Down'
Ben Rhodes was a key adviser in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. With his memoir now being published in German, DER SPIEGEL spoke with him about the Donald Trump presidency, America's diminished role in the world and Obama's Middle East policy.
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Archive Debate: Angela Merkel Quits Facebook -- And Raises Concerns
Angela Merkel's decision to take her Facebook account, with its 2.5 million followers, offline has baffled some members of the German government and raised questions about whether her decision will obscure an important part of the historical record.
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Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany
The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing.
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Interview with Kenneth Clarke on Brexit: 'We Can't Carry On Being So Insane'
In an interview, former British government minister Kenneth Clarke, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, discusses the destructive force of Brexit and the "fanatics" inside his own Conservative Party, who he believes are still seeking revenge against Margaret Thatcher.
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The Steele Papers: Dossier at Heart of Trump Scandal Still Dogs President
At the heart of Donald Trump's Russia scandal is a mysterious dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent. Many of the suspicions in the papers have been confirmed and have hounded his presidency for two years now.
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Interview with The New York Times Publisher A. G. Sulzberger: 'To Produce Good Journalism, There Are No Shortcuts'
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, discusses his public spat with President Trump, the erosion of trust in the media and the challenge of adapting a 167-year-old institution to the changing times.
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Arms Race: Will Europe Be Victim of Nuclear Power Plays?
U.S. President Trump has accused Russia of violating the INF arms control treaty and has suspended the pact, firing the starting gun on a new high-tech arms race. NATO is caught in the middle of what's been described in Berlin as the "Trump-Putin problem." By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Interview with Football Leaks Whistleblower Pinto: 'This Football Mafia Is Everywhere'
In an interview, Rui Pinto, the Portuguese man who kept the industry in suspense over revelations from Football Leaks, discusses his life in anonymity, the explosive power of his documents and accusations that he is a hacker. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann, Hendrik Maassen (NDR), Yann Philippin (Mediapart), Nino Seidel (NDR) and Michael Wulzinger
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