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NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?
Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government.
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Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era
Explosive narcissism and vulgar capitalism: It is impossible to engage in politics with this U.S. president. Europe should resist the temptation to fixate on Donald Trump and instead pursue its own goals. That's the lesson of a deeply disorienting week.
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Germany's Acute Nursing Shortage: My Nurse Named Mohamed
German retirement homes are having trouble finding geriatric nurses. To resolve the problem, they're looking for help from abroad, recently expanding that search to Africa. Is it a good strategy? And for whom?
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Fast Food Nation: Street Vendors Take on Multinationals To Fight India's Food Crisis
Food multinationals are quickly squeezing out traditional nutritious cooking in India, bringing in fast foods that are literally making people sick. Street vendors, day laborers as well as the rich and well-educated are fighting to save the country's cuisine. By Heike Le Ker (Text) and Maria Feck (Videos and Photos)
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'69 People on My 69th Birthday': Suicide Casts Doubts On German Deportation Policies
As Germany's interior minister joked about deporting 69 refugees on his birthday last week, news emerged that one of those Afghan deportees had committed suicide in Kabul. The man's treatment raises serious questions about the country's deportation policies. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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NSU Network: The Many Shortcomings of Germany's Neo-Nazi Terror Trial
The right-wing extremist terror cell known as the National Socialist Underground ultimately murdered 10 people. The trial ended last week, but plenty of questions remain about the group's numerous accomplices.
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Hamburg Refugee Helper: 'Integration Cannot Succeed Like This'
Christine Simon-Noll is active helping refugees in Hamburg's HafenCity neighborhood. She says it is getting much tougher to find volunteers. In an interview, she outlines what needs to happen in order to ensure successful integration.
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Friendly Fire: Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO
Germany used to be one of Washington's closest allies. But Donald Trump has singled the country out as his favorite target for criticism. The U.S. president continued to pursue that obsession this week, and came close to destroying NATO in the process. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Criticism of Israel or Blatant Anti-Semitism?: BDS Movement Sets Sights on German Cultural Festivals
The Middle East conflict has arrived in Germany in the form of boycotts against German cultural festivals. The development raises the question of where the line is crossed between criticizing Israel as a state and anti-Semitism.
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Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 81, is concerned about the possibility of a new rise of fascism in the world. But she remains confident in the strength of liberal democracy and its institutions.
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Migration Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know about Immigration?
Do you know what country attracts the most immigrants? What about the most popular destination for German emigrants? Test your knowledge about migration.
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Two Minutes of Happiness: A Failed Journey on the African Migrant Trail
Majid Diallo set off for Europe carrying the expectations of his friends, family and village. But he didn't make it. His story is one of struggle, imprisonment, several brushes with death -- and an excruciating return home.
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Europe's Next Test Case: A Journey Down Austria's Path to the Right
With a right-wing extremist party in government again, a major experiment is currently taking place in Austria -- one that may test the endurance of democracy in Western Europe. A visit to a country that appears unable to come to terms with its own history as it lurches to the right.
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A Disaster Foretold: NATO Prepares for a Trumper Tantrum
NATO is preparing for a contentious summit this month, primarily due to the posturing by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the meeting. He has made it clear that he is unhappy - and Berlin is target number one. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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With Friends Like These ...: Inside the Battle that Almost Brought Down Merkel
From the outside, the internecine battle between Germany's two conservative parties looked rather absurd. From the inside, though, it became clear it was all about one man's desire to finally get revenge on Angela Merkel.
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Crisis in Berlin: The End of German Politics As We Know It
With his threat to resign on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer dramatically increased the chances that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government might collapse. And he may have sounded the death knell of Germany's party system as well.
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Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump has set his sights squarely on the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Even its critics are worried that without the organization, the world of trade would revert to the law of the jungle.
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Interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky: 'I Believe Putin Is Capable of Change'
In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former Russian oligarch and regime critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks about the importance of the World Cup for Moscow's reputation and of a possible end to the Putin era.
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Italian Interior Minister Salvini: 'Within a Year, We'll See if a United Europe Still Exists'
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to prevent any more migrants from coming to Italy and is skeptical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to come up with a joint European solution. DER SPIEGEL spoke with him in Rome.
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'We Cannot Be Stopped': Merkel's Toughest Adversary in Europe
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is a populist and a firebrand, but also a fearless tactician. His hardline approach to migration threatens not only Angela Merkel's tenure as chancellor, but also the entire EU.
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