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Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

January 13, 2018, 08:32 AM

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. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

Grand Coalition Redux: Progress for Merkel In Search for a Government

January 12, 2018, 07:01 PM

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. By Florian Gathmann more... Comment ]

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

January 12, 2018, 06:00 PM

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. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Jihad on the Mediterranean? 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

Jihad on the Mediterranean? 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

January 11, 2018, 03:22 PM

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? By Fiona Ehlers more...

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

January 09, 2018, 11:48 AM

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. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

Germany's Foreign Minister: 'We Are Seeing What Happens When the U.S. Pulls Back'

January 08, 2018, 09:44 AM

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. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

January 05, 2018, 10:11 AM

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. By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

Germany's New Hate Speech Law: Populists Fight for Their Right to Racism

January 04, 2018, 06:29 PM

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. By Hussein Ahmad, Melanie Amann, Sven Röbel and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

Commissioner Oettinger on EU Reform: Macron Ideas 'An Excellent Basis for Discussion'

January 03, 2018, 05:43 PM

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 Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Deep Sea: Nine Hours in the Deep

Deep Sea: Nine Hours in the Deep

December 27, 2017, 12:29 PM

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. A Visual Story By Alexander Epp more...