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Eurozone Reform: The Sputtering German-French Motor

Once considered the motor of the European Union, the German-French partnership no longer has the clout it once did. That has recently become apparent in struggling efforts to reform the common

French Protests: Macron's Ghosts Return To Haunt Him

The protests by the yellow vests against French President Emmanuel Macron aren't showing any signs of letting up despite concessions made by the government. Where is this anger coming from?

Kramp-Karrenbauer's Win: Rough Road Ahead for the Merkel Dynasty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to hand over the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and on Friday she got her wish. But the party is deeply divided and

'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL

Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge

Global sea levels are rising steadily as a result of climate change and the IPCC believes the deluge has already begun. What will it mean for humankind? And what changes will this bring to our coasts

Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

Russia is adopting a new tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by cutting off the latter's access to its important ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to use

'It Was Rough': New Documents Emerge in Ronaldo Rape Allegations

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make his fans happy on the field. Off of it, however, things aren't looking so bright: A woman has accused him of raping her in 2009, and there is an extremely sensitive

Golden Age: A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD

All eyes are on the AfD's finances following reports of large donations from Switzerland and Holland. Now, reporting has revealed that the right-wing party has enjoyed big-money support from the very

Isle of Madness: A Series of Miscalculations Has Brought Britain to the Brink

Brexit was to allow the United Kingdom to reclaim its former glory. Instead, the country's leaders have bumbled their way into catastrophe. Built on a false premise from the start, the UK's move away

Anti-Doping Delay: FIFA's Foot-Dragging in an Investigation in Russia

Lawyer Richard McLaren was initially supposed to investigate widespread doping allegations in Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. But he was prevented from doing so by a top FIFA official.

Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

Do anti-doping rules apply equally to all players and teams? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2017, Sergio Ramos was tested for a substance prohibited in competition and caught the eye of

Interview with Suspected 9/11 Recruiter: 'I Didn't Know Anything, With God As My Witness.'

German national Mohammed Haydar Zammar has known them all: Osama bin Laden, the Hamburg terror cell that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and members of Islamic State. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he

Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

Special rules apply to female football players in the Women's Super League: If they get injured, their contract can be terminated after just three months. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

Hungry Like the Wolf: Turning a Football Team into a Money Machine

A rather astounding number of players represented by the agent Jorge Mendes play for the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club's manager is Mendes' business partner. Internal emails illuminate the

A Worn Out Welcome: Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

In 2012, Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Today, even as he faces the threat of a possible U.S. indictment, the new Ecuadorian leadership would like to

Distressed: Are Ships in the Med Ignoring Refugees in Distress?

Migrants are still trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. But ever since Italy has closed its ports to ships that have saved refugees from the waves, there are indications that some captains

Transfer Shenanigans: What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

When Paul Pogba briefly became the most expensive player in the world, his agent Mino Raiola earned a fortune. FIFA investigated, but ultimately dropped the case. Its reasons for doing so were

Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party

Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football

Representatives of private banks and investors regularly come knocking on football clubs' doors like traveling salesmen, because even some of the largest European teams frequently find themselves

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

In 2011, a Russian billionaire set out to rescue the ailing AS Monaco football club. He invested in top players and invited government, police and justice officials to matches. He handed out both