Pavel Filatyev took part in the invasion of Ukraine. The war shocked him so badly that he risked imprisonment to write an exposé about the moral problems he sees in Russia's military action. The soldier has since fled to France, where he has applied for asylum and is now sharing his story.
Romano Prodi is worried about the future of Italy and the EU after the election victory of post-fascist Giorgia Meloni. In an interview, he warns of a Rome-Budapest axis and explains how best to deal with the right wing.
The West never wanted to become a party to Russia's war against Ukraine. But Putin's annexation plans and his nuclear arsenal are now threatening that strategy. From this point on, restraint is the only responsible policy.
The search for the perpetrators has begun following Monday's sabotage attack on the Nord Stream pipelines. Which countries could have been behind it, and how secure is Europe's critical infrastructure at the bottom of the sea?
“Doing Our Part To Save the Climate" is the theme of this year's Social Design Award. A jury has now selected the 10 best entries. You can vote for your favorite for the Audience Prize between now and Oct. 10.
For years, the LGBTQI community has been gaining in visibility in Serbia, despite hostilities from the Orthodox community and nationalists. Now, the government is questioning the country's liberalization – out of political calculation.
Russian troops occupied the town of Balakliya for six months, before Ukrainian troops regained control earlier this month. During that period, say residents and investigators, torture and imprisonment of the locals was common.
Right-wing radical politician Giorgia Meloni appears poised to govern Italy with an absolute majority after Sunday's election. But the amount of leeway she has will depend on two partners who are unlikely to be easy to deal with: Matteo Salvini and Silvio Belusconi.
Inflation, a likely recession and exploding energy prices: Germany is expecting tough years ahead with diminishing prosperity, a shrinking middle class and growing inequality. This is uncharted territory for the government and society, and both are facing some difficult choices.
The German economy has long been rooted in the country's industrial prowess. But with energy prices skyrocketing, many companies face a murky future. Some have begun considering relocation, highlighting a possible long-term threat to the country's business model.
The EU prides itself on having welcomed Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion. But DER SPIEGEL reporting shows that some ruthless businessman are seizing the opportunity to exploit the refugees. Some cases seem close to human trafficking.
Abortion is illegal under any circumstance in the Philippines. For years, contraceptives were only available to women who are 18 or older. The results of those policies are quite visible in one quarter in Manila.
Russia's army was thought to be vastly superior. But Ukraine has nevertheless managed to secure an almost unbelievable coup, taking back huge swaths of territory in the northeast. Can Ukraine actually win?
The Russian economy probably isn't suffering as much as many had hoped from the West's punitive measures. But they are causing some sectors to lag far behind technologically. Vladimir Putin's army, in particular, has been hard hit by the sanctions.
Robert Ménard was once a leftist who helped found Reporters Without Borders. Now, his politics have slid far to the right – and he has become immensely popular far outside of the city where he is mayor. What does his success say about the rest of France?
The first German companies have begun throwing in the towel and consumption is collapsing in response to the fallout from exploding energy prices. The economy is sliding almost uncontrolled into a crisis that could permanently weaken the country.
With the election in Brazil approaching, public opinion polls indicate that incumbent Jair Bolsonaro could lose. But if he does, will he go quietly? Many in the country fear a replay of the violence seen in the United States when Donald Trump lost.
In an interview, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki argues that Berlin has been too tentative in Ukraine and misguided with its energy policies. He also reiterates his country's demand for World War II reparations and accuses the European Union of plotting against Warsaw.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck was on the verge of becoming a political superstar. But now, the Green Party heavyweight may be experiencing a meltdown in the face of the country's looming energy shortages – and his proposal to use nuclear power to bridge the gap if worse comes to worst.
European Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni is warning of an economic downturn in the coming months. In some countries, energy rationing may become necessary and new aid packages may ultimately be unavoidable.
The war in Ukraine threatens to upset the delicate peace in the Balkans. In a conversation with DER SPIEGEL, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama warns that Vladimir Putin is deliberately seeking to destabilize the region.
Since December, Laos has been home to a new high-speed rail connection connecting the capital to China. It is a boon for many in the poor, Southeast Asian country, but is it a luxury it can really afford?
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck wants to keep two nuclear power plants on standby to prevent electricity shortages this winter now that Putin has cut energy supplies. The Green Party will have to decide if it can reconcile this with the anti-atomic position that served as its genesis. Will the party revolt?
Ukraine is still in need of weapons and other equipment in its battle against Russia. But President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has launched an offensive in the southern part of the country, and thus far, it seems to be having an impact.
Internationally, war reporter Illia Ponomarenko is likely the best-known Ukrainian after President Volodymyr Zelenkskyy. The secret to his success is providing as much opinion as possible. But where does he draw the line between journalism and activism? A visit in Kyiv.
Ulrich Seidl is a star director in German-language cinema, and his latest film addresses pedophilia. Shortly before the film's premier, accusations have surfaced that children were exposed to violence and nudity on the set.
In August 2021, the Taliban captured Kabul. The capital city became a trap for thousands of Afghans and Germans. Berlin sent in Germany's armed forces to extract thousands of men, women and children. They had little time left.
One year ago, the government in Berlin had to prepare the harrowing, last-minute rescue of its diplomatic staff and hundreds of local hires in Afghanistan. When they arrived Kabul, Germany's armed forces experienced chaos and despair.
Russian secret service agencies have been targeting the West for years. They infiltrate computer systems, spy on politicians, conduct sabotage operations and even kill those who have fallen afoul of Moscow. Why did Germany wake up to the danger so late?
We were fortunate that Omicron turned out to be as mild as it has been, says BioNTech co-founder Uğur Şahin. In an interview, he says he expects that his company's adapted vaccine will be available in September, just in time for the first Oktoberfest to take place in Germany since the pandemic.
Over the course of several years, Katerina Tikhonova made numerous trips to Bavaria together with an entourage of bodyguards. DER SPIEGEL reporting has revealed that the German authorities knew nothing of the excursions.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping is hoping to create new markets for his country and establish his legacy with the New Silk Road project. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? Debts are mounting – and not only in China.
Many Russians have fled their country as a result of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. DER SPIEGEL reporter Timofey Neshitov, born and raised in St. Petersburg, recently visited his fellow compatriots in exile. A personal journey to the origin of evil.
DER SPIEGEL Moscow Correspondent Christian Esch has lived in the Russian capital for the past 14 years. But now even those familiar to him have become partly unrecognizable. Why, he asks, do so many people here support the war?
Kabul fell to the Taliban one year ago. Since then, DER SPIEGEL reporter Christoph Reuter has traveled to Afghanistan on several occasions. The situation is indeed grim, but in a different way than initially suspected.
Russia's military controls the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, one of the largest in the world. Several rockets have struck the site in recent days, but who’s firing them? A team of DER SPIEGEL journalists investigated.
According to a new survey from DER SPIEGEL, three quarters of all Germans want to continue the operations of Germany's remaining nuclear power plants, throwing into question the country's much-touted plan to phase out nuclear energy. Is the country about to make a U-turn on the issue?
Hamid Karzai isn't allowed to leave his country. DER SPIEGEL traveled to Kabul to his private office to interview the former Afghan president about the return of al Qaida in his country, the ban on education for women – and his fears for his own children.
Windows here are barricaded with sandbags and the sounds from the front are constantly rolling in. Still, many elderly residents of the Donetsk region have stayed here because they trust Russia more than their own government, despite Vladimir Putin's war of aggression. Why?