The Emergence of Homo Sapiens: 'Those Who Obeyed the Rules Were Favored by Evolution'

The Emergence of Homo Sapiens 'Those Who Obeyed the Rules Were Favored by Evolution'

British anthropologist Richard Wrangham believes our humanity began with the murder of a tyrant. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he explains why homo sapiens are so murderous, while also being among the most peaceful species. Interview Conducted By Johann Grolle more...

An Epidemic and a War: Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against Ebola

An Epidemic and a War Doctors Face Two Enemies in Fight Against Ebola

The second-largest outbreak of Ebola in history is ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. But as humanitarian organizations and the Congolese government struggle to fight the virus, they find themselves thwarted by the very people they are trying to help. By Fritz Schaap and Sergio Ramazzotti (Photos) more... Comment ]


Cursed and Sold: Voodoo Spells and Forced Prostitution in Germany

Cursed and Sold Voodoo Spells and Forced Prostitution in Germany

Virtually all the Nigerian women forced into prostitution in Germany were bound to their madams through a bizarre voodoo curse. One year ago, the spiritual leader Oba Ewuare II issued a countercurse in the hope of putting a stop to human-trafficking in the region. Has it helped? By Alexander Epp and Olaf Heuser more...

The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister: 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'

The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'

Luisa Neubauer, the German face of the global movement spurred by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, debates the student climate strikes with German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. Interview Conducted By Gerald Traufetter and Melanie Amann more...


Brexit Delay: 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'

Brexit Delay 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'

Any Article 50 extension delaying Britain's withdrawal from the EU would come with its own set of problems. There is plenty of disagreement among the remaining 27 EU member states on how long the delay should be. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more...

Theresa May's Brexit Disaster: The Prime Minister of Humiliation

Theresa May's Brexit Disaster The Prime Minister of Humiliation

Despite facing one embarrassment after the other, British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to plow ahead, seemingly undeterred. It's becoming increasingly clear that she is the main impediment to solving the Brexit mess. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more...


Aerospace Turbulence: Boeing's Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a Crisis

Aerospace Turbulence Boeing's Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a Crisis

Boeing has been the undisputed leader in the aviation market in recent years, with Airbus struggling to keep up. But the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft could invert the industry's pecking order. By Dinah Deckstein, Martin U. Müller and Gerald Traufetter more...

Fast, Expensive and Politically Polarizing: Germany Prepares to Auction Its 5G Frequencies

Fast, Expensive and Politically Polarizing Germany Prepares to Auction Its 5G Frequencies

An auction of Germany's 5G transmission frequencies is poised to earn the state billions and finally put the country on the digital map. But big network providers are making a fuss about certain rules and regulations -- not to mention all the American fearmongering about the Chinese. By Frank Dohmen, Simon Hage, Marcel Rosenbach and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Chancellor Speculation: Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

Chancellor Speculation Merkel May Be in Office Longer Than You Think

Angela Merkel has led the current grand coalition government in Berlin for a year now. There has been considerable speculation recently that she may not last through her fourth term. But there is more to suggest she will remain in office than step down. An Analysis by Florian Gathmann more...

A Migration Nightmare: Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone

A Migration Nightmare Why Germany's Deportation System Is Failing Everyone

As Germany tries to crack down on rejected asylum-seekers and criminal refugees, its civil servants are constrained by the limits of a dysfunctional system. Whether refugee, police officer or office clerk, almost everyone involved has something to complain about. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]