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Omicron: "In the Coming Weeks, We’ll Know More about How Well Vaccines Protect Against Omicron"

Sandra Ciesek became one of the first researchers to examine the new coronavirus variant. The virologist says it remains unclear whether Omicron is actually more infectious than Delta, but there is still a chance, she says, to get ahead of the curve.

Researchers on the Omicron Variant: "We Are Playing with Fire"

Scientists around the world are scrambling to find answers to critical questions about the new coronavirus variant, including whether vaccines are still effective against it. Initial data suggests that Omicron is spreading faster than Delta.

The Corona Debate in Africa: With Omicron Spreading, Many Countries Consider Vaccine Mandates

African countries are trying to speed up their vaccination campaigns as supplies start rolling in. The challenges, though, remain immense, even as some governments are considering a vaccine mandate in the face of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

German Foreign Minister-Designate Annalena Baerbock: "I Don’t Believe in Applying Old Labels To New Geopolitical Developments"

Annalena Baerbock of the Green Party is slated to become Germany's first female foreign minister. She spoke to DER SPIEGEL about the policy challenges the country faces abroad and the more immediate crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FDP Head Christian Lindner on Germany's New Coalition: "People Don't Want to Be Dragged Down Any Longer by Quarreling"

Christian Lindner is set to become Germany's next finance minister. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he talks about his plans for his portfolio, how he intends to pay for them and the new government's strategy for the ongoing pandemic.

How Stable Is Germany's New Coalition?: The First Fractures Become Apparent in Berlin

The coalition talks were secretive and the three parties involved sought to exude unity and harmony. Now that Germany's next coalition agreement has been presented, though, fractures are becoming apparent. And surprisingly, the Greens may not be the Social Democrats' favorite child.

The Bataclan Trial: Salah Abdeslam and the Banality of Terror

The only surviving attacker from the terror commando that descended on Paris on the night of Nov. 13, 2015, is currently on trial. The young man used to like going out, drinking alcohol and smoking joints. What happened?

Imagining Life after Erdoğan: Turkish Economic Woes Fuel Speculation of Early Elections

A lira in freefall and skyrocketing prices: Turkey's economy is in poor shape and much of the population is suffering. President Erdoğan's weak response is strengthening the opposition and fueling speculation that elections may be held sooner than planned.

Trying to Do the Right Thing: Refugees in Exclusion Zone Deeply Divide Poles

With thousands of migrants trying to cross into the country from neighboring Belarus, Podlasie, Poland, has become the epicenter of an international crisis. The development is dividing locals, with some doing what they can to help the refugees and others doing all they can to keep them out.

The Violence of the Fourth Wave: "One Thing We Have Learned Is that COVID Is an Asshole"

Doctors and nurses at the intensive care ward in Leipzig University Hospital are fighting desperately to save the lives of corona truthers. It can be a thankless task.

COVID in Germany: Study Finds Link Between Far Right and High Corona Rates

The number of coronavirus infections is rising sharply in parts of Germany where the far-right AfD party enjoys greater support. Is it a coincidence? Researchers took a close look at the corollaries and drew some conclusions that surprised even them.

New Details Shed Light on Lukashenko's Human Trafficking Network

Insiders reveal fresh details about Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko's inhumane smuggling system, comprised of a network of front companies that spreads to Syria, Turkey and Iraq, secret money transfers and the use of soldiers as traffickers.

Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change: "We Can Learn a Lot from Indigenous Peoples"

The way we eat is destroying the world, says agricultural economist Yon Fernández de Larrinoa. His research focuses on the food systems of indigenous peoples, and believes they can teach us valuable lessons.

Tax Havens in Europa: "Finance Ministers Often Couldn't See Through Them"

For close to 25 years, EU member states have been trying to put a stop to practices in the bloc that see some European countries competing against others to offer the lowest corporate taxes. In an interview, Dutch researcher Martijn Nouwen explains why those efforts have failed.

Rainforest Rebellion: Mass Clear-Cutting in Congo

The rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. But international timber firms are logging trees there illegally. Locals are starting to fight back, with some success.

Anti-Vaxxers and Politicians Push Germany to the Brink

Many in Germany thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. But the country is now being slammed by the fourth wave – fueled by millions of people who refuse to be vaccinated and political leaders who have abdicated leadership. The situation, say virologists, is grave.

The EU’s Decades of Tax Trick Tolerance

Many EU member states use low tax rates to attract large corporations, depriving countries like Germany of billions in revenues. A trove of hundreds of classified documents now reveals for the first time how Europe is failing in the fight against harmful tax competition.

A New Controversy Erupts Around Ursula von der Leyen's Text Messages

Each month, the European Commission deletes thousands of emails, and instant messages are not archived at all. Now, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is, once again, facing uncomfortable questions about allegedly deleted text messages. An expert describes the practices as legally "questionable".


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