Der Spiegel (Germany)
Circulation: 1 100 000 copies. An important investigation magazine issued for the first time in 1947, and source of multiple political scandals. It is known for its own journalistic slang and also issues four special editions yearly. The website of the Spiegel is the most successful online magazine in Germany.
The Danish caricatures bring the most important problem of our times up: the freedom of expression. Are we Westerners going to give in to the pressures of a medieval society or are we going to defend our most valuable worth: freedom, the freedom of expression, an achievement for which millions of people have died for?
There’s no democracy without freedom: freedom of debate, of disagreement or insulting and offending, even. This is a freedom the Islamic world does not have and without it, (...)
There are serious doubts about the credibility of the statements of the main witness upon which the Detlev Mehlis’ investigation was based on. Detlev Mehlis is the UN special investigator of the assassination of Hariri. Suheir al-Sadik and is, in fact, a known con man who has been convicted several times. al-Sadik, 42 years old, who claims to be a member of the Syrian secret services, is the key witness who has helped to involve the services of the Syrian state in this assassination. (...)
Michael Khodorkovski shares a cell with other 15 prisoners. It is a difficult situation, especially after the week-long hunger strike, which recently finished. His life is not endangered but it is about something serious, especially because after the hunger strike he no longer received foodstuff from his family. Food quality in prison is as terrible as the conditions of its buildings.
The conditions in which prisoners are held is worthy of the Third World. Most of the prisoners smoke (...)
I am a convinced European and the passionate supporters of Europe should back the reforms. We should be honest regarding the European challenges, and also listen to what the voters say. We need a Europe adapted to the conditions of the 21st century. That is why, as other four countries, the British government could not vote in favor of proposals concerning the European budget last week.
We do not want a budget that continues contributing seven times more to agriculture than research, (...)
Soon there will begin the trial against the murderer of Theo van Gogh. I had asked Theo to accept official protection, but told me that he didn’t want the Dutch police in his house. In the film Submission, on which I participated, his intention was to be provocative. He underestimated the radicalism of his adversaries. I had bodyguards for a long time, but he continued living normally. His murderer left a letter threatening me, completely turning my life upside-down with police protection (...)
The fragmentation of Yugoslavia not only led to the emergence of independent countries but pushed them out of their space. Slovenia, a prealpine-seen country has stronger ties with Friuli, Veneto or Austria than with Croatia. On the other hand, Croatia threatens with making an Anschluss to the west, towards the Mitteleuropa. This is the reason why Bosnia- Herzegovina is still monitored by the international community.
Europe is no longer willing to negotiate with Croatia because it did not (...)