Israel: How Mr. Ruppin built a Country

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Seventy years ago, Jews from all over the world founded their own state in the Middle East. Why is Israel still so restless today?

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Germany Talks: 'It Awakened Our Sense of Civic Identity'

At the invitation of ZEIT ONLINE, over 1,200 people recently met across Germany for political debates. Initial reactions provide the first takeaways from the event.

Bats: Stop Publishing Fake News About Bats

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Yes, bats can transmit diseases – but you are extremely unlikely to be infected by one. Why fake news about bats is dangerous to their survival.

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Germany Talks: 'You Are Rejecting an Entire Religion'

How do you speak with a stranger about refugees, same-sex marriage, Islam and Russia? Six-hundred pairs took on this experiment for ZEIT ONLINE. We accompanied five.

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Poisoned by East Germany

They dreamed of triumph and medals, but thousands of East German athletes were given performance-enhancing drugs without their knowledge. Many are still suffering today.

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Syria: Fear came with Hafez Assad

The revolution was not the cause of the war in Syria. Over the course of decades, the Assad family established a rigid system of fear – and it was ready to explode.

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Donald Trump: "We Liberals Looked Away for Far Too Long"

Trump is a nightmare for American liberals, says historian Adam Tooze. But they also share some of the blame. Too long they ignored the growing inequalities in society.

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Eastern Ghouta: The Smell of Fear and Death

The situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria is horrific. While male photographers are capturing visuals of the suffering, women are telling the stories behind that footage.

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Pop-Up-Section: Why We're Launching #D18

In a new special section, ZEIT ONLINE is setting out to explore the myriad places Germans call home and organize global experiments in democracy.

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Germany Talks: Start Debating!

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ZEIT ONLINE matched up 1,200 people across Germany to meet up for face-to-face political debates. How did we do it? Here's a look behind the scenes.

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Bank Branches: The Bank Is Closing

In the small town of Habichsthal in Lower Franconia the local bank branch is closing. Like many other branches, it is suffering from a lack of customers.

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Laufdorf: Lauf vs. Dorf: A Rural Idyll, Divided

The story of Laufdorf and its local soccer team is the epitome of German normalcy. Except for the conflict that tore the team apart 25 years ago.

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Donald Trump: This President Is Dangerous To One's Health

Take a deep breath? It's impossible. After a year of Trump in the White House, Americans have never suffered greater stress. The affliction could become chronic.

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Russia: "Putinism Works Through Fear"

How does media censorship work in Russia? In an interview, secret service expert Andrei Soldatov speaks about fake news, torture and Kremlin propaganda.

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Decathlon: Sewing on an Empty Stomach

The French discount sporting goods chain Decathlon promises affordable prices while adhering to responsible labor practices. A surprise to seamstresses in Asia.

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Berlin Neukölln: Do you speak Hipster?

The Conservative Jens Spahn recently complained about people speaking too much English in Berlin-Neukölln. "The Guardian"-reporter Kate Connolly checked his theory.

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Great Britain: How to exit from Brexit

Prime Minister May remains intent on negotiating Brexit. But many Britons continue to hope that the UK will remain in the EU. Is that still a possibility?