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Blueberries for Europe: Portugal Mortgages Its Future for Present-Day Agricultural Profits

The berry market has transformed Portugal as plantations have sprung up in recent years. Conditions for workers are problematic and an already dry region is quickly using up its water supplies.

Afghanistan: Many of Germany's Local Hires Are Still Waiting To Be Rescued

Germany pledged it would continue rescuing former local hires from Afghanistan, even after the airlift from Kabul ended. Yet despite the grave danger they are in, Berlin is failing to help them.

A Third Betrayal: Many of Germany's Local Hires Are Still Waiting To Be Rescued from Afghanistan

Germany pledged it would continue rescuing former local hires from Afghanistan, even after the airlift from Kabul ended. Yet despite the grave danger they are in, Berlin is failing to help them.

Controversial Eurozone Accession: Concerns Rise as Bulgaria Prepares to Join the Euro

Bulgaria has significant problems with corruption and money laundering. Nevertheless, the European Union is prepared to accept the country as the next member of the eurozone. Many fear that might be a bad idea.

Should the Woolly Mammoth Be Brought Back To Life?

A private initiative wants to use modern genetic engineering to reintroduce the extinct woolly mammoth to the tundra of Siberia. In an interview, evolutionary biologist Victoria Herridge criticizes the endeavor and says we should instead focus on saving endangered species.

The Laschet Disaster: The Slow-Motion Collapse of Merkel's CDU

Angela Merkel's conservatives could be facing an historical debacle at the polls in this year's election. Their candidate, Armin Laschet, has been anything but inspiring, and his stumbles could have deep consequences for the stability of German politics.

Winter Worries: The Changing Virus

As winter approaches, experts are concerned that more contagious variants of the coronavirus could emerge. Measure to prevent the spread of the virus, they say, will be with us for a long time to come.

Operation White Milk: How Austrian Intelligence Hid a Suspected Syrian War Criminal from the Law

Khalid al-Halabi is thought to have been responsible for the torturing of Syrian opposition activists. Despite efforts to bring him to justice, he has been living in freedom in Austria for years – protected by the country's intelligence agency.

Egypt Picks Europe Over China: High-Speed Rail To Connect Red Sea and Mediterranean

A consortium led by Germany’s Siemens has been awarded a contract to build a high-speed rail network in the Middle East. The deal is good for Egypt, Germany and Europe – and it shows that the West can still compete against China.

BioNTech Founders on Vaccine for Children: "Things Are Looking Good and Going According to Plan"

In an interview, BioNTech founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci explain why booster shots are needed to combat the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and they say that a vaccine for five- to 11-year-old children is on its way.

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