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Opinion: Call for World Cup boycott a nod to populism

ImageGerman politicians are questioning Russia's suitability to hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Some argue the country should be stripped of the tournament, but the chance of this happening is slim, writes Sabine Faber.


Leads point to missile downing MH17

There is growing evidence that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile. Ukraine has accused pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine of downing the plane, while the rebels blame Ukrainian forces.


Eurocontrol: State decides on airspace safety

The downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine has raised questions as to why a civilian airline was flying over the conflict zone. Ken Thomas of air safety organization Eurocontrol says it's up to states to close airspace.


'Commercial jets have no chance'

A missile attack is suspected in the crash of a passenger aircraft in eastern Ukraine. Until now, altitudes above 10,000 meters have been considered safe, aviation expert Heinrich Grossbongardt tells DW.

Court Cases

Dutch court's 'pioneering role' in Srebrenica case

A Dutch court has ruled the country is liable for the deaths of more than 300 victims in the Srebrenica massacre. The ruling is in line with previous decisions - yet surprising, says law professor Andreas von Arnauld.


Separatists shoot down 2 Ukraine military jets

Separatists have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets just under a week after the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. According to reports, the two pilots managed to parachute out.

European Union

Friction at the top prompts extra EU summit

Disagreement, unanswered questions and new sanctions against Russia: the outcome of the latest EU summit was less fruitful than hoped. The 28-state union's representatives have decided to meet again in six weeks.


UK to fast-track controversial surveillance bill

The British government's plan to push through a controversial emergency surveillance bill in parliament this week has been met with fierce criticism. Rights groups say the move is an excuse to expand power.