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Serious rioting on Tahrir Square in Cairo (photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

The political consequences of the Arab Spring

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Some revolts just take longer

Civil war in Syria, a military regime in Egypt ... at first glance, it seems as if the Arab Spring has gone off the rails. But the battle is not over yet: 2014 will be a decisive year for change in the Arab world. An essay by Karim El-GawharyMore

The cloth puppet Abla Fahita seen on computer screens (photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Investigations against a cloth puppet in Egypt

Theatre of the absurd

Egypt is currently hooked on a real-life satire playing out before its eyes: the country's public prosecutors are investigating a TV puppet on suspicion of terrorism. Karim El-Gawhary reports from CairoMore

The committee designated to revise the constitution that was put into effect by Mohammed Morsi (photo: picture alliance/landov)

New Egyptian Constitution

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Democracy Hangs by a Thread

The new draft constitution sets down the timetable for democratic transition on paper, but the police and military are standing guard at the station and controlling the points, writes Karim El-Gawhary in his commentaryMore

Protests of the Muslim Brotherhod against the toppling of President Morsi in Alexandria (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Limited Options

The world's oldest Islamist organization has apparently failed in its strategy of confrontation with the ruling military. It is now proving difficult for the movement to make a fresh political start. Karim El-Gawhary reports from CairoMore

Supporters of Morsi in front of Cairo's High Court (photo: Mohamed Kamel/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt's Former President Morsi on Trial

A Test of the Justice System

Are Egypt's courts using different standards when it comes to the trials against former dictator Hosni Mubarak and former president Mohammed Morsi? Karim El-Gawhary in Cairo says it's not impossible that the trials will end up with Mubarak a free man and Morsi in prisonMore

Syrian refugee children at the police station in Abukir, Egypt (photo: Karim El-Gawhary)

Syrian Boat Refugees in Egypt

"Head Straight on to Europe!"

Many Syrian refugees are trying to reach Europe from Egypt via the Mediterranean. They are risking their lives to escape the civil war in their homeland. A reportage by Karim El-Gawhary in Abukir, EgyptMore

Morsi supporters flee the escalating violence in Cairo (photo: dpa/AP)

Escalation of Violence in Egypt

The Desired Radicalisation of the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt's security apparatus wants to isolate and radicalise the Muslim Brotherhood. This would render the movement vincible. An analysis by Karim El-GawharyMore

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Political Pressure Exerted by Gulf States in Egypt

Reaching for the Cheque Book

With economic aid packages running into the billions, Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to manipulate Egyptian politics, shore up support for the army and eliminate its old rival, the Muslim Brotherhood. Report by Karim El-GawharyMore

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood calling for the release of Mohammed Morsi outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard (photo: Reuters)

After the Military Coup in Egypt

Power Vacuum Looms Large

Since the ousting of President Morsi, the struggle for power in Cairo has continued unabated. As the violence escalates without check, it has proven impossible for all sides to agree on a candidate for the post of interim prime minister. Karim El-Gawhary in Cairo has the detailsMore

The Cairo office of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Verdict against NGO Representatives in Egypt

Methodical Political Subjugation

In Egypt, employees of a number of foreign NGOs have been sentenced to jail terms in absentia, among them representatives of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The shameful process throws a spotlight on decades of state control and the legal insecurity of NGOs operating in the Nile region. A commentary by Karim El-GawharyMore

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel (photo: Reuters)

The West and the Conflict in Syria

The Ghost of Saddam's WMD

In view of the appalling numbers of people being killed and injured in the Syrian civil war and recent reports that poisoned gas has been used there, pressure is growing on the West to finally take some decisive action. Washington and London, however, continue to exercise restraint. By Karim El-GawharyMore

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army driving in a tank through a street near Damascus (photo: Reuters)

Criticism of the Media in the Case of Syria

The Perversion of the Media Machine

Western media attention is only refocused on protracted conflicts in the Arab world – such as those in Iraq and Syria – when their own correspondents fall victim to these wars. Commentary by Karim El-GawharyMore

Protests against court decisions in Port Said (photo: Reuters)

Court Rulings in Egypt's Soccer Stadium Riots

The Underhand Role of the Police

A year after the bloody clashes at Port Said's soccer stadium, people in the harbour town are horrified at the Draconian punishments that have been handed down to individuals who continue to deny any involvement in the riots. Karim El-Gawhary reports from Port SaidMore

Mass protests against Morsi's government in Cairo (photo: dapd)

Egypt Two Years after the Revolution

No Agenda, No Goal

Egypt remains gripped in political turmoil and despite apparent efforts by President Morsi to initiate dialogue with his opponents, it appears neither he nor his rivals are able to come up with a concept to lead the nation out of its ongoing crisis. An analysis by Karim El-GawharyMore

Ballot paper, first round of the referendum on the constitution in Egypt, November 15 (photo: dapd)

Constitutional Referendum in Egypt

The Islamists' Pyrrhic Victory

Although a slim majority of votes cast in Saturday's first round support the new constitution, the Islamists have little reason to celebrate: only 18 percent of the electorate voted for the blueprint, as the Muslim Brotherhood's popularity continues on its downward trajectory. Commentary by Karim El-GawharyMore

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and the Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi (photo: Reuters)

The Gaza Conflict in the Wake of the Arab Spring

The Regional Powers' New Confidence

Egypt and Turkey, two regional powers in the Middle East, are getting actively involved in the Gaza conflict. Not only have they condemned Israel's attacks on Gaza, they are also looking for a long-term ceasefire solution. This is creating a new regional diplomacy and reconfiguring the relationship between the region and Europe and the USA, writes Karim El-GawharyMore

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