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Interview with Marine Le Pen: 'I Don't Want this European Soviet Union'

Interview with Marine Le Pen: 'I Don't Want this European Soviet Union'

June 03, 2014, 06:07 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen discusses the European election victory by her Front National, German dominance in the EU and her admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Interview Conducted By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Ex-Premier Blair: 'British Understand the Folly of Leaving the EU'

Ex-Premier Blair: 'British Understand the Folly of Leaving the EU'

June 03, 2014, 05:45 PM

Not much has been heard from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair lately. But in recent days, he has waded into the debate surrounding the next EU Commission president. In an interview, he also predicts that the British will vote to stay in the European Union. By Carsten Volkery in London more... Comment ]


Decision Time: Britain Must Choose Now If It Will Stay in Europe

Decision Time: Britain Must Choose Now If It Will Stay in Europe

June 03, 2014, 11:42 AM

For years Britain has blackmailed and made a fool out of the EU. The United Kingdom must finally make a choice: It can play by the rules or it can leave the European Union. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

May 30, 2014, 11:18 AM

The Ukraine crisis has thrust Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski into the limelight as he takes a leading role in formulating Europe's response to Russian aggression. Long a star in Warsaw politics, his stature is now growing internationally. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Lurching Right: UKIP Win Creates Pressure for Cameron and Europe

Lurching Right: UKIP Win Creates Pressure for Cameron and Europe

May 27, 2014, 05:16 PM

With its clear election victory in Britain on Sunday, anti-EU UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage scored a historic triumph. The win could soon spell trouble for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his partners across the European Union. By Carsten Volkery in London more... Comment ]

A Real National Front: The French Far Right Aims High

A Real National Front: The French Far Right Aims High

May 27, 2014, 04:19 PM

After its triumph in European elections on Sunday, the French far-right Front National is hoping to increase its power back home, with Marine Le Pen aiming for the presidency in 2017. With François Hollande's popularity plummeting, it is not out of the question. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'Europe Needs More Self-Confidence'

German Finance Minister Schäuble: 'Europe Needs More Self-Confidence'

May 27, 2014, 04:06 PM

What does Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst have to do with the Ukraine conflict? More than you might think, explains German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in a SPIEGEL interview. It demonstrates the EU's greatest strengths. Interview Conducted By Nikolaus Blome and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Opinion: A Victory for European Democracy

Opinion: A Victory for European Democracy

May 26, 2014, 01:33 PM

Although voter turnout was down in many places and right-wing populists scored significant gains, this weekend's European Parliament election was historically important. It has shifted the balance of power in Europe in favor of voters. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

A Continent in Motion: What Conchita Wurst Tells Us About EU Identity

A Continent in Motion: What Conchita Wurst Tells Us About EU Identity

May 23, 2014, 03:38 PM

Europe has struggled for decades to forge a common identity -- and now the Continent's response to Putin, its battle against Google and the victory of drag queen Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest all suggest that shared values are finally emerging. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Europe's New Status Quo: 'Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle'

Europe's New Status Quo: 'Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle'

May 23, 2014, 03:15 PM

The crisis in Ukraine has ended Europe's long period of stability -- but what does that mean for its future? SPIEGEL speaks with three experts about Putin's plans for the region and why the EU needs to step up in order to survive. By Tobias Rapp and Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]

Essay: We Ought To Be EU-Skeptic

Essay: We Ought To Be EU-Skeptic

May 23, 2014, 12:22 PM

In the run-up to the European election, we ought to be more skeptical of the EU. The union's fundamental design flaws could lead to its disintegration. An essay by former German President Roman Herzog. By Roman Herzog more... Comment ]