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An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

An Attack on Democracy? Worries over Poland Mount in Brussels and Berlin

January 12, 2016, 04:17 PM

From the courts to the media, Poland's new government has passed a number of new reforms that have the EU concerned about creeping autocracy. Complaints thus far have fallen on deaf ears in Warsaw, triggering calls for firmer action from Brussels. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

Brexit Danger: The EU Strategy to Keep Britain from Leaving

January 05, 2016, 10:41 AM

This summer, Britain will vote on whether to remain in the European Union. The skeptic camp appears to be gaining ground -- and EU leaders are growing concerned. They have developed a plan to give in to most of Cameron's EU reform demands. By Peter Müller and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


Reflecting on Refugees: A Plea for Measured Debate

Reflecting on Refugees: A Plea for Measured Debate

December 15, 2015, 10:49 AM

The debate over refugees in Germany has grown divisive. Those in favor are unwilling to recognize the difficulties ahead while those opposed too often veer toward prejudice and xenophobia. Neither is helpful. What's needed is an atmosphere of critical empathy. An Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National

December 04, 2015, 12:19 PM

Marine Le Pen has managed to pull the Front National from the extremist fringe into the political center. The right-wing populists could even emerge as France's strongest party in upcoming regional elections. But the real prize is in 2017. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

December 01, 2015, 11:26 AM

In an interview, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he is more concerned about the state of the European Union than he has ever been. Solidarity, he believes, is eroding and nation-state parochialism is on the rise. Interview Conducted by Horand Knaup and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War

'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War

November 19, 2015, 05:07 PM

In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

November 18, 2015, 08:24 PM

The attacks hit Paris where it is most vulnerable, in those places where young people go to have fun. But they were aimed at all of us. What can we do to defend ourselves? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European Terror

Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European Terror

November 17, 2015, 07:10 PM

With 19 municipal mayors and six different police authorities, Brussels is a tangle of bureaucracy. It's also home to the suspected perpetrators behind Friday's Paris attacks. The failure of Belgian authorities has become a security problem for all of Europe. By Markus Becker and Jörg Diehl in Brussels more... Comment ]

New Clues in Paris Attacks: Authorities Identify Known French Islamist in Audio Message

New Clues in Paris Attacks: Authorities Identify Known French Islamist in Audio Message

November 17, 2015, 12:37 PM

Investigators have identified the speaker of an Islamic State audio message claiming responsibility for Friday's attacks. Information obtained by SPIEGEL indicates the man in question is a French. The lead reinforces theories the attack was likely been planned in Syria. By Matthias Gebauer, Jörg Schindler and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Paris Attacks: How Great Are the Terror Dangers Posed by Refugees?

Paris Attacks: How Great Are the Terror Dangers Posed by Refugees?

November 16, 2015, 03:44 PM

It has now been confirmed that one of the Paris suicide bombers reached Europe disguised as a refugee. Security officials had long felt that such a scenario was unlikely. How big is the risk? By Jörg Diehl and Anna Reimann more... Comment ]

Terror in Europe: The Need to Protect Our Freedom

Terror in Europe: The Need to Protect Our Freedom

November 16, 2015, 02:52 PM

What lessons can be drawn from the attacks in Paris? Simple answers will do little to help at the moment. What is needed is a new, Europe-wide security debate. A Commentary by Florian Harms more... Comment ]

The Brussels Connection: Why Belgium Keeps Popping Up in Terror Attacks

The Brussels Connection: Why Belgium Keeps Popping Up in Terror Attacks

November 16, 2015, 09:24 AM

The Molenbeek district in Brussels is a well-known hotbed of Islamist activity. It has been linked to four major terrorist attacks in recent years. It is also illustrative of the problems facing Europe as it tries to deal with its radicals. By Markus Becker and Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]