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Defiance and Charm: A Measured First Week for New Greek Leader

Defiance and Charm: A Measured First Week for New Greek Leader

February 06, 2015, 08:07 PM

Syriza's victory in the recent Greek elections set off a wave of concern in Europe. But even as the new prime minister tries to woo other leaders, his left-wing government is already busy getting down to work. Many of its first moves have been the right ones. By Manfred Ertel, Julia Amalia Heyer, Walter Mayr and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]


European Parliament President Schulz: 'Greek Voters Should Be Realistic'

European Parliament President Schulz: 'Greek Voters Should Be Realistic'

February 03, 2015, 05:10 PM

Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised to free his country from the strict demands of its European creditors. In a SPIEGEL interview, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says there is room for compromise, but warns Athens must tread carefully. Interview by Nikolaus Blome and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Opinion: It's Time To Compromise on Greece

Opinion: It's Time To Compromise on Greece

February 02, 2015, 01:51 PM

Syriza's victory in Greece makes it clearer than ever that a new approach is needed in Europe. Chancellor Merkel, in particular, must show flexibility in the search for compromise with Greek Prime Minister Tsipras. If they can't agree, Europe is in trouble. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Greece's New Economics Minister: 'Europe Doesn't Need To Be Afraid'

Greece's New Economics Minister: 'Europe Doesn't Need To Be Afraid'

February 02, 2015, 01:32 PM

Greece wants to remain in the euro zone, but Athens wishes to renegotiate everything relating to the current austerity regime. SPIEGEL spoke with Economics Minister Giorgios Stathakis about how the new government intends to address that challenge. Interview by Manfred Ertel more... Comment ]

Merkel's Unintended Creation: Could Tsipras' Win Upset Balance of Power in Europe?

Merkel's Unintended Creation: Could Tsipras' Win Upset Balance of Power in Europe?

January 30, 2015, 08:31 PM

Greek election victor Alexis Tsipras wants an entirely different Europe from the one envisioned by Angela Merkel. His success is likely to stoke anger over Germany's EU dominance. Leaders in France and Italy are also hoping for an end to austerity. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Ghost Ships: Turkey Becomes Springboard for Syrians Heading to Europe

Ghost Ships: Turkey Becomes Springboard for Syrians Heading to Europe

January 28, 2015, 03:26 PM

Turkey has become a hub for human traffickers, with freighters picking up Syrians in the port city and smuggling them on to Europe. It's a lucrative business built on the hardships of others. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 09, 2015, 08:33 PM

The terrorists in Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a much broader target in mind: Western values. Will the attacks bring people together in this time of crisis or will fear of Islam prevail? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

January 08, 2015, 12:21 PM

We cannot allow the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to influence our thinking. Otherwise, freedom has lost. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more...

Greek Roulette: What Would Syriza's Victory Mean for Europe?

Greek Roulette: What Would Syriza's Victory Mean for Europe?

January 05, 2015, 04:07 PM

Greek Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has many observers across Europe scratching their heads. What does the head of the radical left party, who may become Greece's next prime minister, really want -the euro or the drachma? By Manfred Ertel and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit

Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit

January 05, 2015, 04:07 PM

There was a time when Germany feared the consequences were Greece to leave the euro zone. Now, though, with Greek elections approaching, Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to accept a "Grexit" should a new leftist government in Athens demand concessions. By Nikolaus Blome, Giorgos Christides, Christian Reiermann and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]