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With Friends Like These...: Erdogan's Assault on Freedom and Democracy

With Friends Like These...: Erdogan's Assault on Freedom and Democracy

April 07, 2016, 01:20 PM

The EU has placed its fate in the hands of Turkish President Erdogan. But the man who is to help solve the refugee crisis has recently shown more clearly than ever that he prefers autocracy to democracy. He is the price Europe must pay for failure. By SPIEGEL Staff more...


Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

April 05, 2016, 06:06 PM

Radical Islamists have found a new refuge in Bosnia. They recruit fighters, promote jihad and preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam -- just across the border from the European Union. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

April 05, 2016, 02:27 PM

Following the attacks in Brussels, calls are growing for European intelligence services to work together more closely. But cooperation is difficult because Germany's secret service has little trust in its EU partners, and has even spied on them. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Greece: Endgame for the IMF-EU Feud over Greece's Debt

Greece: Endgame for the IMF-EU Feud over Greece's Debt

April 03, 2016, 12:42 PM

Greece hasn't been saved just yet, and the conflict between the International Monetary Fund and Europe is once again intensifying. Greece's former minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis expects a showdown between the IMF and Germany. more... Comment ]

A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

March 30, 2016, 01:28 PM

Poland's national-conservative government was quick to sideline the country's high court. Now, Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his party have their sights set on complete control of the state. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

March 25, 2016, 07:10 PM

With bombs set off in the airport and the subway system, the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels have struck the heart of the European Union. Belgium, once the nucleus of Europe, will now have to combat its reputation as a failed state. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

March 25, 2016, 07:06 PM

In an interview following the Brussels attacks, terrorism expert Peter Neumann discusses the growing threat in Europe. Data sharing between police and intelligence agencies must be vastly increased, he argues. Interview By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]

The Path to Death: How EU Failures Helped Paris Terrorists Obtain Weapons

The Path to Death: How EU Failures Helped Paris Terrorists Obtain Weapons

March 24, 2016, 03:28 PM

Where did the weapons used in the 2015 terror attacks in Paris come from? Files from the ongoing investigation now make it possible to follow the trail. Years of EU shortcomings helped the firearms on their way. By Stefan Candea, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Jörg Schmitt, Andreas Ulrich and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

March 23, 2016, 01:29 PM

The terrorists on Tuesday clearly wanted to target the heart of the European Union. But there was another reason they chose Brussels. Nowhere in Europe is it easier to plan and carry out a terrorist attack. A Commentary by Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

March 22, 2016, 07:27 PM

The attacks in Brussels have similarities to the assault on Paris last November. Investigators believe there may be a connection and think the Tuesday airport and subway bombings may be an act of revenge for the arrest of Salah Abdeslam. By Jörg Diehl more... Comment ]