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Ahead of Brexit Vote: EU Commission To Challenge UK Truck Toll

Ahead of Brexit Vote: EU Commission To Challenge UK Truck Toll

April 25, 2016, 03:03 PM

The European Commission had hoped not to provide fresh anti-EU ammunition to pro-Brexit voters ahead of Britain's upcoming referendum. But SPIEGEL has learned that Brussels is planning to launch legal proceedings against the UK over its truck toll. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]


Donald Tusk on Refugee Crisis: We Can Never Negotiate Our Values with Erdogan

Donald Tusk on Refugee Crisis: We Can Never Negotiate Our Values with Erdogan

April 22, 2016, 05:41 PM

Tough policies on migration do not rule out humanitarian goals in the EU, the European Council president argues in an editorial. But Europe must also set clear limits on the concessions it is willing to make with its partners in resolving the refugee crisis. A Commentary By Donald Tusk more... Comment ]


Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow

April 22, 2016, 02:48 PM

Moscow was long in the hands of criminals and the nouveau riche. Today, Europe's biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more open and more cosmopolitan, despite Putin's nationalism. By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Kurdish Opposition Leader Demirtas: 'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

Kurdish Opposition Leader Demirtas: 'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

April 19, 2016, 11:17 AM

Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas, 43, says that his HDP party wants a cease-fire in the ongoing battle between Turkish troops and Kurds in southeastern Turkey. But, he says, Turkish President Erdogan isn't willing to listen. Interview Conducted by Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

April 18, 2016, 11:07 AM

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and Strasbourg. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

Satire on Trial: Erdogan's Demand for Legal Action Puts Merkel in a Bind

April 12, 2016, 05:33 PM

Turkey is calling for criminal proceedings against a German comedian who crudely disparaged its president on public television. Personally ordered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the complaint threatens to create a massive political crisis for Chancellor Merkel. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

April 08, 2016, 07:04 PM

Business and political leaders in Germany are increasingly frustrated with the monetary policies of European Central Bank head Mario Draghi. Recently, the confrontation has threatened to become damaging to the euro zone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

April 08, 2016, 06:38 PM

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. By Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

Erdogan's Tightrope Walk: How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation

April 08, 2016, 10:50 AM

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hold. It is time for the West to rethink its relations with Turkey. An Essay by Michael Werz more... Comment ]

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...