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The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

December 01, 2014, 06:11 PM

Greece wants to shed the shackles of the troika, but it still hasn't fulfilled the requirements to do so. Despite this, Athens' European partners want to provide additional aid to ensure that the Greek patient makes a complete fiscal and economic recovery. By Christoph Pauly, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

The Price of Hope: Traffickers Profit as Asylum Seekers Head for Europe

November 28, 2014, 11:30 AM

More than 150,000 refugees have landed this year on the Italian coastline, most of them hoping to continue north. As the EU struggles to find an answer, human traffickers are raking in billions. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

November 26, 2014, 02:27 PM

With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. The former Polish leader could become a key voice in the crisis with Russia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

November 25, 2014, 05:49 PM

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

German Foreign Minister: 'Crimea Will Remain a Source of Conflict'

November 25, 2014, 12:34 PM

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned recently that leaders should tone down their rhetoric on Russia. SPIEGEL asked him whether his comments were directed at Chancellor Merkel and how he believes the conflict with Russia might develop. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

November 24, 2014, 07:00 PM

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

November 18, 2014, 06:36 PM

Corporations pay low taxes in Luxembourg. As prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker carried partial blame for this policy. Politicians in Brussels have maneuvered to save him from the scandal, but the case has cast light on Europe's tax-dumping problem. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

November 17, 2014, 05:41 PM

Berlin has begun to see Moscow as an adversary rather than as a potential partner. The German government is concerned about efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase his influence in the Balkans. Stopping him, however, could prove difficult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

Fantastic Voyage: Europe Prepares First Comet Landing

November 11, 2014, 05:21 PM

On Wednesday, astronomers with the European Space Agency will attempt a maneuver that has never been tried before. A probe from the spacecraft Rosetta is to land on a comet some 500 million kilometers away. The mission could teach us about life on Earth. By Olaf Stampf more... Comment ]

Democratic Deficit: It's Time to Put Juncker on the Hot Seat

Democratic Deficit: It's Time to Put Juncker on the Hot Seat

November 10, 2014, 05:46 PM

Can the European Commission be led by a man who transformed his own country into a tax oasis? The debate is long overdue and Jean-Claude Juncker can no longer afford to shirk the question. more... Comment ]