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The Fate of Greece: Decision Time for Tsipras and Merkel

The Fate of Greece: Decision Time for Tsipras and Merkel

July 10, 2015, 06:11 PM

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has gambled away all support in Brussels. Now, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have to make a momentous decision. Meanwhile, Greece's creditors are divided about how to proceed. more... Comment ]


Opinion: Why a Grexit Must Be Avoided

Opinion: Why a Grexit Must Be Avoided

July 10, 2015, 06:10 PM

Europe is preparing for a Grexit and German voters would like to see the country leave the common currency regime. That, though, would be the wrong move. A Grexit must be avoided at all costs. A Commentary by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias: 'The Principle of Hope Is Very Powerful'

Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias: 'The Principle of Hope Is Very Powerful'

July 10, 2015, 06:10 PM

In a SPIEGEL interview, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias discusses the recent referendum and explains why he believes the power of hope might help revive Greece's fortunes. Interview Conducted by Manfred Ertel more... Comment ]

Operation 'Ochi': Zero Hour for Greece

Operation 'Ochi': Zero Hour for Greece

July 03, 2015, 08:42 PM

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has led his country into chaos. Divisions in Greek society are growing and Sunday's referendum may not be enough to pull the country back from the brink. By Julia Amalia Heyer, Katrin Kuntz and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Greece and Europe

Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Greece and Europe

July 03, 2015, 08:17 PM

Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. Her inability to take unpopular stances badly exacerbated the Greek crisis. By Peter Müller and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

July 02, 2015, 03:56 PM

Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

June 29, 2015, 06:28 PM

Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

June 29, 2015, 05:39 PM

The Greek crisis has destroyed an old dream about the future of Europe. The only possibility for moving the EU in the direction we were promised is a radical solution -- either a Grexit or an expensive debt haircut. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

June 26, 2015, 06:19 PM

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: The EU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

June 23, 2015, 05:21 PM

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]