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Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

July 04, 2016, 02:20 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, discusses the consequences of Brexit for Europe and why he believes the British should be given the time they need to contemplate the consequences of their vote to leave the EU. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]


The Crimea Complex: A Crisis of Identity Where East Meets West

The Crimea Complex: A Crisis of Identity Where East Meets West

July 04, 2016, 01:42 PM

It's been two years since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Since then, President Vladimir Putin has been cheered for liberating the peninsula and scorned for usurping it -- depending on who you ask. But what do the Crimeans think? By Erich Follath more... Comment ]


Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

July 01, 2016, 06:42 PM

In response to Brexit, European Commission President Juncker wants deeper EU integration. German Chancellor Merkel does not. SPIEGEL takes you inside the vast EU power struggle triggered by the UK referendum. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

July 01, 2016, 06:42 PM

Could Brexit lead other countries to seek to leave the European Union? SPIEGEL spoke with far-right Dutch populist Geert Wilders about how he wants to use a "Nexit" to prevent the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

June 30, 2016, 11:42 AM

The closure of the Balkan route has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece with nowhere to go. Smugglers who once profited from sneaking migrants deeper into Europe are now offering a new service: A way back to Turkey. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

June 28, 2016, 06:15 PM

The common reaction by the German media to Brexit is that Leave voters are either old fools or made a mistake. But their answer to Britain's departure -- to transfer even greater power to Brussels -- is equally delusional. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

June 28, 2016, 06:03 PM

Angela Merkel is known for her dispassionate objectivity. But when it comes to Brexit, a bit more emotion is needed. Change is necessary in the European Union, but the German chancellor seems uninterested in leading the charge. A Commentary by Sebastian Fischer more...

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

June 26, 2016, 10:37 AM

Boris Johnson is Britain's most talented populist. He has seduced his country to leave the European Union -- and it could make him prime minister. But those supporting him could end up paying most dearly. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

June 26, 2016, 10:34 AM

The consequences of Brexit are going to be painful for Britain. But for the EU, there are plenty of advantages. A Commentary by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

June 25, 2016, 03:25 PM

Closed-door meetings, crisis talks, hastily arranged diplomatic consultations: Since the British voted to leave the EU, officials in Berlin have been rushing to figure out how to respond. What happens next? By Sebastian Fischer, Florian Gathmann, Matthias Gebauer, Annett Meiritz and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

A Pact Against Brecession: How We Can Prevent Contagion

A Pact Against Brecession: How We Can Prevent Contagion

June 25, 2016, 02:42 PM

The British vote has shocked the financial markets, and it also threatens to cripple the German and European economies. What Europeans need now is an emergency stimulus package to fight potential contagion. The clock is ticking. By Thomas Fricke more... Comment ]

Opinion: The Brits Have Chosen Out and Must Face the Consequences

Opinion: The Brits Have Chosen Out and Must Face the Consequences

June 25, 2016, 01:43 PM

The economic consequences of a Britain's departure from the European Union are manageable - but only if Europe's leaders handle Brexit properly. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Armin Mahler more... Comment ]