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Former Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams: 'It's Still My View That the Use of Armed Actions Is Legitimate'

Former Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams: 'It's Still My View That the Use of Armed Actions Is Legitimate'

April 06, 2018, 06:03 PM

April 10 marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that brought tentative peace to Northern Ireland. In an interview, Gerry Adams, the deal's co-architect, discusses the ongoing conflict and why Brexit could become a curse -- or a blessing -- for the region. Interview Conducted by Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

April 06, 2018, 06:03 PM

A German court ruled Thursday to temporarily release Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont. The case is still under review, but the judges have lifted the most serious charge the former leader faced. It was the correct decision. By Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

Wrangling over Warsaw: EU Considers Funding Cuts for Eastern Europe

April 04, 2018, 01:16 PM

The European Commission is considering linking member-state subsidies to adherence to the rule of law, a step aimed at bringing a handful of Eastern European countries back into line. But the proposal also threatens to deepen the current rift in Europe. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

April 04, 2018, 11:26 AM

The arrest of erstwhile Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany has put Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government in a tight spot. Berlin has the option of blocking extradition, but any move it makes could backfire. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

March 27, 2018, 02:41 PM

Following Carles Puigdemont's arrest on Sunday, Germany has landed smack in the middle of the Catalan independence battle. Politicians here say it's up to the judiciary to decide whether to extradite the former president of Catalonia, but the issue is nonetheless politically charged. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]


Catalonia Conflict Reaches Germany: Puigdemont Is No Traitor

Catalonia Conflict Reaches Germany: Puigdemont Is No Traitor

March 26, 2018, 06:10 PM

The legal situation is clear: Germany must extradite former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain. But not for the main charge against him. The German judicial system and politicians must do everything in their power to defuse the conflict. A Commentary By Claus Hecking more...

Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

Interview with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte on Eurozone Reforms: 'We Won't Simply Rubberstamp Everything'

March 19, 2018, 06:46 PM

All eyes have been on Germany and France recently when it comes to reforming the European common currency. But in an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, 51, says that the Netherlands should not be ignored. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Creative Destruction: Macron Eyes Expanding His Movement Across Europe

Creative Destruction: Macron Eyes Expanding His Movement Across Europe

March 14, 2018, 12:10 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron launched a brand new political movement in his bid for the French presidency. Now, he wants to do the same for Europe. But the Brussels establishment is wary. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Putin System: How Russia's Eternal President Has Changed His Country

The Putin System: How Russia's Eternal President Has Changed His Country

March 11, 2018, 05:55 PM

Russians will be going to the polls on March 18, but it is already clear who will emerge victorious. Vladimir Putin has been at the helm for almost 20 years -- both dramatically changing his country and subjugating it at the same time. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


Italy's Strange Campaign: Berlusconi, Five Star and the Road to Political Gridlock

Italy's Strange Campaign: Berlusconi, Five Star and the Road to Political Gridlock

February 28, 2018, 05:58 PM

A disillusioned electorate, multi-billion-euro campaign promises and the return of Silvio Berlusconi: Italy is muddling its way through a strange election campaign with an uncertain outcome. The consequences for Europe could be significant. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]