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Expanding Europe

Where and when will the European Union expand its borders next? The 27-member union spread eastward with the additions of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007. Current expansion candidates include Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia and Turkey. Albania, Montenegro and Serbia are potential future candidates.

On the Stump: Erdogan Lashes Out at Germany in Search of Votes

On the Stump: Erdogan Lashes Out at Germany in Search of Votes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has been sharply critical of comments made by German President Joachim Gauck about his country's democratic deficiencies. His assertiveness plays well with Turks in Germany, who could be a strong force in the next election. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2014

Great Britain used to play a key role in leading Europe, and the benefits have been substantial. But now, the UK is turning its back on the EU and has chosen to focus on peripheral issues. It is the wrong move. An Essay by Will Straw more... Comment ]

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko: 'The People Intend to Fight'

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko: 'The People Intend to Fight'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2013

Ukrainian opposition leader and heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko spoke to SPIEGEL about his presidential ambitions, the ongoing threat of a violent crackdown against the protesters, and Germany's role in bringing Ukraine closer to Europe. Interview Conducted By Benjamin Bidder and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Poverty Migration: Berlin Backs UK's 'Benefit Tourism' Offensive 

Poverty Migration: Berlin Backs UK's 'Benefit Tourism' Offensive 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Germany has now stepped into the UK-triggered fray over introducing new restrictions on migration within the EU. The European Commission is enraged, and even conservative EU parliamentarians warn of pandering to populists. By Carsten Volkery and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Joining the Club: Croatia Celebrates Entry to European Union

Joining the Club: Croatia Celebrates Entry to European Union

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2013

The European Union gained its 28th member on Monday -- Croatia. It's a major milestone for the former Yugoslav country, which was ravaged by war only two decades ago. But to pull out of its current economic slump, it still has a lot of work to do. more... Comment ]

'Late for the Party': No Joy in Croatia's EU Accession

'Late for the Party': No Joy in Croatia's EU Accession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

Croatia becomes a member of the EU next week. But with Zagreb likely to need urgent subsidies from Brussels, is the small Eastern European country ready for accession? By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

EU Accession: Turkish Talks to Continue Despite Berlin Tiff

EU Accession: Turkish Talks to Continue Despite Berlin Tiff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2013

The European Union agreed on Tuesday to continue accession talks with Turkey, but only after a progress report due in October. The compromise deal serves to defuse the recent acrimonious dispute between Ankara and Berlin. more... Comment ]

German-Turkish Spat: Berlin Summons Turkish Ambassador over Merkel Criticism

German-Turkish Spat: Berlin Summons Turkish Ambassador over Merkel Criticism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2013

Germany's foreign minister is irritated by the reaction of Turkey's leading European affairs official to remarks by Chancellor Angela Merkel about the excessive use of force against protesters. Guido Westerwelle believes the rhetoric is "anything but European." more...

'They Will Give In': Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession

'They Will Give In': Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2013

A European commissioner's remark that Germany and France would one day come crawling "on their knees" begging Turkey to join the EU has miffed Berlin and thrilled Ankara. As German Chancellor Merkel prepares for a visit to Turkey, the country is pushing for concessions. By Jürgen Gottschlich in Istanbul more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: Turkish Accession Is 'of Minor Importance' to EU

The World from Berlin: Turkish Accession Is 'of Minor Importance' to EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2012

Turkey's prime minister has given the European Union until 2023 to grant his country full membership. But resistance remains strong and the EU has more important issues to deal with at the moment, argue German media commentators on Thurday. more...