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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.

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of last week's failed coup to consolidate his power. As the country slides into a dictatorship, there is a lot at stake for the West. But the effects in Turkey itself promise to be far greater. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. By Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

With Friends Like These...: Erdogan's Assault on Freedom and Democracy

With Friends Like These...: Erdogan's Assault on Freedom and Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2016

The EU has placed its fate in the hands of Turkish President Erdogan. But the man who is to help solve the refugee crisis has recently shown more clearly than ever that he prefers autocracy to democracy. He is the price Europe must pay for failure. By SPIEGEL Staff more...


Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2014

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 ]

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 ]