- 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... [ Forum ]
- 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...
- October 29, 2012
Croatia must do its homework before it can join the European Union next summer as planned, says European Enlargement Minister Stefan Füle. He told SPIEGEL that the progress report released this month was an effort to "wake up" Zagreb, and emphasized that the accession process can be stopped any time. more... [ Forum ]
- October 22, 2012
Croatia is set to join the European Union next summer, but after a recent progress report exposed problem areas, several leading German conservatives have placed the timeline in doubt. The EU, they argue, does not need another Romania. more... [ Forum ]
- April 27, 2012
Germany is putting increasing pressure on the Ukrainian government over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, whose home city of Dnipropetrovsk was shaken by a series of explosions on Friday. German commentators applaud Berlin's hard line on the case. more... [ Forum ]
- July 28, 2011
NATO reinforcements have been sent to Kosovo's northern border with Serbia after a group of angry Serbs attacked and set fire to a border post there. They also reportedly opened fire on NATO troops nearby. The incident highlights growing tensions between ethnic Serbs and Kosovar Albanians. more...
- July 20, 2011
The ongoing dispute over divided Cyprus may escalate problems between Turkey and the European Union after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to freeze EU relations when the Greek Cypriots take on the rotating presidency in 2012. The move only serves to further disqualify Turkey's plans to join the EU, German conservatives say. more...
- July 08, 2011
Despite the myriad problems currently facing the European Union, democratization is not the answer. Rather, the EU's elites need to improve -- and power has to be taken away from the periphery. An Essay by Herfried Münkler more...
- June 09, 2011
Elections are looming in Turkey and, once again, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party is expected to emerge victorious. SPIEGEL spoke with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, 52, about Turkey's disappointment over Europe and Ankara's influence in the Arab world. more... [ Forum ]
- June 08, 2011
Political tensions surrounding recent elections are hurting Albania's chances of joining the EU. The country is divided into two political camps, and angry protesters have taken to the streets promising a revolution. By Jan Puhl more...