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Mountains of Debt

Gone are the big, deficit-spending days of the 2000s. EU governments have undergone rounds of belt-tightening measures, including cutting social services and raising retirement ages. Even Germany, Europe's strongest economy, pushed through its own far-reaching savings package.

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2014

Thirty-six year old Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron has been tasked by French President Hollande with reforming the country. But it won't be easy. Socialists view him with suspicion and the party's left wing is already preparing for battle. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

Interview with Hilary Mantel: 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2014

Hilary Mantel's historical novels are celebrated in Britain, but her critiques of the establishment are widely feared. In a SPIEGEL interview, she says her country is retreating into insularity and to attitudes prevalent in Victorian times. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2014

The debate over Germany's insistence on euro-zone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she lacks extensive experience, but is full of confidence. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Radical Reform

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Radical Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a neophyte on the national stage. But he has lofty ambitions nonetheless. A look back at his time as the mayor of Florence provides a glimpse of how he might run Italy. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Clinching the powerful post of finance minister in coalition talks would be a major coup for the center-left Social Democrats. But they may drop the demand in return for policy concessions -- and due to tactical considerations by SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel. more... Comment ]

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Official coalition talks began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy. more... Comment ]

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Angela Merkel's tough-nosed euro policies have divided the Continent and earned her a reputation for coldness. Now that the election has strengthened her hand and freed her of pesky partners, she has a chance to reshape her stance. A Commentary by Stefan Kaiser more... Comment ]

Scion of Austerity: A Tall Order for New Greek Reform Minister

Scion of Austerity: A Tall Order for New Greek Reform Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2013

Kyriakos Mitsotakis has only been minister for administrative reform for a few weeks. But he is already under heavy pressure from the troika to reduce Greek spending. To show he means business, the ambitious son of an old political family will soon cut thousands of jobs. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

'Germany Is Critical': IMF Calls on Berlin to Loosen Pocketbook

'Germany Is Critical': IMF Calls on Berlin to Loosen Pocketbook

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2013

Germany has passed its annual fiscal health check by the International Monetary Fund, but the watchdog is warning that the country's overreliance on exports still makes it susceptible to external shocks. more...