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Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz: 'Europe's Values Cannot Be Negotiable'

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz: 'Europe's Values Cannot Be Negotiable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2016

At 29, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is the world's youngest foreign minister. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the rise of the far right in his country and Europe, the immigrant crisis and the dangers of dependence on Turkey. Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Austria's mainstream parties long believed they could keep the far right under control. On Sunday, though, a right-wing populist could become the country's president. What went wrong? The answer has implications for all of Europe. By Hasnain Kazim, Katrin Kuntz, Walter Mayr and Barbara Supp more... Comment ]

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Democracy reflects the will of the people. But what if the will of the people threatens democracy? With the right wing on the rise, there is only one appropriate approach. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


The Austrian Malady: Turning Right in the Refugee Crisis

The Austrian Malady: Turning Right in the Refugee Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2016

The far-right candidate from the Austrian Freedom Party won an unexpected 35 percent of the vote in the first round of the country's presidential election. The established parties are largely to blame. An Essay by Armin Thurnher more... Comment ]

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Angela Merkel is still hoping for a European solution to the refugee crisis. But with patience running out, Austria has joined countries on the Balkan Route to impose Plan B. But with the closure of borders, the situation in Greece is becoming dangerous. more... Comment ]


Austrian Chancellor Faymann: 'Memories of Our Continent's Darkest Period'

Austrian Chancellor Faymann: 'Memories of Our Continent's Darkest Period'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2015

In an interview, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann discusses Germany's reaction to the refugee crisis, his disappointment in Hungary's response and his idea of sanctions for Eastern European countries that aren't sharing the burden. more... Comment ]

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

A tiny Austrian village has put itself on the design map by commissioning international architects to create local bus stops. The sophisticated structures are proving popular with locals. more... Comment ]


Populists Gain Ground: Austrian Voters Shift to the Right

Populists Gain Ground: Austrian Voters Shift to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Austrians voted on Sunday to re-elect their current coalition government. But the country's two largest parties saw their worst nationwide election results since World War II while the right-wing populists made substantial gains. more...

Austria Votes: Small Parties Could Unsettle Vienna

Austria Votes: Small Parties Could Unsettle Vienna

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

A grand coalition has ruled Austria for almost seven years and most of the postwar period. But rising support for upstart and populist parties could disrupt that trend after Sunday's parliamentary elections. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]