Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

In the Kremlin's Grip: Fears Grow Over Bulgaria's Russian Dependence

In the Kremlin's Grip: Fears Grow Over Bulgaria's Russian Dependence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2014

Bulgaria's close energy ties to Russia are causing concern among European officials -- they worry Moscow will use Sofia as a beachhead for its interests and drive a wedge between EU member states. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

'Fresh Meat': A Bulgarian Businessman Moves His Village to Germany

'Fresh Meat': A Bulgarian Businessman Moves His Village to Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2014

Two Bulgarians -- a former cow trader and a mini-bus driver -- are moving their village piece by piece to Hamburg. It is good business for them, but their customers don't always get what they bargained for. By Özlem Gezer and Milos Djuric (Photographs) more... Comment ]

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Officials in Brussels have been highly critical of a German provision that limits access by EU nationals to its unemployment benefits. In an interview, EU Commissioner László Andor criticizes "unscrupulous politicians" seeking to foment populism. Interview by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Brussels is demanding that even foreigners who have never worked in Germany should have access to the country's unemployment benefits if they hail from an EU member state. The EU is firing Germany's already overheated immigration debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2014

The Association of German cities this week played down depictions that an influx of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria is causing major problems for the country. The group's president says troubles are concentrated in a handfull of cities. more...

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

A debate over whether Germany profits from Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has flared up since the EU opened its labor market to these workers. Statisticians are struggling to come up with conclusive evidence on either side of the argument. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

The debate over "poverty migration" to Germany has escalated inside Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition this week, prompting her to step in and seek to calm fears as Bulgarians and Romanians gain access to the European labor market. more... Comment ]

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Poland's leading daily and its most prominent former dissident. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the threat of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, the decline of the region's political culture and feelings of being treated like second-class citizens in Europe. more... Comment ]

Protests in Sofia: Police Break Siege of Bulgarian Parliament

Protests in Sofia: Police Break Siege of Bulgarian Parliament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

Forty days of anti-government protests culminated Tuesday night in an eight-hour blockade of Bulgaria's parliament in Sofia. Police ended the siege on Wednesday morning, escorting more than 100 officials out of the building amid ongoing unrest. more... Comment ]