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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

In response to Brexit, European Commission President Juncker wants deeper EU integration. German Chancellor Merkel does not. SPIEGEL takes you inside the vast EU power struggle triggered by the UK referendum. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

Could Brexit lead other countries to seek to leave the European Union? SPIEGEL spoke with far-right Dutch populist Geert Wilders about how he wants to use a "Nexit" to prevent the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2016

The closure of the Balkan route has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece with nowhere to go. Smugglers who once profited from sneaking migrants deeper into Europe are now offering a new service: A way back to Turkey. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

The common reaction by the German media to Brexit is that Leave voters are either old fools or made a mistake. But their answer to Britain's departure -- to transfer even greater power to Brussels -- is equally delusional. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

Angela Merkel is known for her dispassionate objectivity. But when it comes to Brexit, a bit more emotion is needed. Change is necessary in the European Union, but the German chancellor seems uninterested in leading the charge. A Commentary by Sebastian Fischer more...

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2016

Boris Johnson is Britain's most talented populist. He has seduced his country to leave the European Union -- and it could make him prime minister. But those supporting him could end up paying most dearly. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2016

The consequences of Brexit are going to be painful for Britain. But for the EU, there are plenty of advantages. A Commentary by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

Brexit in Berlin: Merkel Sizes Up the Next EU Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2016

Closed-door meetings, crisis talks, hastily arranged diplomatic consultations: Since the British voted to leave the EU, officials in Berlin have been rushing to figure out how to respond. What happens next? By Sebastian Fischer, Florian Gathmann, Matthias Gebauer, Annett Meiritz and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

A Pact Against Brecession: How We Can Prevent Contagion

A Pact Against Brecession: How We Can Prevent Contagion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2016

The British vote has shocked the financial markets, and it also threatens to cripple the German and European economies. What Europeans need now is an emergency stimulus package to fight potential contagion. The clock is ticking. By Thomas Fricke more... Comment ]

Opinion: The Brits Have Chosen Out and Must Face the Consequences

Opinion: The Brits Have Chosen Out and Must Face the Consequences

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 25, 2016

The economic consequences of a Britain's departure from the European Union are manageable - but only if Europe's leaders handle Brexit properly. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Armin Mahler more... Comment ]