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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.

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of last week's failed coup to consolidate his power. As the country slides into a dictatorship, there is a lot at stake for the West. But the effects in Turkey itself promise to be far greater. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A New Beginning: Theresa May's Opportunity to Reinvent Britain

A New Beginning: Theresa May's Opportunity to Reinvent Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, faces a difficult task. She must reconcile the country and improve the lives of those who feel left behind. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

The European Commission insists that it knew nothing about diesel emissions manipulations perpetrated by Volkswagen and other automobile manufacturers. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE show otherwise. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

The Waiting Game: Playing for Time After Brexit

The Waiting Game: Playing for Time After Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

Two weeks after the EU referendum, Britain's political elite is crumbling and the country still has no plan for Brexit. The next government -- and also the Europeans -- will have to pick up the pieces. By Christoph Scheuermann in London more... Comment ]


Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

Following the Brexit vote, attention in the EU is likely to shift to internal debates on the future of European integration. But it's important that Europe not forget the Western Balkans, for whom the prospect of membership in the bloc is an important motivator for peace. By Sarah Wohlfeld more... Comment ]

Interview with Juncker and Schulz: 'Deadly for Europe'

Interview with Juncker and Schulz: 'Deadly for Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

The presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Martin Schulz, 60, and Jean-Claude Juncker, 61, talk about the consequences of the Brexit vote, the failures of EU leaders and their early morning phone calls. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Horand Knaup and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


Electorate Tremors: The Era of the Angry Voter Is Upon Us

Electorate Tremors: The Era of the Angry Voter Is Upon Us

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2016

Whether they are fans of Donald Trump, supporters of Brexit or Marine Le Pen voters in France, "angry voters" have one thing in common: They've been left in the dust by globalization. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Warsaw, what is the best way to proceed with Russia? Which aims should the West and the Kremlin be pursuing? And what can be done to end the current crisis? One thing is clear: We need strategic patience. An Essay By Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]


Perilous Plebiscites: Brexit Vote Underscores Limits of Direct Democracy

Perilous Plebiscites: Brexit Vote Underscores Limits of Direct Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Brexit sheds light on the problems created when the idea of direct democracy is abused. In our complex 21st century world, we have no choice but to delegate authority for most decision-making to our elected representatives. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, discusses the consequences of Brexit for Europe and why he believes the British should be given the time they need to contemplate the consequences of their vote to leave the EU. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]