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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 ]

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

Queen's Quandary: Chancellor Merkel's Power Erodes in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2014

For years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the strongest politician in the European Union. Lately, her hold on power has become weaker -- and one of the greatest challenges is coming from within her own government. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Commission Crusade: Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

Commission Crusade: Cameron Outmaneuvered in Battle over Juncker

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron is determined not to let Jean-Claude Juncker become president of the European Commission. But he is increasingly isolated. He might face his Waterloo as early as next week. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2014

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: Europe's Juncker Bond

Opinion: Europe's Juncker Bond

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker vehemently criticized German-imposed austerity measures during the euro crisis. By doing so, he gained support in a number of countries -- especially those which would like to see the common currency zone degraded into a debt union. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Cameron's Empty Threat: Britain Risks Losing an Ally in EU Feud

Cameron's Empty Threat: Britain Risks Losing an Ally in EU Feud

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2014

It appears David Cameron's strategy has backfired. His campaign to derail Jean-Claude Juncker's appointment as the next EU Commission president is failing and the British prime minister may soon suffer a loss of face. Angela Merkel is his only possible savior. By Carsten Volkery in London more... Comment ]

Ex-Premier Blair: 'British Understand the Folly of Leaving the EU'

Ex-Premier Blair: 'British Understand the Folly of Leaving the EU'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2014

Not much has been heard from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair lately. But in recent days, he has waded into the debate surrounding the next EU Commission president. In an interview, he also predicts that the British will vote to stay in the European Union. By Carsten Volkery in London more... Comment ]

Decision Time: Britain Must Choose Now If It Will Stay in Europe

Decision Time: Britain Must Choose Now If It Will Stay in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2014

For years Britain has blackmailed and made a fool out of the EU. The United Kingdom must finally make a choice: It can play by the rules or it can leave the European Union. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2014

Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain's EU exit. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

Mr. Perfect from Warsaw: The Rise of Poland's Foreign Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has thrust Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski into the limelight as he takes a leading role in formulating Europe's response to Russian aggression. Long a star in Warsaw politics, his stature is now growing internationally. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]