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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.

The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2018

With the arrival of Richard Grenell, an unusual diplomat has taken up quarters at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. The new ambassador is outspoken, modern and openly gay but also an arch-conservative. He tweets more than the president. By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]

Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union's future. Interview Conducted By Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Iran Crisis: Trump Drives Wedge Between Germany and France

Iran Crisis: Trump Drives Wedge Between Germany and France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2018

Donald Trump's move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran should have pulled the European Union together, but Angela Merkel has instead chosen to appease the U.S. president. Criticism of her stance is mounting in Brussels and Berlin. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström: 'We Won't Allow Ourselves to Be Blackmailed'

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström: 'We Won't Allow Ourselves to Be Blackmailed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, 50, says the EU won't negotiate "until Trump stops pointing the gun at our chest." But, she adds, Europe would much prefer compromise over aggression. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties

Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2018

With his decision to blow up the Iran deal, U.S. President Donald Trump has thrown Europe into uncertainty and anxiety -- and raised the specter of a new war in the Middle East. One thing is certain: the trans-Atlantic relationship has been seriously damaged. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal marks the temporary suspension of the trans-Atlantic alliance. What now? A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]


American Roulette: Trump Tricks Trade Partners into Dangerous Game

American Roulette: Trump Tricks Trade Partners into Dangerous Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2018

Donald Trump has issued a new ultimatum in his tariffs dispute with the European Union. Although his strategy may appear erratic, it has its own logic. Things could get dangerous if the EU decides to play his game. By Martin Hesse, Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

World Press Freedom Day: Hungary's Attack on the Media Is Un-European

World Press Freedom Day: Hungary's Attack on the Media Is Un-European

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2018

A Hungarian newspaper with close ties to the government has published a black list of foreign correspondents. One of those on the list is SPIEGEL ONLINE reporter Keno Verseck. It's just one more example of the country's slide into authoritarianism. An Editorial By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]


The Macron Dilemma: Why Merkel Must Act on Paris' Eurozone Reform Proposals

The Macron Dilemma: Why Merkel Must Act on Paris' Eurozone Reform Proposals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2018

Germany has been sitting on eurozone-reform proposals from French President Emmanuel Macron for months. If Berlin doesn't act soon, a historical opportunity may go to waste. And that could spell doom for the common currency. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

Sidelined: Germany's Incredibly Shrinking Role on the World Stage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2018

With a wayward president at the helm in the United States, the world has become a more dangerous place. In response, though, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again steering Germany to the foreign policy sidelines, clearing the way for French President Emmanuel Macron. By DER SPIEGEL Staff By Matthias Gebauer, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Christian Reiermann, Christoph Scheuermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]