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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 Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

Opinion: It's High Time for a European Broadcasting Service

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

Propaganda spreads faster on social media than serious information and we've just experienced what an election looks like in the post-factual world. The European Union should launch its own broadcasting channel to counter the lies, draw Europe together and defend democracy. By Jakob von Weizsäcker and André Wilkens more... Comment ]


Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2017

In an interview, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, 43, discusses the era of political uncertainty that has been unleashed with Donald Trump's presidency and Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Money, Money Everywhere: Why Does the EU Get Such a Bad Rap?

Money, Money Everywhere: Why Does the EU Get Such a Bad Rap?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2017

Has the EU really lost touch with its citizens? Is it unable to improve people's lives? Yes and no. Across Europe, EU money flows from Brussels into thousands of projects and ideas. Why does nobody notice? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2017

Theresa May wanted to show a friendly yet tough face to her country's European allies. But her Brexit speech showed one thing above all: The British prime minister is blind to reality. A Commentary by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2017

In order to consolidate his power, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is creating a corrupt oligarchy in Hungary. He's also letting his family and friends in on the lucrative action. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Brexit Confusion: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Brexit Confusion: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2017

Six months after the EU referendum, the government in Britain still has no plan for leaving the bloc. What does Brexit really mean? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Juncker's Right-Hand Man: The Most Powerful Bureaucrat in EU History?

Juncker's Right-Hand Man: The Most Powerful Bureaucrat in EU History?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2017

Martin Selmayr, cabinet chief for EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, wields tremendous power in Brussels. That is not to everyone's liking. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2016

The national-conservative Law and Justice party has been in power in Poland for a year. Its anti-EU message has resonated in the country even though leaving the bloc isn't really an option. State control, meanwhile, is expanding. By Ralf Hoppe and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi failed to get the result he wanted in a critical referendum on Sunday. With the announcement of his intention to resign, Italy and Europe face storms ahead. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]