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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 View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2015

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Migration Crisis: TheáEU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: TheáEU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2015

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker remains committed to preventing a Grexit. Butáhe tellsáSPIEGEL that his patience is wearing thin: "I don't believe the Greek government's response has been sufficient." Interview conducted by Peter MŘller, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance MinisteráMulls Taking on Merkel

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance MinisteráMulls Taking on Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2015

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schńuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens. But will he dare to dig in his heels and defy Merkel? By Peter MŘller, RenÚ Pfister and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

TheáTTIP Gap: How aáTrans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

TheáTTIP Gap: How aáTrans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

The European Commission is hoping that a major trade agreement with the US will stimulate the EU economy. But many in Europe fear adverse impacts on the environment and democracy. Negotiators ought to consider a third approach. By Spiegel Staff more... Comment ]

Modern Duchy: Luxembourg Prime Minister Turns Tradition on Its Head

Modern Duchy: Luxembourg Prime Minister Turns Tradition on Its Head

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is trying to reshape the Grand Duchy into a country as liberal as he is himself. He has introduced gay marriage and curbed the Catholic Church's once powerful influence over the country. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It'sáTime To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It'sáTime To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA tortureáand the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

Breaking the Resistance: How Brussels Is Integrating Its Euro-Skeptics

Breaking the Resistance: How Brussels Is Integrating Its Euro-Skeptics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2015

One year ago, more euro-skeptics got elected to the European Parliament than ever before, including a number of MEPs from Austria, Britain, France and Greece. They wanted to attack Europe from within, but instead the EU transformed them. By Manfred Ertel, Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Scheuermann in Brussels and Strasbourg more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and human rights activist Elias Bierdel recently met with SPIEGEL editors to debate German and EU migration policies in light of the recentámass deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. Interview Conducted By Maximilian Popp and J÷rg Schindler more... Comment ]

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, the EUámay seek a UN mandate authorizing the use of military force against migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe via the Mediterranean. But skepticism of the plans in Brussels is widespread. By Horand Knaup, Christoph Schult, Gordon Repinski and Ann-Katrin MŘller more... Comment ]