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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.

Where Dreams Come to Die: Migrant Path in Europe Ends at Brenner Pass

Where Dreams Come to Die: Migrant Path in Europe Ends at Brenner Pass

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2017

Migrants who make it across the Mediterranean to Italy dream of continuing on to northern Europe. Most, though, are unable to make it past the Brenner Pass. A visit to Europe's waiting room. By Fiona Ehlers more... Comment ]

Stemming the Flow: Why Europe's Migrant Strategy Is an Illusion

Stemming the Flow: Why Europe's Migrant Strategy Is an Illusion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2017

Europe hopes that the fates of African migrants will soon be decided at facilities in Chad or Niger. It is a wonderful idea, but also a misleading illusion. In truth, Europe's primary focus is on shutting down the Mediterranean route. By Mirco Keilberth, Peter Müller and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Borderline Insanity: What Does Brexit Mean for Northern Ireland?

Borderline Insanity: What Does Brexit Mean for Northern Ireland?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2017

For almost 20 years, Northern Ireland has largely been at peace. Brexit now threatens to tear the scabs off of old wounds. London recently presented a plan for the country, but it is vague and lacks detail. By Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Hell on Earth: Libyan Camps for Refugees Are Not the Answer

Hell on Earth: Libyan Camps for Refugees Are Not the Answer

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2017

There are many who would like to see migrants sheltered in reception camps in Libya. But a recent report compiled by European Union diplomats who visited the country reveals that the idea is completely unworkable. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

From Paragon To Pariah: How Kaczynski Is Driving Poland Away from Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2017

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the most powerful politician in Poland, is the architect of judicial reforms that have drawn massive criticism across Europe. As the Polish government chips away at checks and balances, is it possible the politician could drive the country out of the EU? By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2017

Ahead of the Hamburg G-20 summit, the EU trade conflict with the U.S. is threatening to escalate. Both Brussels and Washington are looking into sanctions and Chancellor Merkel is concerned that a fiasco could ensue. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Video | Comment ]

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2017

Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old. By Walter Mayr and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Stumbling to the Starting Line: Brexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

Stumbling to the Starting Line: Brexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

Britain's crippled Prime Minister Theresa May is stumbling into Brexit negotiations, which are set to finally begin next week. She is doing all she can to cling to power, but recent elections mean it isn't even clear what kind of Brexit Britain wants. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Misguided Euro Skepticism: The Dangerous Nationalism of Europe's Left

Misguided Euro Skepticism: The Dangerous Nationalism of Europe's Left

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

Rather than embracing euroskeptics on the populist right, Europe's leftists should throw their support behind center-left French President Macron's policies to create a stronger eurozone. The alternative is a splintered left and stronger right. An Essay By Michael Sauga more... Comment ]