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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.

Europe Is Dead: Long Live Europe?

Europe Is Dead: Long Live Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2016

The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. Both Britain and the rest of Europe now face years of uncertainty. The tough negotiations ahead pose serious questions about the EU's future. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Brexit Aftermath: Europe's Zero Hour Presents an Opportunity

Brexit Aftermath: Europe's Zero Hour Presents an Opportunity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2016

Brexit is a catastrophe, but it is not the end of the European Union. The EU must now take advantage of the opportunity it has been presented with. Here's how. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The Brexit Shock: If We Don't Love Europe, We Will Lose It

The Brexit Shock: If We Don't Love Europe, We Will Lose It

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2016

The Brits have voted to leave the EU. It was a democratic decision and we have no choice but to come to terms with the loss. But it's lso time for a reckoning: If we don't become more passionate about the European Union, we will lose it. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more... Comment ]

Fear and Loathing in Britain: Brexit Is an Act of Deliberate Self-Mutilation

Fear and Loathing in Britain: Brexit Is an Act of Deliberate Self-Mutilation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2016

Britain's vote to leave the EU was a gut decision, an emblem of a country in retreat. The island nation is getting smaller and smaller. By Christoph Scheuermann in London more... Comment ]

Black Thursday: Europe in Shock over Brexit

Black Thursday: Europe in Shock over Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2016

The unbelievable has happened: The British have voted to leave the EU, with Brexiteers scoring a narrow victory. The only certainty at the moment is that Europe and Britain now face great uncertainty. By Christian Teevs in London more... Comment ]

Thatcher Biographer: How the Tories Turned Against the EU

Thatcher Biographer: How the Tories Turned Against the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2016

Britain's Tories were once a pro-European party. They only shifted course in the later stages of Margaret Thatcher's era as prime minister. The Iron Lady's official biographer explains how erstwhile Europhiles became Euroskeptics. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann more... Video | Comment ]

Don't Leave Us! Why Germany Needs the British

Don't Leave Us! Why Germany Needs the British

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2016

In just under two weeks, the people will decide if they want to remain in the EU or not. Brexit would be a catastrophe for everyone, including the UK itself. Why we need the British and the British need us. An Appeal. By Peter Müller, Christoph Pauly and Christoph Scheuermann more... Video | Comment ]

Betting the Banks: Will Brexit Be End of Party for London?

Betting the Banks: Will Brexit Be End of Party for London?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2016

London is the world's leading financial capital, ahead of New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. The city placed its bets on globalization and won, attracting both legitimate and shady business with its lax rules. A vote in favor of Brexit could jeopardize its position. By Martin Hesse in London more... Comment ]

Commission Complaints: Juncker's Leadership Style Under the Microscope

Commission Complaints: Juncker's Leadership Style Under the Microscope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2016

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is increasingly under fire because of his unilateral style of leadership. Officials in Berlin and Brussels are losing their patience and EU legal experts have cast doubt on some of his methods. By Peter Müller, Christoph Pauly, Christian Reiermann and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Shooting Star: French Economics Minister Macron Means Business

Shooting Star: French Economics Minister Macron Means Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2016

Emmanuel Macron isn't afraid of telling it like it is -- he has called for reforms and criticized his own government. Many are pegging him as a possible successor to François Hollande. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Scotland and the Referendum: Fears of the Exit after Brexit

Scotland and the Referendum: Fears of the Exit after Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2016

The Scots would clearly prefer to stay in the EU, but even here, there are pockets of voters who may support Britain's withdrawal. If the UK does leave, will it increase prospects for a renewed Scottish independence vote? By Vera Kämper in Glasgow and Edinburgh (Article and Photos) more... Comment ]