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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.

Electorate Tremors: The Era of the Angry Voter Is Upon Us

Electorate Tremors: The Era of the Angry Voter Is Upon Us

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 06, 2016

Whether they are fans of Donald Trump, supporters of Brexit or Marine Le Pen voters in France, "angry voters" have one thing in common: They've been left in the dust by globalization. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Warsaw, what is the best way to proceed with Russia? Which aims should the West and the Kremlin be pursuing? And what can be done to end the current crisis? One thing is clear: We need strategic patience. An Essay By Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

Perilous Plebiscites: Brexit Vote Underscores Limits of Direct Democracy

Perilous Plebiscites: Brexit Vote Underscores Limits of Direct Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2016

Brexit sheds light on the problems created when the idea of direct democracy is abused. In our complex 21st century world, we have no choice but to delegate authority for most decision-making to our elected representatives. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

Merkel's Chief of Staff on Brexit: 'Advice from Outside Out of Place'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, discusses the consequences of Brexit for Europe and why he believes the British should be given the time they need to contemplate the consequences of their vote to leave the EU. Interview Conducted by Ralf Neukirch and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

Brexit Aftershocks: An Inside Look at the EU's Raging Power Struggle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

In response to Brexit, European Commission President Juncker wants deeper EU integration. German Chancellor Merkel does not. SPIEGEL takes you inside the vast EU power struggle triggered by the UK referendum. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

Interview with Geert Wilders: Why Dutch Populists Want to Leave the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2016

Could Brexit lead other countries to seek to leave the European Union? SPIEGEL spoke with far-right Dutch populist Geert Wilders about how he wants to use a "Nexit" to prevent the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

European Purgatory: Migrant Smugglers Helping Refugees Return to Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2016

The closure of the Balkan route has left tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece with nowhere to go. Smugglers who once profited from sneaking migrants deeper into Europe are now offering a new service: A way back to Turkey. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

The common reaction by the German media to Brexit is that Leave voters are either old fools or made a mistake. But their answer to Britain's departure -- to transfer even greater power to Brussels -- is equally delusional. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

Brexit on Ice: More Emotion Please, Angie

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2016

Angela Merkel is known for her dispassionate objectivity. But when it comes to Brexit, a bit more emotion is needed. Change is necessary in the European Union, but the German chancellor seems uninterested in leading the charge. A Commentary by Sebastian Fischer more...

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

Benefiting from Brexit: Boris Johnson's Folly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2016

Boris Johnson is Britain's most talented populist. He has seduced his country to leave the European Union -- and it could make him prime minister. But those supporting him could end up paying most dearly. By Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

The Future of Europe: So What if the British Are Leaving?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2016

The consequences of Brexit are going to be painful for Britain. But for the EU, there are plenty of advantages. A Commentary by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]