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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.

Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2016

What is the job of today's European monarchs? Voicing political opinions on issues certainly isn't one of them, but Denmark's Queen Margrethe II wants to make an exception. Interview Conducted By Manfred Ertel and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Juncker-Schulz Partnership: A Test for EU Democracy

Juncker-Schulz Partnership: A Test for EU Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2016

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Parliament President Martin Schulz entered office pledging to make the European Union more democratic. Now, the two appear more worried about helping each other keep their jobs. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World'

EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2016

With Europe falling ever-deeper into crisis, European Parliament President Martin Schulz is warning of the further advance of right-wing populism. In an interview, he also says he fears the possibility of a President Trump. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker, Florian Gathmann and Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Interrail Journey: Europe Through the Eyes of the Next Generation

Interrail Journey: Europe Through the Eyes of the Next Generation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2016

A quarter million young Europeans spent this summer rolling through the Continent on an Interrail ticket. Conversations with the travelers reveal a younger generation that understands the EU better than their elders might think. By Juan Moreno more... Comment ]


The Brexit Bill: Britain's Departure Likely to Cost EU Billions

The Brexit Bill: Britain's Departure Likely to Cost EU Billions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2016

At a summit in Bratislava this week, the EU wants to set the course for its future without Britain. One important issue is likely to be ignored by European leaders: The fact that Brexit is going to be expensive for Europe, especially for Germany. By Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2016

What's next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending -- and more foreign deployments. A Guest Editorial By Jean-Marie Guéhenno more... Comment ]


US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2016

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel recently claimed negotiations over the planned trans-Atlantic free trade agreement had fallen apart. US Trade Representative Michael Froman says that's incorrect and argues now is the time for unity. Interview Conducted By Veit Medick in Washington more... Video | Comment ]

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2016

Despite the Turkish President's crackdown on opponents in the wake of the failed coup attempt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for strong continued ties to the country. It may be the only way to preserve the EU's crucial refugee deal. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]