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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.

EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2015

In an interview, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he is more concerned about the state of the European Union than he has ever been. Solidarity, he believes, is eroding and nation-state parochialism is on the rise. Interview Conducted by Horand Knaup and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Awakening to the Reality of War: A Journey Along the Refugee Trail

Awakening to the Reality of War: A Journey Along the Refugee Trail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

Novelist Navid Kermani and photographer Moises Saman recently traveled for SPIEGEL from Budapest through the Balkans to Turkey. They tell of Europe's treatment of immigrants who almost all have the same destination: Germany. By Navid Kermani more... Comment ]

Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2015

Internal European Union documents seen by SPIEGEL clearly show how Luxembourg's government, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, sought to use tax breaks to attract companies to the country. European parliamentarians want to know more. By Markus Becker, Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Polish Elections: Law and Justice Party Regains Credibility by Dialing Down Rhetoric

Polish Elections: Law and Justice Party Regains Credibility by Dialing Down Rhetoric

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2015

Poland's parliamentary elections in late October look set to sweep the right-wing Law and Justice party into power. Its current popularity is partly due to leading candidate Beata Szydlo, who has helped tone down its strident, nationalistic image. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Germany's Refugee Challenge: 'It's Mostly the Politicians Who Have Been Overwhelmed'

Germany's Refugee Challenge: 'It's Mostly the Politicians Who Have Been Overwhelmed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2015

Doubt has lately begun creeping into the German refugee debate, but integration specialist Naika Foroutan says that the new Germany has sent its message loudly and clearly: "We can absorb the refugees!" Interview Conducted by Frank Hornig and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Reaching the Limit: 'The Number of Immigrants Has To Fall'

Reaching the Limit: 'The Number of Immigrants Has To Fall'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2015

In a guest editorial, Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor, both from the center-left Social Democrats, argue that Germany cannot accept an unlimited number of refugees. A Commentary by Sigmar Gabriel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier more... Comment ]

Varoufakis on Eastern Europe: 'A Connection Between Austerity and Xenophobia'

Varoufakis on Eastern Europe: 'A Connection Between Austerity and Xenophobia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2015

He failed as Greece's finance minister, but Yanis Varoufakis now wants to use his fame as a star leftist politician to change Europe. In an interview, he accuses Eastern Europeans of egotism -- with their fiscal policies and response to the refugee crisis. Interview Conducted by David Böcking and Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Looming Doubts : Merkel's Grip on Refugee Crisis May Be Slipping

Looming Doubts : Merkel's Grip on Refugee Crisis May Be Slipping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2015

The flow of refugees into Germany is continuing and the government in Berlin has found no way to slow it. Faith in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ability to handle the problem is plunging -- especially within her own party. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Portuguese Miracle: Young Entrepreneurs Lead Country Out of Crisis

The Portuguese Miracle: Young Entrepreneurs Lead Country Out of Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2015

Portugal's economic resurgence is a remarkable success story. Only four years ago, the country was forced to turn to the EU for a bailout. Today, a new generation of entrepreneurs and start-ups have fueled a turnaround and fostered a new national spirit. By Helene Zuber in Lisbon more... Comment ]

Mother Angela: Merkel's Refugee Policy Divides Europe

Mother Angela: Merkel's Refugee Policy Divides Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2015

Germans long knew their chancellor as a rational, deliberate decision maker. But in the refugee crisis, a new Merkel has emerged, driven by empathy. Increasingly, it is looking like the emotion-driven Merkel is prone to error. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]