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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 Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and Strasbourg. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

Mario Bothers: Germany Takes Aim at the European Central Bank

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

Business and political leaders in Germany are increasingly frustrated with the monetary policies of European Central Bank head Mario Draghi. Recently, the confrontation has threatened to become damaging to the euro zone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Uncertain Future: Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2016

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. By Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

Spying on Friends? Atmosphere of Distrust Hinders EU Anti-Terror Cooperation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2016

Following the attacks in Brussels, calls are growing for European intelligence services to work together more closely. But cooperation is difficult because Germany's secret service has little trust in its EU partners, and has even spied on them. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

A Polish Putin: Autocratic Power Grab Accelerates in Warsaw

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2016

Poland's national-conservative government was quick to sideline the country's high court. Now, Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his party have their sights set on complete control of the state. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

Alone in Berlin: How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2016

With her refugee policies, Chancellor Merkel has isolated Germany to a greater degree than any of her predecessors. The Balkan Route has been closed down against her will and many EU leaders believe her overtures to Turkey are delusional. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

New Fences on the Old Continent: Refugee Crisis Pushes Europe to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2016

Even as Chancellor Merkel continues pursuing a deal with Turkey, Austria and its Balkan neighbors to the south have taken things into their own hands. With fences going up across the region, Greece is in trouble and the EU can't figure out what to do. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Angela Merkel is still hoping for a European solution to the refugee crisis. But with patience running out, Austria has joined countries on the Balkan Route to impose Plan B. But with the closure of borders, the situation in Greece is becoming dangerous. more... Comment ]

Putin vs. Erdogan: NATO Concerned over Possible Russia-Turkey Hostilities

Putin vs. Erdogan: NATO Concerned over Possible Russia-Turkey Hostilities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2016

In Syria, the danger of a war between Turkey and Russia is on the rise. Officials in Berlin are worried that the situation could become an uncomfortable test case for NATO while Moscow seems intent on sowing divisions within the alliance. more... Comment ]

The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2016

The siege of Aleppo is a humanitarian catastrophe on a dramatic scale -- and a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has seized on the Syrian civil war to expose an impotent West and show his own geopolitical muscle. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]