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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.

Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2017

Turks have voted to give their autocratic president even more power, with few checks and balances. By doing so, they have cast their ballot against the values of the European Union. It's time for the EU to take action by ending membership talks with Turkey. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

It's the EU Stupid: German Campaign Turning into a Debate Over Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2017

In six months, Germany will go to the polls in a showdown between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz. One issue is set to dominate the campaign: What to do about the European Union. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Leaving Room for Second Thoughts: Experts Believe Exit from Brexit Would Be Legally Possible

Leaving Room for Second Thoughts: Experts Believe Exit from Brexit Would Be Legally Possible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

Could the British government pull its Article 50 notification and halt the Brexit process in order to buy more time for negotiations? Legal experts believe that could be possible. The European Parliament has now applied stipulations to ensure that cannot happen. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

A Rock and a Hard Place: Gibraltar Erupts as Early Brexit Issue

A Rock and a Hard Place: Gibraltar Erupts as Early Brexit Issue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2017

In an escalation over the battle for Gibraltar's future, British politicians hinted over the weekend they would go to war to protect the enclave's sovereignty if push came to shove. What's behind the spat? By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]


Negotiation Fantasies: Hopes and Delusions from Brexitasia

Negotiation Fantasies: Hopes and Delusions from Brexitasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 30, 2017

The EU isn't setting out to punish Britain for leaving the bloc. But it is almost certain that the ultimate deal will be portrayed as such by Brexiteers. The reason is the completely unrealistic expectations harbored by the British. A Commentary by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'We Want Our Concerns to Be Taken Seriously'

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'We Want Our Concerns to Be Taken Seriously'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2017

Poland's foreign minister complains that his country has been mistreated by the European Union. SPIEGEL spoke with Witold Waszczykowski about what Warsaw wants, what Warsaw gets and his country's troubled relationship with Germany. Interview Conducted by Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2017

The recent election in the Netherlands has sparked hope that the march of the right-wing populists has been halted. But it's important that populism be answered with democratic confidence rather than misguided imitation. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the most unconventional French presidential candidate in decades, and if he keeps his momentum, he could keep Marine Le Pen from taking power. His promise to voters: the building of a new France. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]


A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2017

Angela Merkel is planning a dual strategy for her first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday. She wants to foster close personal relations with the new U.S. president, but she also wants to make clear the Berlin is armed for a trade war against Washington. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2017

Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]