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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.

Desperate in Athens: Unaccompanied Migrant Boys in Greece Turn to Prostitution

Desperate in Athens: Unaccompanied Migrant Boys in Greece Turn to Prostitution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2017

In Greece, refugees face dire living conditions, limited housing and catastrophically long wait times for their claims. On a square in Athens, unaccompanied boys from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria are increasingly pursuing a last-ditch option for survival: prostitution. By Giorgos Christides more... Comment ]

Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Merkel, too, is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming. By Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

Emmanuel Macron's election is nothing short of a political upheaval in France. As the youngest president in the country's history, he has set himself the task of reunifying a divided country. Can his project of political renewal succeed? And can he help save Europe? By Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

With the support of almost two-thirds of French voters, Emmanuel Macron has been elected as France's youngest president ever. He now has the chance to modernize his country -- and save Europe. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

The Deadly Mediterranean Route: EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis

The Deadly Mediterranean Route: EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2017

The number of migrants crossing the dangerous Mediterranean route has risen significantly since the beginning of the year. European officials fear the situation could further deteriorate. So far, though, Brussels hasn't been able to agree on a solution. By Christiane Hoffmann, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2017

Never before in the six-decade history of the Fifth Republic have French voters so thoroughly rejected establishment parties. In this new political reality, only one thing is certain: There are no certainties. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

A significant number of eligible Turkish voters living in Europe supported the referendum that curtails democracy in Turkey. That has triggered calls for consequences in both Berlin and Brussels and stirred up the German election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]