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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.

Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain

Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2017

Europe used to have a fearful respect of the Tories. But those days have long since passed. Now, the weakened party may have accidentally killed off Brexit -- a pet project that most party leaders didn't want in the first place. An Editorial by Thomas Hüetlin more... Comment ]

Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: Europeans 'Must Learn World Affairs'

Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: Europeans 'Must Learn World Affairs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 62, discusses the EU's growing self-confidence, its differences with President Trump and Brexit negotiations in the wake of an unclear election outcome in Britain. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Dirk Kurbjuweit in Brussels more...


EU Commissioner Malmström: 'Millions of U.S. Jobs Depend On Trade with EU'

EU Commissioner Malmström: 'Millions of U.S. Jobs Depend On Trade with EU'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2017

In an interview, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström of Sweden discusses the best way of dealing with free trade foe Donald Trump, unfair Chinese business practices and why it will likely take a "number of years" before the EU reaches a deal on future ties with post-Brexit Britain. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

Trump's Travails: US President Can't Escape Troubles on the Road

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

Mired in a web of scandal and lies back home, Donald Trump embarked on his first international trip this week to the Middle East and Europe. It was seen by the administration as a possible new beginning. But it hasn't worked out that way. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

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 ]