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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.

'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2016

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump issued some serious threats to NATO that could significantly alter the balance of power in Europe if delivered on. Fearing the worst, officials at the trans-Atlantic military alliance even developed scenarios for his possible presidency. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2016

Donald Trump's election has put establishment politicians in Europe in a state of panic. In Berlin, nobody knows what the US president-elect intends to do. In Brussels, fears are growing he will put wind into the sails of the growing anti-EU populist movement. BY SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Ms. Brexit: Theresa May Seeks to Reinvent Britain

Ms. Brexit: Theresa May Seeks to Reinvent Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to make a clean break with the leadership of her predecessor, David Cameron. Even as difficult Brexit negotiations loom, she hopes to draw on her past to reunite the United Kingdom. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2016

When he got elected nearly two years ago, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to stand up to the EU's austerity demands and restore his country's dignity. His failure to deliver risks plunging the country into a new political crisis. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2016

What is the job of today's European monarchs? Voicing political opinions on issues certainly isn't one of them, but Denmark's Queen Margrethe II wants to make an exception. Interview Conducted By Manfred Ertel and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Juncker-Schulz Partnership: A Test for EU Democracy

Juncker-Schulz Partnership: A Test for EU Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2016

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Parliament President Martin Schulz entered office pledging to make the European Union more democratic. Now, the two appear more worried about helping each other keep their jobs. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World'

EU Parliament President: 'Trump Is a Problem for the Whole World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2016

With Europe falling ever-deeper into crisis, European Parliament President Martin Schulz is warning of the further advance of right-wing populism. In an interview, he also says he fears the possibility of a President Trump. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker, Florian Gathmann and Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

Interrail Journey: Europe Through the Eyes of the Next Generation

Interrail Journey: Europe Through the Eyes of the Next Generation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2016

A quarter million young Europeans spent this summer rolling through the Continent on an Interrail ticket. Conversations with the travelers reveal a younger generation that understands the EU better than their elders might think. By Juan Moreno more... Comment ]


The Brexit Bill: Britain's Departure Likely to Cost EU Billions

The Brexit Bill: Britain's Departure Likely to Cost EU Billions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2016

At a summit in Bratislava this week, the EU wants to set the course for its future without Britain. One important issue is likely to be ignored by European leaders: The fact that Brexit is going to be expensive for Europe, especially for Germany. By Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

German Caution, French Decisiveness: How Brexit Affects EU Defense Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2016

What's next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending -- and more foreign deployments. A Guest Editorial By Jean-Marie Guéhenno more... Comment ]