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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.

Pipe It, Gerhard: EU Parliamentarians Shun Ex-Chancellor

Pipe It, Gerhard: EU Parliamentarians Shun Ex-Chancellor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2014

Members of the conservatives and the Green Party in the European Parliament want to muzzle Gerhard Schröder. As the executive of a Russian pipeline company, they say, he should keep quiet about his views on the Ukraine conflict. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2014

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court is one of the country's most formidable institutions. Yet recently it has faced criticism for its rulings on the euro and European unification. Have its justices crossed the line between jurisprudence and politics? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Klitschko Interview: 'I'd Also Shake Hands with Devil To Save Lives'

Klitschko Interview: 'I'd Also Shake Hands with Devil To Save Lives'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

Vitali Klitschko was one of the leading figures in Ukraine's fight against former President Yanukovych. SPIEGEL speaks to the former boxer about the conflict with Russia, the future of Ukraine and whether war really is imminent. Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer and Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Beyond Ukraine: Russia's Imperial Mess

Beyond Ukraine: Russia's Imperial Mess

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2014

Russia's occupation of Crimea has violated international law and created a new crisis among world leaders. Now the EU and the US are fighting over the best means to address Russia's reawakened expansionary ambitions. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski: 'Moscow Needs Our Money'

Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski: 'Moscow Needs Our Money'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, 51, argues Moscow is more vulnerable than many think, and that the EU should take a firmer stand against Russia in the Ukraine conflict. more... Comment ]

The Spitzenkandidats: EU Parliament Elections Become Explosive

The Spitzenkandidats: EU Parliament Elections Become Explosive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2014

With European Parliament elections scheduled for May, the European Commission is set to get a new president. Some member states have growing concerns about the frontrunners -- and now tempers are getting heated. By Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Radical Reform

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Radical Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a neophyte on the national stage. But he has lofty ambitions nonetheless. A look back at his time as the mayor of Florence provides a glimpse of how he might run Italy. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Ukraine Crisis: EU Concerned about Cost of Sanctions on Russia

Ukraine Crisis: EU Concerned about Cost of Sanctions on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2014

Russia's aggression in Ukraine has set off plenty of bluster and aggressive rhetoric in Europe. But many EU member states are skittish about the potential dangers of imposing punitive economic measures on Moscow. By Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Bank Oversight: Europe Stressed by Approaching Stress Tests

Bank Oversight: Europe Stressed by Approaching Stress Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2014

Thousands of ECB auditors have begun examining the balance sheets of euro-zone banks. Stress tests are coming soon. With the European Central Bank in charge of oversight, many hope the EU's financial industry will return to health. But there are risks. By Martin Hesse, Christoph Pauly and Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Economic Woes: The Uncertain Future of Ukraine's Finances

Economic Woes: The Uncertain Future of Ukraine's Finances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2014

With rapidly shrinking currency reserves and a capital flight problem, Ukraine faces an uncertain financial future. The IMF plans to send a "fact-finding mission" to Kiev next week, but will it be enough? By David Böcking more... Comment ]

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2014

Great Britain used to play a key role in leading Europe, and the benefits have been substantial. But now, the UK is turning its back on the EU and has chosen to focus on peripheral issues. It is the wrong move. An Essay by Will Straw more... Comment ]