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Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2015

Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2015

The Greek crisis has destroyed an old dream about the future of Europe. The only possibility for moving the EU in the direction we were promised is a radical solution -- either a Grexit or an expensive debt haircut. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2015

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker remains committed to preventing a Grexit. But he tells SPIEGEL that his patience is wearing thin: "I don't believe the Greek government's response has been sufficient." Interview conducted by Peter Müller, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance Minister Mulls Taking on Merkel

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance Minister Mulls Taking on Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2015

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens. But will he dare to dig in his heels and defy Merkel? By Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Debt Crisis: Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

Debt Crisis: Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2015

In comments made to SPIEGEL ONLINE, new Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos categorically rules out his country exiting the euro zone and supports calls for German reparations payments in connection with Nazi war crimes. By Giorgos Christides, David Böcking and Roland Nelles in Athens more... Comment ]

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2015

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus into a success story. The multinational firm now has a controversial plan to acquire the whole facility and put it on track to join the ranks of Hamburg and Rotterdam. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

'The Fourth Reich': What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2015

Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant. Are they fair? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2015

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. By Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

'Strong Moralizing': A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

'Strong Moralizing': A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

Athens has demanded that Germany pay Greece billions in World War II reparations. Berlin, though, has ignored the requests. International law professor Frank Schorkopf says that Germany has already fulfilled its obligations through wealth transfers. Interview by Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Endgame: Power Struggle in Brussels and Berlin over Fate of Greece

Endgame: Power Struggle in Brussels and Berlin over Fate of Greece

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

European Commission President Juncker wants to keep Greece in the euro zone, no matter what the price. Member states, though, are beginning to lose their patience. Who will ultimately have the final say? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

French EU Commissioner Moscovici: 'A Grexit Would Be a Catastrophe'

French EU Commissioner Moscovici: 'A Grexit Would Be a Catastrophe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

In an interview, EU currency commissioner Pierre Moscovici, 57, discusses efforts in Brussels to ensure that Greece remains in the euro zone and why he believes a Greek exit would be a disaster for Europe. Interview by René Pfister and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]