Jobless Youth: Europe's Hollow Efforts to Save a Lost Generation

Jobless Youth: Europe's Hollow Efforts to Save a Lost Generation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2013

Europe is failing in the fight against youth unemployment. While the German government's efforts remain largely symbolic, Southern European leaders pander to older voters by defending the status quo. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives

Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

As the euro crisis wears on, the tough austerity measures implemented in ailing member states are resulting in serious health issues, a study revealed on Wednesday. Mental illness, suicide rates and epidemics are on the rise, while access to care has dwindled. more... Comment ]

'This Is Working': Portugal, 12 Years after Decriminalizing Drugs

'This Is Working': Portugal, 12 Years after Decriminalizing Drugs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2013

Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results. By Wiebke Hollersen more... Comment ]

'European Day of Action': Anti-Austerity Protests Spark Violence

'European Day of Action': Anti-Austerity Protests Spark Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2012

Demonstrators across Europe joined forces on Wednesday to protest tough austerity measures that have been imposed to battle the debt crisis threatening the common currency. The situation grew tense in Spain, but the effects of the protests could also be felt in Portugal and Greece. more...

'Merkel Get Out!': Chancellor Faces Angry Protests in Portugal

'Merkel Get Out!': Chancellor Faces Angry Protests in Portugal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

Following her visit to Greece a few weeks ago, Angela Merkel made her first official visit crisis-plagued Portugal on Monday. With the trip, the German chancellor sought to bring a bit of hope to the struggling nation. But as in other Southern European countries, a weary public greeted her with angry protests. By Philipp Wittrock in Lisbon more... Comment ]

Proteste in Spanien und Portugal: "Zum Teufel mit der Troika"

Proteste in Spanien und Portugal: "Zum Teufel mit der Troika"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2012

Spanier und Portugiesen machen ihrem Ärger gegen die Sparpolitik ihrer Regierungen Luft. Zehntausende Demonstranten zogen durch die Städte, in der portugiesischen Stadt Aveiro zündete sich ein Mann aus Protest an. mehr... Forum ]

Desperate for Jobs: Crisis Drives More Southern Europeans to Germany

Desperate for Jobs: Crisis Drives More Southern Europeans to Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2012

There has been a major jump in the number of southern Europeans working in Germany over the last year, the Federal Employment Agency reported on Thursday. Experts view it as a sign that the crisis is triggering a flood of jobseekers who are headed to the more prosperous north. more...

Cutting Back in Lisbon: Portugal's Arts Scene Struggles to Keep the Lights On

Cutting Back in Lisbon: Portugal's Arts Scene Struggles to Keep the Lights On

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2012

With the euro crisis raging, and public and private funds gone, Portuguese artists have learned to be strategic in order to survive. Many have left the struggling nation, but for those who have stayed behind the focus is on winning over foreign buyers and investors. By Caille Millner more...

El Dorado in Angola: Portuguese Find Oasis from Crisis in Former Colony

El Dorado in Angola: Portuguese Find Oasis from Crisis in Former Colony

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2012

Headhunters in Lisbon are currently lining up highly skilled Portuguese workers for good paying jobs in Angola, an African country currently experiencing enviable growth. There is no economic crisis in the former Portuguese colony and it offers something that is currently scarce in Portugal: jobs. By Helene Zuber more... Comment ]

Bitter Medicine: Belated Reforms Cut Deep in Southern Europe

Bitter Medicine: Belated Reforms Cut Deep in Southern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2012

Mired in ongoing crisis, several countries in southern Europe are seeking to rapidly push through German-style labor market reforms to breathe life into their struggling economies. Yet they may not be enough to save the region's lost generation. By Fiona Ehlers, Julia Amalia Heyer, Christoph Pauly, Daniel Steinvorth and Helene Zuber more...