Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Officials in Brussels have been highly critical of a German provision that limits access by EU nationals to its unemployment benefits. In an interview, EU Commissioner László Andor criticizes "unscrupulous politicians" seeking to foment populism. Interview by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

Welfare for Immigrants: EU Wants Fortress Germany to Open Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Brussels is demanding that even foreigners who have never worked in Germany should have access to the country's unemployment benefits if they hail from an EU member state. The EU is firing Germany's already overheated immigration debate. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

'Disastrous Impression': Cities Say Immigration Debate Overheated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2014

The Association of German cities this week played down depictions that an influx of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria is causing major problems for the country. The group's president says troubles are concentrated in a handfull of cities. more...

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

A debate over whether Germany profits from Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has flared up since the EU opened its labor market to these workers. Statisticians are struggling to come up with conclusive evidence on either side of the argument. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

The debate over "poverty migration" to Germany has escalated inside Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition this week, prompting her to step in and seek to calm fears as Bulgarians and Romanians gain access to the European labor market. more... Comment ]

'Only in the Chimney': Anti-Semitic Carol Causes Uproar in Romania

'Only in the Chimney': Anti-Semitic Carol Causes Uproar in Romania

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Advocacy groups are incensed after a Romanian government-owned channel broadcast a Christmas song glorifying the Holocaust and calling for Jews to be burned. The channel is blaming a local group for the performance. more... Comment ]

Yes Man: MEP's Odd Voting Record Raises Suspicion

Yes Man: MEP's Odd Voting Record Raises Suspicion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

Dumitru Zamfirescu, a member of the European Parliament, hasn't voted "no" in the last 541 votes held in the assembly. Colleagues suspect the Romanian nationalist is more interested in collecting attendance bonuses than in what he's actually voting on. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

The Rosia Montana mine in Romania is currently one of Europe's most controversial projects. Plans by Bucharest to push through approval for the large-scale mining that would eliminate an entire town have sparked mass protests. By Luke Dale-Harris more... Comment ]

Dog Attacks: Romania to Put Down Thousands of Strays

Dog Attacks: Romania to Put Down Thousands of Strays

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

A deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy in Bucharest has brought new attention to an old problem: Romania's hundreds of thousands of stray dogs. Government plans for mass euthanasia have animal welfare activists up in arms. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Poland's leading daily and its most prominent former dissident. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the threat of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, the decline of the region's political culture and feelings of being treated like second-class citizens in Europe. more... Comment ]