EU Passports for 650,000 Euros: Citizenship for Sale in Malta

EU Passports for 650,000 Euros: Citizenship for Sale in Malta

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

For 650,000 euros, foreigners from outside the European Union can now buy Maltese citizenship. The controversial new law passed on Tuesday also gives buyers the right of free movement within Europe. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Friedrich 'Stoking Anti-Immigrant Sentiment'

World from Berlin: Friedrich 'Stoking Anti-Immigrant Sentiment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

Germany and a handful of EU countries have blocked Bulgaria and Romania from joining the Schengen Area of border-free travel. Editorialists at the Germany's left-leaning dailies are calling the move an election-year ploy on the part of conservatives in Berlin. more... Comment ]

German Interior Minister: 'We'll Veto Schengen for Romania and Bulgaria'

German Interior Minister: 'We'll Veto Schengen for Romania and Bulgaria'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2013

Germany remains opposed to allowing Romania and Bulgaria membership in Europe's Schengen Area of border-free travel. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told SPIEGEL that more progress must be made in the fight against corruption. more... Comment ]

A Surge of Serbs and Macedonians: Germany Seeks to Halt Influx of Balkan Asylum Seekers

A Surge of Serbs and Macedonians: Germany Seeks to Halt Influx of Balkan Asylum Seekers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2012

With a massive surge in asylum applications from people of the Roma minority from Serbia and Macedonia, Germany's interior minister is calling for new rules to expedite processing these cases. Although many come to the EU for better economic opportunities, they also face racial discrimination at home, advocacy groups say. more... Comment ]

Crack in the EU: Poland and Kaliningrad Open Borders for Locals

Crack in the EU: Poland and Kaliningrad Open Borders for Locals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2012

Russia and Poland moved last week to open the border between Kaliningrad and neighboring Polish communities for visa-free travel. The move creates new freedom for people living in the exclave, which is surrounded by EU countries and is located some 350 kilomoters from Russia proper. more...

Limbo At Sea: Cuban Sails Baltic for Two Months after Visa Denied

Limbo At Sea: Cuban Sails Baltic for Two Months after Visa Denied

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2012

The rigmarole of entering foreign countries can often be annoying. But for Cuban architect Luis Cespedes, it was nightmare. He spent two months at sea sailing between Russia and Finland after he was denied entry to both countries. more...

The World from Berlin: A 'Humiliating Show Trial' in Romania

The World from Berlin: A 'Humiliating Show Trial' in Romania

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2012

Romania's parliament voted to suspend President Traian Basescu on Friday pending an impeachment referendum later this month. But observers say the country's new prime minister is seriously overstepping his bounds. The rule of law is in grave danger, say German commentators. more...

Interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister: Franco-German Border Plan 'Stinks to High Heaven'

Interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister: Franco-German Border Plan 'Stinks to High Heaven'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2012

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn attacks a Franco-German plan to allow Schengen-zone countries to temporarily re-introduce border controls. The move is a populist ploy by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to secure his re-election, says Asselborn. more...

Franco-German Schengen Proposal: A Vote of No Confidence in Europe

Franco-German Schengen Proposal: A Vote of No Confidence in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2012

Germany and France's joint proposal to allow Schengen-zone countries to temporarily reintroduce border controls as a means of last resort might sound harmless. But doing so would damage one of the strongest symbols of European unity and perhaps even contribute to the EU's demise. A Commentary by Carsten Volkery more...

Border-Free Travel: Germany and France Seek Reintroduction of Controls

Border-Free Travel: Germany and France Seek Reintroduction of Controls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2012

Germany and France want to weaken Europe's border-free travel agreement, according to a Friday newspaper report. Berlin and Paris would like to be able to temporarily reintroduce border controls due to concerns about illegal immigration. The move is not, a Berlin official assures, to be seen as re-election campaign help for Sarkozy. more...