Euro Crisis Reprieve: End to Bailout Programs Signals Recovery

Euro Crisis Reprieve: End to Bailout Programs Signals Recovery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Some four years after the euro crisis began, Ireland and Spain are set to graduate from their bailout programs, with Dublin planning to begin financing itself again early next year. It's a positive sign, but economists warn against premature optimism. By Stefan Kaiser more... Comment ]

Search for Justice: Argentina Helps Shed Light on Franco Regime

Search for Justice: Argentina Helps Shed Light on Franco Regime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

Victims of Spain's Franco regime are hoping that recent legal moves made in Argentina will help bring justice in the crimes committed during the dictatorship. By Helene Zuber more... Comment ]

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to Make Progress at Summit

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to Make Progress at Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

This week's European Council summit was sidelined by new accusations of US spying in Europe. But despite the distraction, it's clear EU leaders have deferred plans for greater integration, and lack the political will to address pressing concerns like migration. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

They were promised new jobs in Germany -- but their hopes have now been quashed. Nearly 130 would-be Spanish workers are stranded in Erfurt after private employment agencies apparently failed to follow through. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

A Fresh Start in Europe: Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Angela Merkel's tough-nosed euro policies have divided the Continent and earned her a reputation for coldness. Now that the election has strengthened her hand and freed her of pesky partners, she has a chance to reshape her stance. A Commentary by Stefan Kaiser more... Comment ]

Profiteering: Crisis Has Saved Germany 40 Billion Euros

Profiteering: Crisis Has Saved Germany 40 Billion Euros

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2013

Germany has profited from the euro crisis to the tune of 41 billion euros in reduced interest payments. Strong demand for its debt has cut yields and made it cheaper for Germany to borrow. Meanwhile, the crisis has only cost Germany a mere 599 million euros thus far. more... Comment ]

Growth! Germany Helps Haul Euro Zone Out of Recession

Growth! Germany Helps Haul Euro Zone Out of Recession

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2013

The euro zone's economy has finally begun to grow again, thanks largely to strong second-quarter performances by both Germany and France. Even Portugal got into the act, with the strongest performance of all in the single currency area. more... Comment ]

Spat Over Gibraltar: London Escalates Border Conflict With Spain

Spat Over Gibraltar: London Escalates Border Conflict With Spain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

Britain said on Monday it may take legal action against Spain for imposing tighter controls at Spain's border with Gibraltar, a historic bone of contention between the two nations. Britain has also dispatched warships to the coast of Gibraltar -- for an exercise. more...

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

The 47-story luxury In Tempo tower in Benidorm, Spain was hyped as the tallest residential building in the European Union. Now a series of construction snafus -- including an inadequate elevator shaft -- have turned it into a national embarrassment. By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]

Crisis of Faith: Doubts Grow Over Spanish Reforms

Crisis of Faith: Doubts Grow Over Spanish Reforms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Measures to pull Spain out of the crisis are failing to bear fruit and exacerbating social tensions. While some are optimistic, the core problems remain, and many are questioning the old elite's ability to clean up the financial sector and reform the country. By Martin Hesse more... Comment ]