Bridge to Nowhere: Are EU Subsidies for Andalusia Well Spent?

Bridge to Nowhere: Are EU Subsidies for Andalusia Well Spent?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2014

No other region in Spain receives as much European Union funding as Andalusia. But do the projects being funded make sense? Questions are mounting about the efficacy of the subsidies -- and about their potential for feeding corruption. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

V for Victoria: Catalans Want Independence Too

V for Victoria: Catalans Want Independence Too

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2014

Catalonia wants to join Scotland in holding an independence referendum. But the Spanish constitution doesn't allow for secession. Nationalists in Barcelona are prepared to push the vote through anyway. By Helene Zuber more... Comment ]

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

Pilgrims Inc.: Soul Searching and Commerce on the Way of St. James

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2014

Not long ago, only a few people would make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Now, over 200,000 people a year spend several grueling weeks along the route. Traditionalists turn up their noses at the crowds, but the rewards are still vast. By Juan Moreno on the Camino de Santiago  more... Comment ]

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 ]