Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

Opinion: German Court Made Right Decision in Releasing Puigdemont

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 06, 2018

A German court ruled Thursday to temporarily release Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont. The case is still under review, but the judges have lifted the most serious charge the former leader faced. It was the correct decision. By Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

Catalonian Independence: Puigdemont Case Puts Germany in a Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2018

The arrest of erstwhile Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany has put Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government in a tight spot. Berlin has the option of blocking extradition, but any move it makes could backfire. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

Germany and the Puigdemont Case: 'Politicians Need To Stay Out of This'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2018

Following Carles Puigdemont's arrest on Sunday, Germany has landed smack in the middle of the Catalan independence battle. Politicians here say it's up to the judiciary to decide whether to extradite the former president of Catalonia, but the issue is nonetheless politically charged. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Catalonia Conflict Reaches Germany: Puigdemont Is No Traitor

Catalonia Conflict Reaches Germany: Puigdemont Is No Traitor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2018

The legal situation is clear: Germany must extradite former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain. But not for the main charge against him. The German judicial system and politicians must do everything in their power to defuse the conflict. A Commentary By Claus Hecking more...


Will Separatists Split Spain? Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

Will Separatists Split Spain? Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

The conflict between Madrid and Catalan separatists is escalating. With raids and arrests last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is trying to prevent an independence referendum, but preparations for the vote are still underway. By Claus Hecking and Tobias Rapp more...

A Rock and a Hard Place: Gibraltar Erupts as Early Brexit Issue

A Rock and a Hard Place: Gibraltar Erupts as Early Brexit Issue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2017

In an escalation over the battle for Gibraltar's future, British politicians hinted over the weekend they would go to war to protect the enclave's sovereignty if push came to shove. What's behind the spat? By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]


Back from the Brink: Spain Emerges as Model for Europe

Back from the Brink: Spain Emerges as Model for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2015

After years of being one of Europe's shakiest economies, Spain has managed to institute strict reforms and bring back economic growth. But job numbers and research funding lag behind -- and the country's greatest challenge may be a political one. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

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 ]