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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 ]


'I've Derailed!': Excess Speed Suspected in Spanish Rail Disaster

'I've Derailed!': Excess Speed Suspected in Spanish Rail Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Was the driver of the train that derailed in Spain on Wednesday night going too fast? Eyewitness accounts, a video of the deadly crash and statements from the driver himself suggest he was. Why did safety systems fail to prevent the disaster? more... Comment ]

'We'll March on Town Hall': Germans Vow to Save Their Spanish Party Beach

'We'll March on Town Hall': Germans Vow to Save Their Spanish Party Beach

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2013

Mallorca plans to put a stop to boozing, bratwurst and beer guts with a luxury revamp that would deter the German budget tourists who flock there each year. They're outraged, claims tabloid newspaper Bild. more... Comment ]


Rajoy's Successor? The Most Powerful Woman in Spanish Politics

Rajoy's Successor? The Most Powerful Woman in Spanish Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2013

As illegal party financing allegations close in around Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, his 42-year-old deputy has kept her name clean. Now Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, the most powerful woman in Spanish politics, is well poised to be his successor. By Helene Zuber more... Comment ]

Luxury Revamp: Party To End for Mallorca's German Tourists

Luxury Revamp: Party To End for Mallorca's German Tourists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

Sangria in buckets, beer by the liter and bratwurst on every corner. Mallorca's main beach is a boozy colony of German budget tourists. But plans are afoot to turn it into a luxury resort for rich visitors from China and Dubai. Alarm bells are ringing in Germany. more... Comment ]