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 ]

Going, Going, Gone: Crisis-Plagued Madrid Sells Out

Going, Going, Gone: Crisis-Plagued Madrid Sells Out

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2013

In the midst of the crisis, Madrid's regional government and city administration are hawking their treasures and altering ordinances in order to make the Spanish capital more attractive to investors. The Spaniards are even selling the names of subway lines. By Helene Zuber in Madrid more... Comment ]

Downward Spiral: Southern Europe Remains Stuck in Crisis

Downward Spiral: Southern Europe Remains Stuck in Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2013

For years, EU leaders have been trying to put a stop to the debt crisis that has been tearing apart Southern Europe. They have made little progress. Is it time for a change in strategy? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German?

Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

In the wake of the euro crisis, Southern Europeans have increasingly traded their traditions of leisure for more work and more consumption -- often at Germany's prodding. As backlash sets in, this logic must be questioned. An Essay by Max A. Höfer more... Comment ]

Solidarity Plea: 'Germans Always Looking out for Own Interests'

Solidarity Plea: 'Germans Always Looking out for Own Interests'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2013

Three influential Europeans from Luxembourg, Spain and Poland call on Germany to lead the euro zone out of the crisis without pursuing its own interests. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Distorted Stats: Europe's Youth Unemployment Fallacy

Distorted Stats: Europe's Youth Unemployment Fallacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

The oft-cited statistic that half of young Spaniards are unemployed is wrong. In reality, about one-fifth of those under 25 are looking for work. Nevertheless, outreach programs created by Germany focus on young people alone, though critics say other groups desperately need help too. By Alexander Demling more... Comment ]