A Danger of Backsliding 'Politicians Like to Use the EU as a Scapegoat'

In a SPIEGEL interview, Werner Hoyer, a senior German Foreign Ministry official, discusses the European Union's current unpopularity, German stereotypes of "lazy" southern Europeans and his concerns about Denmark's reintroduction of border controls.
Protestors burn the European flag during a demonstration in Athens (March 2010 photo)

Protestors burn the European flag during a demonstration in Athens (March 2010 photo)

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