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An Inside Job: The Right-Wing Populist Plan to Destroy Europe

An Inside Job: The Right-Wing Populist Plan to Destroy Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2019

Europe's right-wing populists haven't been stopped by the scandal in Austria. They are working hard to destroy the European Union from within its own institutions and the European elections may show how close they are to success. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: The Strong Favorite to Become Greece's Next Leader

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: The Strong Favorite to Become Greece's Next Leader

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2019

In Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the scion of a political dynasty, is a big name. He's campaigning with the conservative party to become the country's next prime minister. This weekend's European election offers him a chance to test his prospects. By Giorgos Christides in Serres, Greece more...


A Bloc Against the Right: The Dream of a Green Party Alliance with Macron

A Bloc Against the Right: The Dream of a Green Party Alliance with Macron

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2019

Influential Franco-German politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit would like the German Greens to join forces with French President Emmanuel Macron to get the European Union back on track. But not everyone is taken with the idea. By Julia Amalia Heyer more...

Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage: 'We Want Fundamental Political Change'

Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage: 'We Want Fundamental Political Change'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 16, 2019

Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is leading in the British polls ahead of the European Parliament elections. In an interview, the former UKIP front man talks about upending the UK political system and how he plans to do it. Interview Conducted by Jörg Schindler more...


A Scarred Nation: Ukraine Turns to a Comedian for Comfort

A Scarred Nation: Ukraine Turns to a Comedian for Comfort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2019

The Ukrainian presidential campaign has been nothing if not absurd. But the success of TV comedian Volodymyr Zelensky shows that the electorate has had it with politicians. A trip through the country reveals the roots of his success. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Call to Order: The British Parliament in the Age of Brexit

Call to Order: The British Parliament in the Age of Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2019

The Brexit spectacle has plunged Britain into a deep crisis and turned the country's political leaders into laughing stocks. Justifiably? A closer look at the House of Commons reveals that it may be too early to pass judgment. By Jörg Schindler and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]


Brexit Forever: European Leaders Buy Time to Keep Bickering

Brexit Forever: European Leaders Buy Time to Keep Bickering

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2019

This week's compromise between London and Brussels to delay the UK's exit from the European Union defused a potentially explosive situation. Now everyone can go back to pretending like they have things under control. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator: The Political Ambitions of Michel Barnier

EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator: The Political Ambitions of Michel Barnier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2019

One of the worst kept secrets in Brussels is that Michel Barnier's political star is rising. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator seems interested should higher office become available. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Brexit Delay: 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'

Brexit Delay: 'Why Would We Extend These Discussions?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2019

Any Article 50 extension delaying Britain's withdrawal from the EU would come with its own set of problems. There is plenty of disagreement among the remaining 27 EU member states on how long the delay should be. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more...

Theresa May's Brexit Disaster: The Prime Minister of Humiliation

Theresa May's Brexit Disaster: The Prime Minister of Humiliation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2019

Despite facing one embarrassment after the other, British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to plow ahead, seemingly undeterred. It's becoming increasingly clear that she is the main impediment to solving the Brexit mess. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more...