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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...


Patronizing, Frustrating and Divisive: The Shortcomings of Merkel's European Policies

Patronizing, Frustrating and Divisive: The Shortcomings of Merkel's European Policies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2019

Germany had an historic opportunity to forge a more integrated Europe with French President Emmanuel Macron. Instead, it hesitated, dithered and ultimately missed its chance under Chancellor Angela Merkel. History will judge its failure unfavorably. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Christiane Hoffmann more...

Risk of No Deal Brexit Grows 'Significantly': EU Politicians Believe Withdrawal Agreement Is Dead

Risk of No Deal Brexit Grows 'Significantly': EU Politicians Believe Withdrawal Agreement Is Dead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2019

Many in Brussels have reacted with frustration, anger and disappointment following British parliament's second vote against the withdrawal deal negotiated between Theresa May and the EU. They say there is no room left for compromise with London. By Markus Becker in Strasbourg more...


Interview with EPP Lead Candidate Manfred Weber: 'Viktor Orbán Is Following the Wrong Political Path'

Interview with EPP Lead Candidate Manfred Weber: 'Viktor Orbán Is Following the Wrong Political Path'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2019

Manfred Weber, lead candidate for the conservative European People's Party in the upcoming European election, sees the right-wing populists as a significant threat as the campaign begins. But in Viktor Orbán, he has a populist firebrand in his own ranks. Interview Conducted by Melanie Amann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Ivan Rogers on Brexit: "What Surprises Me Is the Extent of the Mess"

Ivan Rogers on Brexit: "What Surprises Me Is the Extent of the Mess"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2019

As the UK ambassador to the European Union, Ivan Rogers had a front-row seat as Brexit negotiations got underway. In an interview, he speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the mistakes made in London and the huge challenges that remain. Interview Conducted by Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]