Yes Man: MEP's Odd Voting Record Raises Suspicion

Yes Man: MEP's Odd Voting Record Raises Suspicion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

Dumitru Zamfirescu, a member of the European Parliament, hasn't voted "no" in the last 541 votes held in the assembly. Colleagues suspect the Romanian nationalist is more interested in collecting attendance bonuses than in what he's actually voting on. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

The Rosia Montana mine in Romania is currently one of Europe's most controversial projects. Plans by Bucharest to push through approval for the large-scale mining that would eliminate an entire town have sparked mass protests. By Luke Dale-Harris more... Comment ]


Dog Attacks: Romania to Put Down Thousands of Strays

Dog Attacks: Romania to Put Down Thousands of Strays

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

A deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy in Bucharest has brought new attention to an old problem: Romania's hundreds of thousands of stray dogs. Government plans for mass euthanasia have animal welfare activists up in arms. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

Polish Dissident Adam Michnik: 'We Are Bastards of Communism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Poland's leading daily and its most prominent former dissident. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about the threat of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, the decline of the region's political culture and feelings of being treated like second-class citizens in Europe. more... Comment ]


Rotterdam Art Heist: Stolen Masterpieces Likely Incinerated

Rotterdam Art Heist: Stolen Masterpieces Likely Incinerated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2013

The whereabouts of valuable paintings stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal museum last year have long been uncertain, despite the arrest of the alleged thieves. Now the mother of one of the accused says she burned them in an oven. more... Comment ]

The Roma Conundrum: Looking for Clues in a Romanian Village

The Roma Conundrum: Looking for Clues in a Romanian Village

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Large numbers of Roma immigrants from southeastern Europe are proving to be a serious integration problem for many cities, including Berlin. A local politician recently traveled to Romania to learn more about the challenge. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]


Interior Minister: Germany to Deport 'Poverty Immigrants'

Interior Minister: Germany to Deport 'Poverty Immigrants'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

German communities have complained for years about Romanians and Bulgarians immigrating to abuse the country's social welfare system. On Friday, the interior minister promised tougher measures, including expulsions and travel bans. more... Comment ]

Made Poor by the Crisis: Millions of Europeans Require Red Cross Food Aid

Made Poor by the Crisis: Millions of Europeans Require Red Cross Food Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2013

Needy families and individuals in the European Union are becoming increasingly reliant on charity organizations like the Red Cross for basic needs like food, water and shelter. While Germany is relatively unaffected, unemployment and austerity in countries like Spain are making the problem even more severe. more...


Competition for Cots: Cities Struggle to Handle Rise in Homeless

Competition for Cots: Cities Struggle to Handle Rise in Homeless

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2013

With frigid temperatures outside, German homeless and emergency shelters are usually full this time of year. But a rising number of homeless people, many from other EU states, are exceeding their capacities and triggering competition for limited cots and resources. By Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

The Flood? Western Europe Fearful of Eastern Immigration

The Flood? Western Europe Fearful of Eastern Immigration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2013

British, French and German politicians are all sounding the alarm. In 2014, Romanian and Bulgarian citizens will be given free movement within Europe's labor market. They are concerned about a wave of immigration, yet most of those who want to head west likely already have. By Stefan Simons and Carsten Volkery more... Comment ]