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Accession to the European Union

Where and when will the European Union expand its borders next? The 27-member union spread eastward with the additions of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007. Current expansion candidates include Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia and Turkey. Albania, Montenegro and Serbia are potential future candidates.

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Time for Plan B Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. Von Mathieu von Rohr
8. August 2016, 16:45 Uhr

Erdogan's Putsch Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of last week's failed coup to consolidate his power. As the country slides into a dictatorship, there is a lot at stake for the West. But the effects in Turkey itself promise to be far greater. By SPIEGEL Staff
22. Juli 2016, 18:31 Uhr

Uncertain Future Weaknesses Emerge in EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

The EU is praising the first deportations this week from Greece to Turkey as a breakthrough for the recent refugee agreement with Ankara. But it was little more than a show. Many believe the deal will fail to survive the expected legal challenges. Von Giorgos Christides, Katrin Kuntz und Maximilian Popp
8. April 2016, 18:38 Uhr

With Friends Like These... Erdogan's Assault on Freedom and Democracy

The EU has placed its fate in the hands of Turkish President Erdogan. But the man who is to help solve the refugee crisis has recently shown more clearly than ever that he prefers autocracy to democracy. He is the price Europe must pay for failure. By SPIEGEL Staff
7. April 2016, 13:20 Uhr

Summit of Failure How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. Von SPIEGEL Staff
24. November 2014, 19:00 Uhr

On the Stump Erdogan Lashes Out at Germany in Search of Votes

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has been sharply critical of comments made by German President Joachim Gauck about his country's democratic deficiencies. His assertiveness plays well with Turks in Germany, who could be a strong force in the next election. Von SPIEGEL Staff
9. Mai 2014, 16:32 Uhr

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko 'The People Intend to Fight'

Ukrainian opposition leader and heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko spoke to SPIEGEL about his presidential ambitions, the ongoing threat of a violent crackdown against the protesters, and Germany's role in bringing Ukraine closer to Europe. Von Benjamin Bidder und Erich Follath
16. Dezember 2013, 15:23 Uhr

Poverty Migration Berlin Backs UK's 'Benefit Tourism' Offensive

Germany has now stepped into the UK-triggered fray over introducing new restrictions on migration within the EU. The European Commission is enraged, and even conservative EU parliamentarians warn of pandering to populists. Von Carsten Volkery und Severin Weiland
29. November 2013, 13:29 Uhr

Joining the Club Croatia Celebrates Entry to European Union

The European Union gained its 28th member on Monday -- Croatia. It's a major milestone for the former Yugoslav country, which was ravaged by war only two decades ago. But to pull out of its current economic slump, it still has a lot of work to do.
1. Juli 2013, 17:46 Uhr

EU Accession Turkish Talks to Continue Despite Berlin Tiff

The European Union agreed on Tuesday to continue accession talks with Turkey, but only after a progress report due in October. The compromise deal serves to defuse the recent acrimonious dispute between Ankara and Berlin.
25. Juni 2013, 13:32 Uhr

'They Will Give In' Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession

A European commissioner's remark that Germany and France would one day come crawling "on their knees" begging Turkey to join the EU has miffed Berlin and thrilled Ankara. As German Chancellor Merkel prepares for a visit to Turkey, the country is pushing for concessions. Von Jürgen Gottschlich
21. Februar 2013, 17:44 Uhr

Border Dispute with Kosovo Serbian Attackers Shoot at NATO Soldiers

NATO reinforcements have been sent to Kosovo's northern border with Serbia after a group of angry Serbs attacked and set fire to a border post there. They also reportedly opened fire on NATO troops nearby. The incident highlights growing tensions between ethnic Serbs and Kosovar Albanians.
28. Juli 2011, 13:13 Uhr

Cyprus Dispute German Conservatives Welcome Turkey's EU Threats

The ongoing dispute over divided Cyprus may escalate problems between Turkey and the European Union after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to freeze EU relations when the Greek Cypriots take on the rotating presidency in 2012. The move only serves to further disqualify Turkey's plans to join the EU, German conservatives say.
20. Juli 2011, 13:54 Uhr