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Europe's Next Test Case: A Journey Down Austria's Path to the Right

Europe's Next Test Case: A Journey Down Austria's Path to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2018

With a right-wing extremist party in government again, a major experiment is currently taking place in Austria -- one that may test the endurance of democracy in Western Europe. A visit to a country that appears unable to come to terms with its own history as it lurches to the right. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Italian Interior Minister Salvini: 'Within a Year, We'll See if a United Europe Still Exists'

Italian Interior Minister Salvini: 'Within a Year, We'll See if a United Europe Still Exists'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2018

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wants to prevent any more migrants from coming to Italy and is skeptical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to come up with a joint European solution. DER SPIEGEL spoke with him in Rome. Interview Conducted By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


'We Cannot Be Stopped': Merkel's Toughest Adversary in Europe

'We Cannot Be Stopped': Merkel's Toughest Adversary in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2018

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is a populist and a firebrand, but also a fearless tactician. His hardline approach to migration threatens not only Angela Merkel's tenure as chancellor, but also the entire EU. By Walter Mayr more...

Europe's Sputtering Motor: France and Germany Far Apart on EU Reform

Europe's Sputtering Motor: France and Germany Far Apart on EU Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 18, 2018

The cabinets of Germany and France are set to meet on Tuesday, but the two countries remain far apart when it comes to eurozone reform. Paris is disappointed with Germany's response to Emmanuel Macron's proposals. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, French Finance Minister Bruno La Maire, 49, demands that eurozone reform be pushed forward quickly. Otherwise, he fears, Europe won't be able to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: 'Germany Has a Special Responsibility'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, 59, says its time for a Europe-wide unemployment insurance system and to resuscitate the financial transaction tax. Italy, he says, will fall into line. An Interview by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2018

The U.S. has followed through with its threat to impose punitive tariffs on European steel and aluminum and the signs are pointing to a global trade war. The German government is doing what it can to prevent harm to its automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Fixing the Euro: The Time to Act Is Now

Fixing the Euro: The Time to Act Is Now

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2018

Italy can only manage its current crisis with German help. And Germany needs Italy to keep Europe stable. While there is no simple solution, a new form of assistance could help. An Essay by Henrik Enderlein more... Comment ]


Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

Apocalypse Angie: Merkel's Dark View of the World We Live In

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is watching with deep concern as the pillars of the postwar international order collapse. But what is she doing about it? By René Pfister more... Comment ]

Crisis Redux: Italy Sends a Jolt Through Europe

Crisis Redux: Italy Sends a Jolt Through Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2018

Euro-skeptic Italian populists are posing a serious threat to the European Union. Following the drama over Greece and Brexit, the political situation in Rome could throw Europe into its next major existential crisis. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]