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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2018

Some 874 days after the Brexit referendum, Theresa May has reached a deal with the European Union to prevent a hard exit from the bloc. But events of recent days make clear that months of drama in Brussels pales in comparison to the one unfolding in London now. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Weaponized Debt: Italy Doubles Down on Threat to Euro Stability

Weaponized Debt: Italy Doubles Down on Threat to Euro Stability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2018

Fears are growing that the euro crisis may soon return. Italy could spark a chain reaction if it doesn't yield to the European Union's demand that it rein in its planned deficit spending. Concern is rising in Brussels and on the financial markets. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Brexit Talks: It's Time to Make Concessions to Britain

Brexit Talks: It's Time to Make Concessions to Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2018

In the Brexit negotiations, Britain has been forced to make concessions on almost every issue. Now, though, it is time for the EU to soften its stance. An orderly withdrawal is paramount for good future relations. A Commentary by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Interview with Italian Vintner Antinori: 'Italian Wines Are Drunk, Not Collected'

Interview with Italian Vintner Antinori: 'Italian Wines Are Drunk, Not Collected'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2018

Albiera Antinori is head of the centuries-old Italian vintner of the same name. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks of the flood of cheap wine, new buying habits in China and the populist government in Rome. Interview Conducted by Isabell Hülsen and Susanne Amann more... Comment ]


Brexit Negotiations: Watching a Country Make a Fool of Itself

Brexit Negotiations: Watching a Country Make a Fool of Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2018

No country in the world has cultivated arrogance the way Britain has. But the sad truth is: The former global power can't even find its way to the door without tripping over its feet. A Commentary by Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Untethered in Italy: Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

Untethered in Italy: Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2018

With the approval of his partners in government, Italy's Matteo Salvini is lambasting the EU, foreigners and the press while at the same time quoting a fascist dictator. A tragedy with potentially wide-reaching consequences is unfolding at the heart of Europe. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


A European IMF: The New Face of the Eurozone Bailout Fund

A European IMF: The New Face of the Eurozone Bailout Fund

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2018

The erstwhile bailout fund known as the European Stability Mechanism may soon be granted far-reaching new powers, including the kinds of functions currently possessed by the IMF. But there's a hitch. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Countdown to Brexit: No Deal Might Be the Worst Deal of All

Countdown to Brexit: No Deal Might Be the Worst Deal of All

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2018

With just 200 days left to go until Brexit, a failure to secure a negotiated deal is looking increasingly possible. That would be disastrous for the European Union, but even worse for the British. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler in London more... Comment ]


Fueling the Populists: Why Did EU Commission Chief Go Silent in Border Dispute?

Fueling the Populists: Why Did EU Commission Chief Go Silent in Border Dispute?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2018

The president of the European Commission is ignoring his own legal staff's advice to issue a position statement in the long-simmering border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. Has he gone quiet to help the Croatian prime minister, who is a member of the same political party? By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'Our Losses Were Much Bigger'

Interview with Poland's Foreign Minister: 'Our Losses Were Much Bigger'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2018

Poland is currently regarded as the EU's problem child. The country's national-conservative government refuses to deal with the refugee issue and it continues to undermine the rule of law. In an interview, Foreign Minister Czaputowicz explains why Warsaw is once again demanding war compensation from Germany. Interview Conducted By Markus Becker more... Comment ]