Germany European News Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:49:44 +0100Reflecting on Refugees: A Plea for Measured Debate
The debate over refugees in Germany has grown divisive. Those in favor are unwilling to recognize the difficulties ahead while those opposed too often veer toward prejudice and xenophobia. Neither is helpful. What's needed is an atmosphere of critica...Fri, 04 Dec 2015 12:19:00 +0100The Right Stuff: Marine Le Pen and the Growing Influence of Front National
Marine Le Pen has managed to pull the Front National from the extremist fringe into the political center. The right-wing populists could even emerge as France's strongest party in upcoming regional elections. But the real prize is in 2017.Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:26:27 +0100EU Parliament President Schulz: 'The Situation in Europe Is Extremely Concerning'
In an interview, European Parliament President Martin Schulz says he is more concerned about the state of the European Union than he has ever been. Solidarity, he believes, is eroding and nation-state parochialism is on the rise.Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:07:09 +0100'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War
In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective. By SPIEGEL Staff
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:24:00 +0100The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love
The attacks hit Paris where it is most vulnerable, in those places where young people go to have fun. But they were aimed at all of us. What can we do to defend ourselves? By SPIEGEL Staff Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:10:00 +0100Menace in Brussels: Belgium Has Become Center of European Terror
With 19 municipal mayors and six different police authorities, Brussels is a tangle of bureaucracy. It's also home to the suspected perpetrators behind Friday's Paris attacks. The failure of Belgian authorities has become a security problem for all o...Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:37:00 +0100New Clues in Paris Attacks: Authorities Identify Known French Islamist in Audio Message
Investigators have identified the speaker of an Islamic State audio message claiming responsibility for Friday's attacks. Information obtained by SPIEGEL indicates the man in question is a French. The lead reinforces theories the attack was likely be...Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:44:00 +0100Paris Attacks: How Great Are the Terror Dangers Posed by Refugees?
It has now been confirmed that one of the Paris suicide bombers reached Europe disguised as a refugee. Security officials had long felt that such a scenario was unlikely. How big is the risk?Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:52:00 +0100Terror in Europe: The Need to Protect Our Freedom
What lessons can be drawn from the attacks in Paris? Simple answers will do little to help at the moment. What is needed is a new, Europe-wide security debate.Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:24:00 +0100The Brussels Connection: Why Belgium Keeps Popping Up in Terror Attacks
The Molenbeek district in Brussels is a well-known hotbed of Islamist activity. It has been linked to four major terrorist attacks in recent years. It is also illustrative of the problems facing Europe as it tries to deal with its radicals. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:25:00 +0100Awakening to the Reality of War: A Journey Along the Refugee Trail
Novelist Navid Kermani and photographer Moises Saman recently traveled for SPIEGEL from Budapest through the Balkans to Turkey. They tell of Europe's treatment of immigrants who almost all have the same destination: Germany.Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:43:00 +0100The Hapless President: Is François Hollande Re-Electable?
François Hollande is already viewed as the most unsuccessful president in recent French history. His hapless leadership has enabled the rise of Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National. He plans to run again in 2017, but does he stand a chance?Fri, 06 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0100Internal EU Documents: How the Benelux Blocked Anti-Tax Haven Laws
Internal European Union documents seen by SPIEGEL clearly show how Luxembourg's government, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, sought to use tax breaks to attract companies to the country. European parliamentarians want to know more.Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:38:00 +0100Left Behind: Life in Purgatory on the Ukrainian Front Lines
Trade has slowly resumed between Kiev and Donetsk despite the ongoing trade embargo, but life for those who live on the frontlines in Ukraine remains difficult. And war could return to the region at any moment.Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:56:00 +0100Hotspots: Europe Debates Initial Reception Centers for Refugees
Angela Merkel is hoping that a proposal for more reception centers in areas where refugees land at Europe's external borders will ease the influx into Germany. Unfortunately, it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:21:00 +0200Aftermath: Ankara Bombings Leave Turkey More Polarized Than Ever
The terrorist attacks in Ankara have deepened Turkey's political rifts. While President Erdogan is fueling his supporters' hostility to the pro-Kurdish HDP ahead of snap elections, his opponents accuse him of being in cahoots with IS.Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:30:37 +0200Polish Elections: Law and Justice Party Regains Credibility by Dialing Down Rhetoric
Poland's parliamentary elections in late October look set to sweep the right-wing Law and Justice party into power. Its current popularity is partly due to leading candidate Beata Szydlo, who has helped tone down its strident, nationalistic image.Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:19:38 +0200Decadence and Madness at the Top: Inside Britain's Secretive Bullingdon Club
They drink heavily, shatter champagne flutes and smash furniture -- before moving on to positions of leadership. The elite Bullingdon Club is an exclusive haven for Britain's rich and powerful. But members don't like to talk about it.Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:48:09 +0200Varoufakis on Eastern Europe: 'A Connection Between Austerity and Xenophobia'
He failed as Greece's finance minister, but Yanis Varoufakis now wants to use his fame as a star leftist politician to change Europe. In an interview, he accuses Eastern Europeans of egotism -- with their fiscal policies and response to the refugee c...Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:18:34 +0200The Portuguese Miracle: Young Entrepreneurs Lead Country Out of Crisis
Portugal's economic resurgence is a remarkable success story. Only four years ago, the country was forced to turn to the EU for a bailout. Today, a new generation of entrepreneurs and start-ups have fueled a turnaround and fostered a new national sp...