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November 13, 2017, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

An historic breakthrough or just another attempt doomed to peter out? The EU plans to coordinate EU members’ military capacities with the long-term goal of an EU army. It’s a […]

Greece left alone in the refugee crisis

December 9, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos is “not the happiest person on earth,” he said in Brussels as he presented the latest figu ...

Opinion: Apple, taxes, and just punishment

August 31, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

Margrethe Vestager reminds us of the purpose of the European Union. Only she – as European Commissioner for Competition – can act against ...

Nato and Russia want dialogue, not a new Cold War

July 9, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

The NATO summit in Warsaw is deciding on new troops for Eastern Europe. Russia is to be both deterred and invited to dialogue. Putin says he’s r ...

  • Cyprus may torpedo EU-Turkey deal
    March 16, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Two days before the next refugee summit between the EU and Turkey, it is far from certain that a deal will be struck. EU member Cyprus, which is not recognized […]

  • Opinion: EU levels empty Schengen threat at Greece
    January 27, 2016, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    The EU’s current plan is to protect external borders and, if necessary, expel Greece – not from the eurozone, but from the Schengen Area. That will not keep people from […]

  • Donald Tusk’s first year as European Council president
    December 1, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Do you remember Herman Van Rompuy? You don’t even remember the name? The Belgian was the first president of the European Council. The fact that he served in the post […]

  • Opinion: Looking away from the Greece-Macedonia border
    November 24, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Following the reprehensible terror attacks in Paris, politicians and the media have understandably concentrated on the security situation, the hunt for perpetrators and the fight against “Islamic State.” However, refugees [&hell ...

  • Opinion: Varoufakis’ resignation comes too late
    July 6, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has probably done his country the best service he can by stepping down. His move hugely facilitates new negotiations with the lenders about a third […]