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March 5, 2020, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

In March 2016, the European Union struck a deal with Turkey that the country would block migrants and asylum-seekers from heading westwards. And until recently, the EU could rely on […]

EU summit poses burning questions beyond just Brexit

October 17, 2019, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

Even without Brexit, the European Union has enough problems on its plate to fill the agenda for its two-day Brussels summit, beginning Thursday. For ...

Antisemitism on the rise in the EU

October 15, 2019, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

For years, antisemitic prejudice and violence have been on the rise in the European Union. Wednesday’s attack on a synagogue and two passers-by ...

Opinion: EU immigration policy is grist to the far-right mill

March 11, 2019, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

A final attempt by EU interior ministers to find agreement on a common immigration policy ahead of European parliamentary elections has collapsed. And ...

  • Opinion: EU online copyright reform won’t break the internet
    February 15, 2019, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    For two years, lobbyists, internet stakeholders, publishers, media professionals and online activists have been hard at work influencing the institutions of the European Union on the reform of copyright in […]

  • CSU’s Manfred Weber sets his sights on EU’s highest office
    November 8, 2018, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    A little-known Bavarian is seeking the European Commission’s top office. Who is Manfred Weber? And what chances does a little-known member of the Christian Social Union, the sister party of […]

  • Opinion: Post-austerity, Greece gets a second chance
    August 20, 2018, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Despite all the mistakes that were made and all the hardships that the Greek people have had to endure, the country’s return to profitability is a success for the EU […]

  • Opinion: Brexit has reached a dead end
    August 15, 2018, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    The UK’s Brexit negotiations with the European Union are at an impasse — that’s according to Prime Minister Theresa May. In a letter to her own divided Conservative party, she […]

  • EU offers Eastern Partnership members money, motivation
    November 24, 2017, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    The EU has invited representatives from six post-Soviet states to take part in its fifth annual Eastern Partnership summit. On the agenda: reforms and closer economic ties. Although she’s only […]

  • Bulgarian soldiers holding Kalashnikov semi automatic rifles
    Opinion: A small step toward a European army
    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 […]