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  • 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 figures for EU refugee and migration policy. EU member […]

  • 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 tax-avoidance schemes employed by individual member states […]

  • 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 ready to talk and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Opinion: Russia gets the boot – now what?
    March 26, 2014, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is right. In recent years, the G8 summits have made few concrete decisions. In fact, commentators have often talked of the death-knell ringing on the […]