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Spiegel Online is one of the most widely read news sites in Germany. It was founded with an editorial team of its own that is independent of the parent magazine. Discussion still continues as to about how much the two editorial teams should be fused. Spiegel Online is Germany's most quoted online source.

Medium: online portal
Political orientation: Centre-left
Frequency of publication: Regularly updated
Visits per month: > 200.000.000
Online payment model: Some content subject to a charge

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Publisher: Spiegel Online GmbH / Spiegel net GmbH / Spiegel-Verlag
Area of distribution: Nationwide
Established: 1994

Ericusspitze 1, 20457 Hamburg
Phone: 0049 40 38 08 00
Twitter: @spiegelonline

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5 articles from this medium have been cited in the European press review by euro|topics.

1.  Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, June 30, 2014

Why a Brexit would be good

In the debate over Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination as Commission president the real issue was whether the Eurozone can become emancipated within the EU, and therefore a Brexit would be good, argues columnist Wolfgang Münchau on news portal Spiegel Online: "Like many Germans the British also underestimated the extent to which a monetary union demands political and economic integration. ... The Eurozone against the rest - this is now the decisive organising principle. It used to be right against left. Now that has changed. ... Without causing it, the diplomatic wrangling over Juncker has made it clear that Britain has become a peripheral state of the EU. Now the challenge is to give this new reality formal definition. For the Eurozone Britain's exit would have an advantage. It would help shape the next phase of political integration without having to take London into account. The politicisation of the Eurozone will advance, no matter what."

2.  Spiegel Online - Germany | Friday, December 28, 2012

Growth more important than fighting inflation

The new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is person of the year for 2012 because he puts economic growth before fighting inflation, Wolfgang Münchau writes on the news portal Spiegel Online: "When people look back on 2012, the big event will not be the third year of the euro crisis, but one of the most radical new directions taken in economic policy in our generation. ... It is the renunciation of price stability as the sole, basic goal of monetary policy. ... When nominal growth rises, the debt ratio falls. At zero growth and zero inflation it doesn't fall. That's the problem in Japan as well as in the countries of Southern Europe. They can't escape their debt trap through growth or inflation. Hence the idea that the central banks should make nominal growth and not price stability their central goal. ... It is of crucial significance when the political consensus in one of the biggest and most important industrial countries changes course. That has happened in Japan, and I see it as a global trend. For that reason my choice falls on Abe, who embodies this trend to the fullest degree."

3.  Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Merkel's trivialising arms policy

According to a report published in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, Saudi Arabia has inquired again about purchasing several hundred tanks from Germany. The German government remains silent on the issue. In his column with Spiegel Online, Jakob Augustein criticises the pro-armament "Merkel Doctrine" prevalent in Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU): "In the arms trade one doesn't speak of deaths. The word 'responsibility' is preferred. So it sounds like Angela Merkel phrased it in a memorable speech a year ago: she talked a lot about Germany, which was conscious 'of its responsibility in the world'. But she also talked a lot about the 'emerging newly industrialised states', which needed to 'assume more responsibility'. In reality Merkel was announcing the guideline for a new German arms policy with her speech. The Merkel Doctrine. ... Instead of fighting themselves the Germans are better off supplying their allies with weapons. Even if those allies happen to be dictators. ... 42 percent of Germany's arms exports go to so-called third-party states, or in other words states that are not members of the EU or Nato."

4.  Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, June 21, 2012

For Wolfgang Münchau Merkel's policy leads to Dante's Inferno

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's crisis policies will lead straight to the biggest bankruptcy the world has ever seen, columnist Wolfgang Münchau fears in the news portal Spiegel Online: "A sudden end to the euro would be ruinous, particularly for Germany. First off, the European single market would not survive a return to fluctuating exchange rates. The German export industry could not recover from such a change. Add to that the threat of financial collapse. ... Angela Merkel's policy of procrastination is even more ruinous. With every month the burden on Germany's system increases. … If Spain and Italy now also seek the aid of the bailout fund, then Germany and France together would stand surety for more than four billion euros of debt. That's more than the annual income of both countries put together. We are heading straight for the biggest bankruptcy in history. I know only two solutions by which this scenario can be avoided: either the European Central Bank takes over the debts, or they are partially mutualised through euro bonds and a banking union. Merkel's policy leads us into Dante's Inferno. 'Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.'"

5.  Spiegel Online - Germany | Sunday, September 27, 2009

Who's wearing the trousers now?

The news portal Spiegel Online writes that the liberal FDP is the true winner of Germany's Bundestag elections: "Everything points to Angela Merkel having saved her chancellorship - but the price paid by her Christian Democratic Union is high. The result attained by the two sister parties CDU and CSU is below that of 2005. If Merkel can still form a coalition government, she owes it to the FDP, which benefited from this election in a way no one would have thought possible just a short while ago. The architecture of this Merkel-led government will be fundamentally different from similar coalitions of the past. In Helmut Kohl's government it was always clear who was wearing the trousers, because the CDU/CSU had four to five times as many seats in parliament as its liberal junior partner. That has changed today, perhaps for good. ... The initiative in the next government now lies with Guido Westerwelle."

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