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As the world's largest economy and strongest military, the United States emerged as the single superpower following the Cold War and launched the global War on Terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. Wielding more than just hard power, the US is also a leading entertainment exporter.

Friendly Fire: Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO

Friendly Fire: Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2018

Germany used to be one of Washington's closest allies. But Donald Trump has singled the country out as his favorite target for criticism. The U.S. president continued to pursue that obsession this week, and came close to destroying NATO in the process. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 81, is concerned about the possibility of a new rise of fascism in the world. But she remains confident in the strength of liberal democracy and its institutions. Interview by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


A Disaster Foretold: NATO Prepares for a Trumper Tantrum

A Disaster Foretold: NATO Prepares for a Trumper Tantrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2018

NATO is preparing for a contentious summit this month, primarily due to the posturing by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the meeting. He has made it clear that he is unhappy - and Berlin is target number one. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has set his sights squarely on the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Even its critics are worried that without the organization, the world of trade would revert to the law of the jungle. By Martin Hesse more... Comment ]


Economic Trumpism: U.S. President Makes Life Tough for German Companies

Economic Trumpism: U.S. President Makes Life Tough for German Companies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2018

Seldom has an American president exploited the country's economic power to the degree the Trump administration has. Washington appears to be attacking German companies at every opportunity. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The G-7 Fiasco: It's Time to Isolate Donald Trump

The G-7 Fiasco: It's Time to Isolate Donald Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2018

The G-7 summit once again made it clear that U.S. President Donald Trump is intent on treating America's allies worse than its enemies. Europe must draw the consequences and seek to isolate Trump on the international stage. A Commentary by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]


A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

A Vicious Cycle: Berlin Worried about Losing Trump's Trade War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2018

The U.S. has followed through with its threat to impose punitive tariffs on European steel and aluminum and the signs are pointing to a global trade war. The German government is doing what it can to prevent harm to its automobile industry. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hobby Detectives: Army of Investigators Has Trump in Its Sights

Hobby Detectives: Army of Investigators Has Trump in Its Sights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2018

Americans have been riveted in recent months to every new detail coming out of the ongoing investigation into possible collusion by the Trump campaign. An army of amateur investigators has managed to uncover new developments in the case. Who are they and what drives them? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

The Hardliner with a Soft Spot: A Visit with Trump's Man in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2018

With the arrival of Richard Grenell, an unusual diplomat has taken up quarters at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. The new ambassador is outspoken, modern and openly gay but also an arch-conservative. He tweets more than the president. By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]

Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

Interview with Joschka Fischer: 'The U.S. President Is Destroying the American World Order'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer talks about the danger of war against Iran, the deterioration of trans-Atlantic relations under U.S. President Donald Trump and the serious need for Germany to invest massively in the European Union's future. Interview Conducted By Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]