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Barack Obama rode a wave of optimism to the White House in 2008, shattering the color barrier to the world's most powerful position. The ride has proven tumultuous since the election, consumed by efforts to win the war in Afghanistan and revive the tepid US economy.

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

The Return of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

The Return of Terror: Violence Rocks Iraq as Elections Approach

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

With just six weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Iraq, sectarian violence has once again gripped the country. Car bombs have become a regular occurrence and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is under fire. By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Neubesetzung im Weißen Haus: Obama holt sich Clintons Stabschef ins Team

Neubesetzung im Weißen Haus: Obama holt sich Clintons Stabschef ins Team

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

US-Präsident Barack Obama steckt seit Monaten in einem Umfragetief. Nun soll Clintons Ex-Stabschef John Podesta helfen und ins Weiße Haus zurückkehren. An Erfahrung mit schwierigen Situationen fehlt es ihm nicht. mehr...

Spying Fallout: German Trust in United States Plummets

Spying Fallout: German Trust in United States Plummets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The NSA spying scandals have taken a toll on Germans' opinion of their longtime ally, according to a new survey. Mistrust in the United States has skyrocketed, and more Germans are viewing whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero. more... Comment ]

Merkel Spying: It's 'Unlikely' White House Didn't Know

Merkel Spying: It's 'Unlikely' White House Didn't Know

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

President Obama has claimed he didn't know the US was spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. SPIEGEL asks White House security veteran Michael Allen about whether that's possible -- and how the NSA sets its priorities in the first place. Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer more... Comment ]

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

Spy Games: Trans-Atlantic Relations Should Not Be Jeopardized

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

The ongoing NSA spying scandal has put major strain on the relationship between Germany and the US. But both sides should stop reacting emotionally and look at the political realities. With trans-Atlantic trade on the line, there's simply too much at stake. A Commentary By Annette Heuser more... Comment ]

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

US on Spying Scandal: 'Allies Aren't Always Friends'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Many commentators in the US see surveillance like the NSA's alleged tapping of Chancellor Merkel's phone as a necessary fact of life. The White House is trying to limit the damage -- but the snooping will go on. By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2013

According to SPIEGEL research, United States intelligence agencies have not only targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone, but they have also used the American Embassy in Berlin as a listening station. The revelations now pose a serious threat to German-American relations. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

EU Summit: Merkel's Delicate Dance over Spying Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

While at the EU summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Merkel has been forced to perform a diplomatic balancing act. She must express the appropriate amount of indignation over allegations she was spied on by the US, but she must also avoid alienating her important allies. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Frenemies: Spying on Allies Fits Obama's Standoffish Profile

Frenemies: Spying on Allies Fits Obama's Standoffish Profile

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under US President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world. By Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

'That's Just Not Done': Merkel Comments on Spying Allegations

'That's Just Not Done': Merkel Comments on Spying Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke her silence Thursday over German allegations that US intelligence agencies tapped her cell phone. Upon arriving at an EU summit in Brussels, Merkel told reporters that the trust between Germany and the US "now has to be built anew." more... Comment ]

'Out of Hand': Europe Furious Over US Spying Allegations

'Out of Hand': Europe Furious Over US Spying Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

The newest allegations of US spying have unleashed a torrent of criticism and concern in Europe. If suspicions unearthed by SPIEGEL that the US tapped Chancellor Merkel's cell phone turn out to be true, the ramifications for trans-Atlantic ties could be immense. more... Comment ]

Hot Water: German Foreign Minister Summons US Ambassador

Hot Water: German Foreign Minister Summons US Ambassador

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has summoned the new American ambassador to Berlin over allegations the US has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

Merkel's Phone: Spying Suspicions Put Obama in a Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Berlin has reacted strongly to suspicions that US intelligence spied on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone. If the accusations turn out to be true, it will put President Obama in a rather awkward position. By Sebastian Fischer in Washington more... Comment ]