Unrequited Love: Explaining Germany's Infantile Crush on Obama

Unrequited Love: Explaining Germany's Infantile Crush on Obama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2012

German schadenfreude knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to the United States. The country loves to feel superior to a superpower like America. Yet Germany also harbors a childish infatuation with Obama -- one which has little political grounding. The reasons are psychological. A Commentary by Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Presidential Election in US: Europe Welcomes Obama's Win

Presidential Election in US: Europe Welcomes Obama's Win

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Europe was quick to congratulate US President Barack Obama on Wednesday morning as he won his re-election battle against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Markets in European capitals appeared poised for a rally, but dark clouds loom ahead. more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Madeleine Albright: Romney Has a 'Shallow Understanding of Foreign Policy'

SPIEGEL Interview with Madeleine Albright: Romney Has a 'Shallow Understanding of Foreign Policy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2012

Madeleine Albright, 75, served as secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. In an interview with SPIEGEL, she explains why the US remains an "indispensable nation," says that President Barack Obama needs another term in office and accuses his challenger Mitt Romney of "demagogical campaigning." more... Comment ]

Campaign of Fear: US Election Boils Down to 'Lesser of Two Evils'

Campaign of Fear: US Election Boils Down to 'Lesser of Two Evils'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2012

To win the election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have to mobilize as many of their base voters as possible. At this stage in the race, political agendas are no longer as important to the candidates as badmouthing their opponent. The campaign is getting ugly. By Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Striving for Intimacy: The Role of Sincerity in the US Elections

Striving for Intimacy: The Role of Sincerity in the US Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2012

It might be nice to know that your dentist is generous, but it is irrelevant to the job of cleaning your teeth. Is the same true of the role of sincerity in politics? The current campaign in the US has seen candidates eager to portray themselves as being as sincere as possible. Voters should not be led astray. An Essay by R. Jay Magill, Jr. more... Comment ]

Global Power in Decline: Debate Reveals Outdated US Foreign Policy

Global Power in Decline: Debate Reveals Outdated US Foreign Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2012

The US faces many pressing issues in the near future. But none of them got much air time on Monday night in the debate between President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney. Instead, the two candidates appear stuck in the Bush worldview, and reveal a global power on the decline. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Boca Raton, Florida more... Comment ]

Falling Short: Obama Again Fails to Reveal Mitt the Monster

Falling Short: Obama Again Fails to Reveal Mitt the Monster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2012

US President Barack Obama's performance in Tuesday's debate was much improved, but he continues to miss the target. Even as his campaign ads attempt to paint challenger Mitt Romney as a cold-hearted capitalist, Obama allowed Romney to present himself as Mr. Average. This opens a door of opportunity for the Republican challenger. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Who's Laughing Now? Biden Bares Teeth in Debate

Who's Laughing Now? Biden Bares Teeth in Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2012

US Vice President Joe Biden likes being the butt of jokes -- even ones made by friends within his own party. But during the television debate with his Republican challenger Paul Ryan on Thursday night, Biden put up exactly the kind of spirited fight that the Obama campaign needs. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz more...

The Listless President: How Obama Lost His First Debate with Romney

The Listless President: How Obama Lost His First Debate with Romney

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2012

The political automaton versus the popular leader: One could be forgiven for forgetting which was which at the Wednesday presidential debate in Denver. A smiling and energetic Mitt Romney seemed personable while incumbent Barack Obama looked sullen and listless. It might be enough to revive the Republican's campaign. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Denver more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Who Wants an Amateur in the White House?'

The World from Berlin: 'Who Wants an Amateur in the White House?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to have seriously damaged his chances of election with his comments about the "47 percent" of voters who are "dependent" on the state. German commentators are baffled by how a career politician could have made such an embarrassing gaffe. more... Comment ]