SPIEGEL Interview with John Podesta: Obama 'Has the Leverage and the Clout'

SPIEGEL Interview with John Podesta: Obama 'Has the Leverage and the Clout'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

Former White House chief of staff and current political consultant John Podesta is betting on President Barack Obama's ability to overcome the gridlock in Congress. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he says the president's re-election is a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy to invest in the middle class. more... Comment ]

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 ]

Obama's Diverse Coalition: The New America Flexes its Muscles

Obama's Diverse Coalition: The New America Flexes its Muscles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2012

The election in 2008 provided but a fleeting glimpse of America's vast new diversity. This year, it was impossible to ignore, with unprecedented numbers of Hispanics joining blacks and women to push President Barack Obama back into the White House. The Republicans are facing a bleak future if they don't reinvent themselves. By Marc Pitzke  in Boston more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Obama Is Not a Messiah Anymore'

The World from Berlin: 'Obama Is Not a Messiah Anymore'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2012

Most Germans are relieved that US President Barack Obama has been re-elected. But lacking the same level of support at home, he has a tough road ahead, the country's media commentators say on Thursday. They urge Obama to exhibit strong leadership both domestically and abroad. more...

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Europe is no longer the greatest priority in American foreign policy, but many German politicians would like to see that change. Washington and Berlin face common challenges -- from the economy to Iran's nuclear program. Now that he has been re-elected, the hope is that President Obama will visit to discuss the issues. By Severin Weiland in Berlin more... Comment ]

Mission Reconciliation: Victory Speech Signals Compromises Ahead

Mission Reconciliation: Victory Speech Signals Compromises Ahead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Barack Obama has won re-election in the US, but his power base remains weak. The embattled Republicans still have the majority in the House of Representatives, which means the president will have to be accomodating if he wants to achieve anything. A Commentary By Sebastian Fischer in Chicago more... Comment ]

Victory without Triumph: Tough Road Ahead for Obama after Lackluster Win

Victory without Triumph: Tough Road Ahead for Obama after Lackluster Win

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Barack Obama may have won the election, but it is a victory devoid of triumph. The tough win means that the president will have to take small steps to achieve his political goals during his second term in office. This could ultimately pay off for his party in the long run. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Republican Defeat: How Romney Sabotaged His Own Campaign

Republican Defeat: How Romney Sabotaged His Own Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Mitt Romney's defeat is a bitter one. In the end, his campaign was torpedoed by his extremist running mate and the constant flip-flopping that left voters clueless about who the "real" Romney was. His concession speech has only left his supporters feeling empty and confused. By Marc Pitzke in Boston more...

The Trans-Atlantic Take: Obama Victory to Further Euro-Crisis Clash with Berlin

The Trans-Atlantic Take: Obama Victory to Further Euro-Crisis Clash with Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

The first administration of US President Barack Obama was heavily critical of Europe's hesitant approach to confronting the euro crisis. Things aren't likely to change in the second term. But there is hope that the White House will pivot back to Europe for a possible trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. A Commentary by Tyson Barker 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...