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Rocky Roads

Sometimes the Atlantic Ocean has never seemed wider. Still, repairing German-American relations has been a top priority of Chancellor Angela Merkel since Germany's opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Explosive narcissism and vulgar capitalism: It is impossible to engage in politics with this U.S. president. Europe should resist the temptation to fixate on Donald Trump and instead pursue its own goals. That's the lesson of a deeply disorienting week. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


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 ]


Trumping Trump: The Truth About German Crime Statistics

Trumping Trump: The Truth About German Crime Statistics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the German crime rate had risen by 10 percent because of refugees in the country. He's wrong. We took a closer look at just how wrong. By Philipp Seibt more... Comment ]

Trump's Attacks on Germany: The Enemy in the White House

Trump's Attacks on Germany: The Enemy in the White House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2018

Trump's latest lies are an open attack on the German government and the European Union. This U.S. president was never a partner. He is an aggressive opponent and should be treated as such. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany 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 ]

Trapped in the Past: Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

Trapped in the Past: Increasing Headwinds for Angela Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2018

Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was being described as the new leader of the free world. But recently she has been having trouble getting her way even in Berlin and Europe. Her days of dominance appear to be over. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]