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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.

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2014

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations. By Simon Pfanzeit more... Comment ]

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

US Loses Patience with Europe: Washington Wants Tough Russia Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2014

Following the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, calls are growing in Washington for tough sanctions against Moscow. Many European governments are still hesitating, paving the way for the next big trans-Atlantic row. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Hillary Clinton: 'Surveillance on Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong'

SPIEGEL Interview with Hillary Clinton: 'Surveillance on Merkel's Phone Was Absolutely Wrong'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

In an interview, Hillary Clinton discusses the growing gap between the rich and poor that threatens democracy, Americans' discontent with politics, her regrets over NSA spying on Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone and her potential presidential candidacy. Interview Conducted By Marc Hujer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a SPIEGEL interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Interview with Ex-Stasi Agent: 'The Scope of NSA Surveillance Surprised Me'

Interview with Ex-Stasi Agent: 'The Scope of NSA Surveillance Surprised Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 18, 2014

During the Cold War, West Germany's foreign intelligence service cooperated closely with the NSA. Klaus Eichner, an agent with the East German Stasi, monitored it at the time, and now he tells SPIEGEL what he knew about the collaboration. Interview Conducted by Michael Sontheimer and Andy Müller-Maguhn more... Comment ]

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2014

Diren D., a German high school student from Hamburg, wanted to get a taste of American freedom during an exchange year abroad. Instead, he ended up dead. Are American gun laws to blame? By Karin Assmann, Marc Hujer, Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]

Whither NATO? Difficulties in the Trans-Atlantic Relationship

Whither NATO? Difficulties in the Trans-Atlantic Relationship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

Revelations about NSA spying and an unequal sharing of military burdens has cast a recent shadow over the trans-Atlantic relationship. But NATO remains just as important as ever. It is time for all alliance members to recognize that fact. An Op-Ed by Secretary William Cohen and General James Jones more... Comment ]