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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.

Thank You Donald! What Trump Means for Germany's Future

Thank You Donald! What Trump Means for Germany's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2018

The cracks in trans-Atlantic relations caused by Donald Trump's election provide an opportunity for Germany to finally forge ahead with its own foreign policy. One that draws Europe together and fights for what is right. An Essay by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


The Blight House: Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock Bottom

The Blight House: Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock Bottom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2018

More controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House, with Donald Trump losing his temper over a book accusing him of being an ignorant, TV-addicted narcissist. The bad news, though, is that he's not going away anytime soon. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

The American Void: It's Time for Germany to Learn to Lead

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2018

Washington's move to abandon its global leadership role marks the end of Germany's foreign policy innocence. Berlin will soon be faced with difficult choices that could dent its moral standing. By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


Alleged INF Treaty Violation: U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

Alleged INF Treaty Violation: U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

The U.S. believes Russia is secretly developing nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. Washington has now upped the pressure on NATO to formulate a response - and a new arms race could be the result. By Matthias Gebauer, Christoph Schult and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Moral Emptiness: Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

Moral Emptiness: Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2017

Some say Donald Trump's presidency does not present an existential threat to the American Republic. But after a year of MAGA, it has become clear that a disaster is unfolding whose consequences for humanity and decency will be substantial. An Essay by Roger Cohen more... Comment ]


Substantial Risk: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational Shortcomings

Substantial Risk: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational Shortcomings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2017

In a secret report, NATO warns that it may not be prepared to confront a hypothetical Russian attack. Senior military officers would like to see a return to the command structures used by the alliance during the Cold War. By Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

Isolating Trump: Merkel's G-20 Climate Alliance Is Crumbling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 09, 2017

The German chancellor had been hoping to isolate Donald Trump on climate issues at the upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg. But Merkel's hoped-for alliance is crumbling, underscoring Germany's relative political weakness globally. Many countries are wary of angering the United States. By Christiane Hoffmann, Peter Müller and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Paris Disagreement: Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity

Paris Disagreement: Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the Paris Agreement. But he didn't listen. Instead, he evoked deep-seated nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since World War II. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

Trump in Brussels: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2017

At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]