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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.

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 ]

Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2014

At the G-20 finance ministers' meeting in Sydney, emerging economies will push for joint action to halt rising interest rates. But the industrialized nations want nothing to do with it and are instead arguing that each country should solve its own problems. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Digital Independence: NSA Scandal Boosts German Tech Industry

Digital Independence: NSA Scandal Boosts German Tech Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

The German IT sector is hoping to profit from trust lost in American technology firms in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal. But critics warn that plans to create a European routing system could affect the openness of the Internet. By Hilmar Schmundt and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

NSA Scandal: Kerry To Visit Berlin To Rebuild Trust

NSA Scandal: Kerry To Visit Berlin To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to visit Berlin on Friday in an attempt to repair the damage done by the NSA spying scandal. German officials aren't expecting any official apology, and the trip comes at a difficult time in trans-Atlantic ties. By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]

Probing America: Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation

Probing America: Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

Germany and the US appear to be edging closer to political confrontation. The Federal Prosecutor says there is sufficient evidence to open a politically explosive investigation into NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. By Veit Medick and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Non-Apology Tour: US Lawmakers in Berlin over NSA Scandal

Non-Apology Tour: US Lawmakers in Berlin over NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

The Obama administration dispatched two lawmakers to Berlin this week to help ease concerns about the NSA spying scandal. Yet the word "sorry" never crossed their lips. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Reding in Washington: EU Sends Tough Commissioner for NSA Talks

Reding in Washington: EU Sends Tough Commissioner for NSA Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

The EU is remaining firm with Washington over US spying, with officials in Brussels demanding better protection for Europeans. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding is heading to Washington on Monday with a number of demands. By Sebastian Fischer and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Germans Rejected: US Unlikely to Offer 'No-Spy' Agreement

Germans Rejected: US Unlikely to Offer 'No-Spy' Agreement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Senior German intelligence officials met with their NSA and CIA counterparts in the US last week to start trust-rebuilding efforts between the estranged allies. While a "no-spy" agreement seems unlikely, Merkel might learn what Snowden could still reveal. By Melanie Amann, Hubert Gude, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]