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Single Power

As the world's largest economy and strongest military, the United States emerged as the single superpower following the Cold War and launched the global War on Terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. Wielding more than just hard power, the US is also a leading entertainment exporter.

International Trumpquake: Tentative Stirrings of a Beijing-Berlin Axis

International Trumpquake: Tentative Stirrings of a Beijing-Berlin Axis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2017

With U.S. President Donald Trump threatening Germany and China with a trade war, Beijing and Berlin have begun searching for ways to tighten economic relations. But there is more dividing the two nations than uniting them. By Ralf Neukirch, Gerald Traufetter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Zig-Zagging on Syria: Trump's Foreign Policy Game

Zig-Zagging on Syria: Trump's Foreign Policy Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2017

It could turn out that Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria was the right one. But thus far, he has no clear policy and there are several risks to his approach. One of them is the president himself. A Commentary by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]


Trump CEO Adviser: 'An Opportunity To Have a Voice at the Table'

Trump CEO Adviser: 'An Opportunity To Have a Voice at the Table'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2017

Rich Lesser, 54, is the CEO of the Boston Consulting Group and a member of Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum. In an interview, he explains his decision to remain in the role despite the criticism from in- and outside his company. Interview Conducted by Isabell Hülsen more...

Ego Trip: Trump Steers into Global Economy Collision Course

Ego Trip: Trump Steers into Global Economy Collision Course

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is currently steering his country into economic isolation. Bodies like the IMF, the G-7 and the G-20 fear for the future of the global financial system. They want Germany to take on a stronger role in standing up to the Americans. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


A Week with the White House Press Corps: Inside Trump's War on the Traditional Media

A Week with the White House Press Corps: Inside Trump's War on the Traditional Media

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2017

Since his declaration that the media is the "enemy of the people," White House correspondents have been battling to maintain their position in the new America. Trump is giving them competition by filling the press corps with trolls and a new wave of right-wing media. By Markus Feldenkirchen in Washington, D.C. more... Comment ]

Doping Investigation: Suspicions Surround Elite Nike Running Team

Doping Investigation: Suspicions Surround Elite Nike Running Team

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2017

American anti-doping investigators believe that a Nike-sponsored team of elite runners coached by Alberto Salazar may be engaged in systematic deception. Internal emails suggest that the sportswear company has sought to hinder the investigation. By Rafael Buschmann and Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]


Alex Jones: Meet Donald Trump's Propagandist

Alex Jones: Meet Donald Trump's Propagandist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2017

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones is America's top conspiracy theorist. He has millions of listeners, but his most powerful one happens to be the president of the United States. DER SPIEGEL takes you inside his media empire in Austin. By Veit Medick in Austin, Texas more... Comment ]

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2017

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Trump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point

Trump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2017

Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's DER SPIEGEL, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal democracy. A Commentary by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]