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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.

The Undrained Swamp: Trump's Washington, One Year On

The Undrained Swamp: Trump's Washington, One Year On

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2017

It has been one year since Donald Trump was elected to the White House, but the mutual hatred between the president and Washington D.C. has not dissipated. And the city has refused to back down to the Trumpian bluster. By Christoph Scheuermann 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 ]


Herbicide Health Dangers: Monsanto Faces Blowback Over Cancer Cover-Up

Herbicide Health Dangers: Monsanto Faces Blowback Over Cancer Cover-Up

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2017

A release of internal emails has revealed that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto manipulated studies of the company's herbicide, Roundup. Experts believe the product causes cancer - and the consequences for the company could be dire. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2017

The diesel emissions scandal has already cost Volkswagen 25 billion euros, and no end is in sight. But how did it start? In a corrugated iron shack in the forests of West Virginia, discovered by a trio of university students. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]


A Shrinking Giant: EU Worries Grow over U.S. Economic Chaos

A Shrinking Giant: EU Worries Grow over U.S. Economic Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2017

Under Donald Trump's leadership, the U.S. is in the process of forfeiting its position of economic supremacy. An internal EU document shows that the Europeans are worried. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Law and Order under Donald Trump: The Golden Age of Private Prisons

Law and Order under Donald Trump: The Golden Age of Private Prisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 05, 2017

The Obama administration moved to phase out private prisons in the United States, but Donald Trump has now reversed those policies. A boom in the industry is expected and investors are thrilled. By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]


A Country of Fear and Courage: What I Learned from Two Years in America

A Country of Fear and Courage: What I Learned from Two Years in America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2017

Veit Medick recently spent two years as SPIEGEL ONLINE's correspondent in the United States. He lived with his family in a Washington, D.C., suburb. The experience taught him a lot about America's psyche, but also Germany's. more... Comment ]

A Tale of Two Countries: Why There Won't Be a German Trump

A Tale of Two Countries: Why There Won't Be a German Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2017

Seven decades after World War II, a leader like President Donald Trump would have almost no chance of political success in Berlin. But why? The answer lies in the unique historical, political, social and cultural stories of the United States and Germany -- and the tumultuous path they have taken over the last century. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Sowing Seeds of Hate: The Unforgivable Disgrace of an American President

Sowing Seeds of Hate: The Unforgivable Disgrace of an American President

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2017

There has never before been a U.S. president who trivialized the violence and racism of neo-Nazis. For many Republicans, Donald Trump has now gone too far. The populist leader has become more isolated than ever before -- in the world and inside his own party. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

America's Chauvinist-in-Chief: The True Face of Donald Trump

America's Chauvinist-in-Chief: The True Face of Donald Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is a racist and a hate preacher. It's time to stop trivializing the immense damage he is causing. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]