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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.

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 ]


North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2017

The conflict with Kim Jong Un raises concern that Washington may be more unpredictable than North Korea. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2017

President Trump's "fire and fury" tirade against the regime of Kim Jong Un has escalated tensions with North Korea. A military conflict with the country would have catastrophic results. Is there still a diplomatic way out of this mess? By Veit Medick, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Christoph Scheuermann, Wieland Wagner and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


'I Just Made It All Up': A Sioux Family Fights Apparent Miscarriage of Justice

'I Just Made It All Up': A Sioux Family Fights Apparent Miscarriage of Justice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2017

Four Sioux from South Dakota have spent the last 23 years in prison, convicted of raping their nieces. Although witness statements were withdrawn, they have never been acquitted. This apparent miscarriage of justice is rooted in a climate of prejudice against Native Americans. By Jasmin Lörchner more... Comment ]

Interview with Michael Bloomberg: 'We Should Help' Donald Trump

Interview with Michael Bloomberg: 'We Should Help' Donald Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2017

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses his efforts to combat climate change and his political opponent Donald Trump, who he says should be given a helping hand to prevent a failing presidency. Interview Conducted by Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...