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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.

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 ]

'America First': Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy

'America First': Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 06, 2017

Is Donald Trump in the process of transforming the United States into an autocracy? His first weeks in office make it look as though that is his aim. The president is hewing closely to the ideas of his chief strategist, making Stephen Bannon the most dangerous man in America. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President

Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2017

The United States president is becoming a danger to the world. It is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Travel Ban: Donald Trump Better Watch Out!

Travel Ban: Donald Trump Better Watch Out!

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2017

The travel ban imposed by the American president on the citizens of seven largely Muslim countries marks a break with tradition for a nation of immigrants. It could become a big problem for Donald Trump. By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]


The New Age of Protectionism: Trump's Attack on Germany and the Global Economy

The New Age of Protectionism: Trump's Attack on Germany and the Global Economy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to stimulate the American economy, but he has shown no interest in existing trade deals or in the basic rules of economics. It is a dangerous cocktail for German industry. more... Comment ]

Defending Western Values: Time for an International Front Against Trump

Defending Western Values: Time for an International Front Against Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

With the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president, America is set to move into a more isolationist and more self-interested direction. The rest of the West must now stand up to defend our values. A Commentary by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

Historian Anne Applebaum on Trump: 'Protest Is Insufficient'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

In a SPIEGEL interview, Pulitzer-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum talks about what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism. Interview Conducted by Christoph Scheuermann and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

Assault on Europe: Donald Trump and the New World Order

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2017

The inauguration of Donald Trump heralds the arrival of a new world order. The West is weaker than ever before and rising American nationalism poses a threat both to Germany's economy and the European Union. more... Comment ]