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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 Baltic Front: Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

The Baltic Front: Where Putin's Empire Meets the EU

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2015

The Baltic states view themselves as†being at the front lines in a new East-West conflict. But even with large Russian minority populations, its difficult to envision a Ukraine-style conflict taking shape in Lithania, Latvia or Estonia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

Washington is once again talking about stationing nuclear warheads in Europe. Russia, too, is turning up the rhetoric. Europeans are concerned about becoming caught in the middle of a new Cold War. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The†TTIP Gap: How a†Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

The†TTIP Gap: How a†Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

The European Commission is hoping that a major trade agreement with the US will stimulate the EU economy. But many in Europe fear adverse impacts on the environment and democracy. Negotiators ought to consider a third approach. By Spiegel Staff more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's†Time To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's†Time To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture†and the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

New Lives in Uruguay: Freedom Elusive after 12 Years at Guantanamo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2015

Six former Guantanamo prisoners have been sharing a house in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo for the last six months. The planned closure of the US detention facility could hinge on the outcome of this experiment. By Marian Blasberg in Montevideo, Uruguay more... Comment ]

The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

The Spy Next Door: The Double Life of Agent Jack Barsky

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2015

An East German national spent two decades spying for the KGB in the United States before his capture, establishing two families in two countries and leading a complicated double life. The story of how a former communist became the guy next door. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

Betrayal and Betrayers: Merkel's Risky Silence in the NSA Scandal

Betrayal and Betrayers: Merkel's Risky Silence in the NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2015

While Chancellor Angela Merkel remains tight-lipped about the German intelligence scandal, her second-in-command is casting her in an increasingly unflattering light by opening up. A Commentary By Klaus Brinkbšumer more... Comment ]

Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

Take Two: A New Hillary for a Fresh White House Bid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants to do almost everything differently in her second run for the presidency. She's showing a more modest, warm-hearted and female side than ever before, and many argue she would make a good president. Can she charm America? By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2015

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2015

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]