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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 Looming Crisis: What If Iran Becomes the Next Syria?

The Looming Crisis: What If Iran Becomes the Next Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2018

Donald Trump's Iran policy is a threat to European security. It's time for the EU to stand up to the U.S. president. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial By Christiane Hoffmann more...

Voting by Smartphone: Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

Voting by Smartphone: Quick and Easy, Just Not Very Secure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2018

With the U.S. midterm election approaching, concerns about cybersecurity and Russian meddling are mounting. The state of West Virginia has chosen now, of all times, to introduce smartphone voting. By Angela Gruber and Patrick Beuth more... Comment ]


Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2018

During an official visit to Japan, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas unveiled the first hints of Berlin's new plan for countering Donald Trump's nationalist policies: a network of countries with a shared belief in the rules of the postwar order. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

Jean-Claude Juncker's Unexpected Deal: How the European Commission President Won Over Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2018

This week, Washington and Brussels struck an unexpected agreement to lift levies in the tariff conflict between the U.S. and the EU. The move represents a victory for all sides, but especially beleaguered European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

NATO Spending Debate: What Did Merkel Pledge in Brussels?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree behind closed doors to increase military spending in Berlin? The debate over the defense budget is now reheating within her coalition government. By Matthias Gebauer, Peter Müller, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

Hibernation: How Europe Can Survive the Trump Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2018

Explosive narcissism and vulgar capitalism: It is impossible to engage in politics with this U.S. president. Europe should resist the temptation to fixate on Donald Trump and instead pursue its own goals. That's the lesson of a deeply disorienting week. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


Friendly Fire: Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO

Friendly Fire: Trump Takes Aim at Germany and NATO

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2018

Germany used to be one of Washington's closest allies. But Donald Trump has singled the country out as his favorite target for criticism. The U.S. president continued to pursue that obsession this week, and came close to destroying NATO in the process. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

Interview with Madeleine Albright: 'I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 81, is concerned about the possibility of a new rise of fascism in the world. But she remains confident in the strength of liberal democracy and its institutions. Interview by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


A Disaster Foretold: NATO Prepares for a Trumper Tantrum

A Disaster Foretold: NATO Prepares for a Trumper Tantrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2018

NATO is preparing for a contentious summit this month, primarily due to the posturing by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the meeting. He has made it clear that he is unhappy - and Berlin is target number one. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has set his sights squarely on the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Even its critics are worried that without the organization, the world of trade would revert to the law of the jungle. By Martin Hesse more... Comment ]