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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 Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

'The Americans Lied': Trans-Atlantic 'No-Spy' Deal on the Rocks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

Last summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised her citizens a pact which would prohibit US spying on German citizens. But since then, Washington has shown little interest in pursuing such a treaty. Now, officials in Germany fear the deal is dead. By Veit Medick and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

Should the European Central Bank follow the Anglo-Saxon model and buy up vast quantities of sovereign bonds in attempt to finally overcome the euro crisis? ECB head Mario Draghi is under pressure to act now. But what are his options? By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

The NSA has a secret unit that produces special equipment ranging from spyware for computers and cell phones to listening posts and USB sticks that work as bugging devices. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence agency's own catalog. more... Comment ]

Shopping for Spy Gear: Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox

Shopping for Spy Gear: Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 29, 2013

After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices. By Jacob Appelbaum, Judith Horchert and Christian Stöcker more... Comment ]

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 29, 2013

The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

Seventeen rescue robots are competing in Florida this weekend, where their task is to clear away debris, break through walls and climb ladders -- a test run for their use in future disaster scenarios. But the humanoid figures are still a little shaky on their feet. By Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future

A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning. By Marc Hujer and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Russia in Stagnation: Putin Speech Hints at Big Problems

Russia in Stagnation: Putin Speech Hints at Big Problems

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

In his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the need to rein in corruption and called for technological progress. But he also hinted at the bigger problems that will plague his country in years to come. Commentary By Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]

Reality Check: Sluggish US Sales Threaten VW's Growth

Reality Check: Sluggish US Sales Threaten VW's Growth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

VW has misjudged the US market, where it is underperforming its rivals and still has a market share of just 2.6 percent. The company's goal of becoming the world's biggest automaker by 2018 is at risk. By Dietmar Hawranek more...

Cold War in the Pacific: China Escalates Tensions with Neighbors

Cold War in the Pacific: China Escalates Tensions with Neighbors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Beijing's recent establishment of a new air defense zone in the East China Sea is exacerbating long-running disputes with its neighbors Japan and Taiwan -- and threatens to draw the US military into a larger regional conflict. By Hans Hoyng, Wieland Wagner and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]