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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.

America Votes: One Mistake Too Many

America Votes: One Mistake Too Many

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2016

When Americans go to the polls on Tuesday, there will be no chance left to salvage this election. All that remains is picking the lesser of two evils. But the damage has already been done. An Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Brutal Historical Logic: Democracy at a Dead-End in America

Brutal Historical Logic: Democracy at a Dead-End in America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2016

On the eve of the US election, Hillary Clinton has a lead in the polls, but it's a small one. Donald Trump's success is the logical outcome of the decades-long erosion of liberal democracy in America. An Essay by Georg Diez more... Comment ]


Clinton Versus Trump: The Script of a Real-Life Tragedy

Clinton Versus Trump: The Script of a Real-Life Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2016

Trump versus Clinton will go down in American history as the dirtiest campaign of all time. It seemed at times as though script writers had let their imaginations run wild. But the consequences for democracy in the United States will be long lasting. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Candidate Unhinged: Trump Targets the Essence of America

A Candidate Unhinged: Trump Targets the Essence of America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2016

To be American means to believe in the Constitution: This narrative, despite its obvious flaws, has kept the country together over the centuries. Now, though, Donald Trump is presenting an altogether different identity for the United States. And the consequences are potentially horrific. An Essay by Charles Hawley more... Comment ]


Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Secret Meetings with Campaign: Germany Prepares for Possible President Trump

Secret Meetings with Campaign: Germany Prepares for Possible President Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2016

Concerned about what would happen to German-American relations in the event Donald Trump wins the US presidential election, government officials are holding low-key talks with his advisors. It's clear that if the Republican wins, it could be expensive for Berlin. By Holger Stark and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


Five Minutes to Trump: Lies and Lapses on the US Campaign Trail

Five Minutes to Trump: Lies and Lapses on the US Campaign Trail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2016

Donald Trump is a proven liar. But Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate as well. With eight weeks to go until Americans go to the polls, the prospect of a notorious charlatan moving into the White House is looking more realistic than ever. By Klaus Brinkbäumer, Veit Medick, Gordon Repinski and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

US Trade Representative on TTIP: 'We Can Still Achieve Our Objective'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2016

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel recently claimed negotiations over the planned trans-Atlantic free trade agreement had fallen apart. US Trade Representative Michael Froman says that's incorrect and argues now is the time for unity. Interview Conducted By Veit Medick in Washington more... Video | Comment ]


Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Republicans Against Trump: Bush Advisor Wolfowitz Says He'll Likely Vote for Clinton

Republicans Against Trump: Bush Advisor Wolfowitz Says He'll Likely Vote for Clinton

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

In an interview, Paul Wolfowitz, 72, an advisor to former President Bush, discusses the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency, why he will likely vote for the Democrat's candidate this year and mistakes made during the Iraq war. Interview Conducted By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Pacific War Games: Why China is Taking Part in US Military Exercises

Pacific War Games: Why China is Taking Part in US Military Exercises

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2016

The United States invited countries from around the Pacific to the world's biggest international maritime exercise, including its greatest rival, China. Its participation says a lot about the country's ambitions -- and its limits. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]