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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.

North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2017

The conflict with Kim Jong Un raises concern that Washington may be more unpredictable than North Korea. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2017

President Trump's "fire and fury" tirade against the regime of Kim Jong Un has escalated tensions with North Korea. A military conflict with the country would have catastrophic results. Is there still a diplomatic way out of this mess? By Veit Medick, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Christoph Scheuermann, Wieland Wagner and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


'I Just Made It All Up': A Sioux Family Fights Apparent Miscarriage of Justice

'I Just Made It All Up': A Sioux Family Fights Apparent Miscarriage of Justice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2017

Four Sioux from South Dakota have spent the last 23 years in prison, convicted of raping their nieces. Although witness statements were withdrawn, they have never been acquitted. This apparent miscarriage of justice is rooted in a climate of prejudice against Native Americans. By Jasmin Lörchner more... Comment ]

Interview with Michael Bloomberg: 'We Should Help' Donald Trump

Interview with Michael Bloomberg: 'We Should Help' Donald Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2017

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses his efforts to combat climate change and his political opponent Donald Trump, who he says should be given a helping hand to prevent a failing presidency. Interview Conducted by Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...


Hipster Extremists: The Alt-Right Movement Behind Trump's Presidency

Hipster Extremists: The Alt-Right Movement Behind Trump's Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2017

They helped him get elected, and now the alt-right movement is flourishing under Donald Trump's presidency. Their recipe: racism, Islamophobia, sexism and chauvinism packaged in a hypocritical veneer of hipster cool. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

The Trump in the Road: Merkel Concerned G-20 Summit Could End in Fiasco

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2017

Ahead of the Hamburg G-20 summit, the EU trade conflict with the U.S. is threatening to escalate. Both Brussels and Washington are looking into sanctions and Chancellor Merkel is concerned that a fiasco could ensue. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Video | Comment ]


Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House. By Maik Baumgärtner, Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Firing at Democracy: The Toxic State of America

Firing at Democracy: The Toxic State of America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2017

The attack on Republican members of Congress in the United States this week is a product of America's increasingly toxic political climate. Democracy is at stake in a country where two, deeply divided sides are no longer capable of reasonable debate. A Commentary by Christoph Scheuermann in Washington, D.C. more... Comment ]


Trump and the Paris Agreement: A Turning Point in History

Trump and the Paris Agreement: A Turning Point in History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord marks an epochal shift. With the America no longer reliable, it is time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to look for new partners. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

Paris Disagreement: Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity

Paris Disagreement: Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 02, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G-7 leaders did all they could to convince Trump to remain part of the Paris Agreement. But he didn't listen. Instead, he evoked deep-seated nationalism and plunged the West into a conflict deeper than any since World War II. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]