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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.

Opinion: America's Election Shame

Opinion: America's Election Shame

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 06, 2016

US political culture long served as an example to others. But the political culture on display in the Republican primaries has been a mixture of primary school, mafia and porn industry. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Three Days with the President: Taking Stock of Obama's Cuba Visit

Three Days with the President: Taking Stock of Obama's Cuba Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2016

It wasn't always easy, but in the end Barack Obama and Raúl Castro did the wave together in the stadium. Veit Medick was in Cuba, traveling with the US president's press corps. Impressions from a memorable state visit. By Veit Medick in Havana, Cuba more... Comment ]

Aiding and Abetting: How an Uncritical Media Helped Trump's Rise

Aiding and Abetting: How an Uncritical Media Helped Trump's Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2016

Donald Trump abuses members of the media and wants to limit American press freedoms, even as he exploits them to field his own message. But his rise can also be traced to the failures of journalists, who remained disturbingly uncritical for far too long. An Essay By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Opinion: America's Trumper-Tantrum

Opinion: America's Trumper-Tantrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign seem unstoppable. His populist message is seductive in a country with deeply concentrated wealth and an apparent unwillingness to change the status quo. It may land him in the White House. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

America's White Revolt: Trump Tears the Republicans Apart

America's White Revolt: Trump Tears the Republicans Apart

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign has morphed into a movement -- and it's one the Republican establishment would like to stop. But buoyed by Evangelicals and the white lower and middle class, it is unclear whether the vulgar New York real estate tycoon can be stopped. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Anne-Marie Slaughter: 'This Country Is Ready for a Woman in the White House'

Anne-Marie Slaughter: 'This Country Is Ready for a Woman in the White House'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2016

Anne-Marie Slaughter was one of Hillary Clinton's top advisors at the State Department before she left politics to devote more time to her family. In an interview with SPIEGEL, she discusses the feminist debate that ensued and her views of the Syrian crisis. Interview Conducted by Britta Sandberg and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

America's Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World's Most Dangerous Man

America's Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World's Most Dangerous Man

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2016

Donald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush's America would seem like a place of logic and reason in comparison. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Veit Medick and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

Calling in Kallstadt: A Visit to Donald Trump's Ancestral Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2016

The village of Kallstadt is famous in Germany for its local specialty, stuffed pork belly. It's also the place that Donald Trump's grandfather called home before emigrating to America. Locals are ambivalent about the man's politics and his bid for the presidency. By Kevin Hagen and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2015

Ben Rhodes, US President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor, discusses the similarities between the Paris attacks and 9/11, the security risk posed by the refugee crisis and why the US won't send ground troops to Syria. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

America's Oligarch Problem: How the Super-Rich Threaten US Democracy

America's Oligarch Problem: How the Super-Rich Threaten US Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2015

The sky's the limit when it comes to the United States' campaign finance system. Increasingly, the country's richest sector is gaining influence and control over America's politicals. The development threatens the country's once proud democracy. An Essay By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]