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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.

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

An Exhausted Democracy: Donald Trump and the New American Nationalism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2016

Is America capable of preventing Donald Trump from coming to power? Although the candidate is himself no fascist, his campaign has certainly shown plenty of parallels. An Essay By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2016

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen. By Dinah Deckstein, Simone Salden and Michaela Schießl more... Comment ]

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2016

As she visits Germany with US President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making a push for the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. "Our administration wants a deal," she says in an interview, at the same time defending secrecy. By Veit Medick in Washington, DC more... Comment ]

John Grisham Interview: 'I'm Not Worried about Trump'

John Grisham Interview: 'I'm Not Worried about Trump'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

John Grisham's legal thrillers, filled with depravity, injustice and prejudice, are microcosms of America. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he discusses the US election, the Trump phenomenon and why he believes Hillary Clinton will prevail. Interview Conducted By Marc Pitzke more... Comment ]

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 ]