German schadenfreude knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to the United States. The country loves to feel superior to a superpower like America. Yet Germany also harbors a childish infatuation with Obama -- one which has little political grounding. The reasons are psychological.Von Jan Fleischhauer
Europe was quick to congratulate US President Barack Obama on Wednesday morning as he won his re-election battle against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Markets in European capitals appeared poised for a rally, but dark clouds loom ahead.
Madeleine Albright, 75, served as secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. In an interview with SPIEGEL, she explains why the US remains an "indispensable nation," says that President Barack Obama needs another term in office and accuses his challenger Mitt Romney of "demagogical campaigning."
To win the election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will have to mobilize as many of their base voters as possible. At this stage in the race, political agendas are no longer as important to the candidates as badmouthing their opponent. The campaign is getting ugly.Von Marc Hujer und Gregor Peter Schmitz
It might be nice to know that your dentist is generous, but it is irrelevant to the job of cleaning your teeth. Is the same true of the role of sincerity in politics? The current campaign in the US has seen candidates eager to portray themselves as being as sincere as possible. Voters should not be led astray.Von R. Jay Magill, Jr.
The US faces many pressing issues in the near future. But none of them got much air time on Monday night in the debate between President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney. Instead, the two candidates appear stuck in the Bush worldview, and reveal a global power on the decline.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
US President Barack Obama's performance in Tuesday's debate was much improved, but he continues to miss the target. Even as his campaign ads attempt to paint challenger Mitt Romney as a cold-hearted capitalist, Obama allowed Romney to present himself as Mr. Average. This opens a door of opportunity for the Republican challenger.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
US Vice President Joe Biden likes being the butt of jokes -- even ones made by friends within his own party. But during the television debate with his Republican challenger Paul Ryan on Thursday night, Biden put up exactly the kind of spirited fight that the Obama campaign needs.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
The political automaton versus the popular leader: One could be forgiven for forgetting which was which at the Wednesday presidential debate in Denver. A smiling and energetic Mitt Romney seemed personable while incumbent Barack Obama looked sullen and listless. It might be enough to revive the Republican's campaign.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to have seriously damaged his chances of election with his comments about the "47 percent" of voters who are "dependent" on the state. German commentators are baffled by how a career politician could have made such an embarrassing gaffe.
Times have changed. In the speech he delivered at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, US President Barack Obama replaced lofty rhetoric with sober, hard-nosed pragmatism. He said Americans have a choice between two futures for their country. Will that message be enough to help him beat Romney?Von Marc Pitzke
In this year's US presidential election, truth is in short supply. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have become more unabashed in their lies than ever before. With a mainstream media weakened by the appearance of partisan bias and editorial staffs that have been ravaged during the crisis, many of the whoppers won't be second-guessed.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
Four years ago, Sarah Palin energized the Republicans with her convention speech. This year, it is Paul Ryan who has found a common cause with the party's grassroots. His stark brand of conservatism is bad news for the socially weak.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
Wither the Republicans? The party's national convention this week has revealed a GOP that seems unconcerned about alienating minority voters. Despite poor economic data, German commentators on Thursday argue that candidate Mitt Romney will have trouble getting elected as a result.
Mitt Romney has succeeded in securing the Republican nomination in Tampa this week. And while he may want to govern as a statesman, he won't be able to count on his party for support. For years, many US conservatives have given up political responsibility in favor of hardline ideology.Von Gregor Peter Schmitz
Mitt Romney fiebert seiner Nominierung entgegen - doch nun könnte der Parteitag der Republikaner buchstäblich abgeblasen werden müssen. Tropensturm "Isaac" rast auf die Küste Floridas zu. Die Wetterfront hatte schon in Guantanamo für Durcheinander gesorgt.
The Republican Party has come down hard on Representative Todd Akin for his incendiary comments on rape. But as the party's new platform reveals, Akin is par for the course in a GOP which has veered hard to the intolerant right.Von Marc Pitzke
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan, 42, has called for radical cuts to the social system. German newspapers argue he will make an easy target for the Democrats and could strengthen President Barack Obama's position.