For over a century now the United States has been not “a leading world power”, but “the leading world power”. Now with the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency for the first time in over a century we stand to lose our position as the most respected country in the world.

This 2015 article takes a look at the most powerful countries in the world. In the next year or the next four years do we stand to lose our position of leadership to Germany?

The Seven Great Powers

What follows is a highly subjective ranking of the G-7, the seven great powers that can rock the world.

The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel

A summer afternoon at the Reichstag. Soft Berlin light filters down through the great glass dome, past tourists ascending the spiral ramp, and into the main hall of parliament. Half the members’ seats are empty. At the lectern, a short, slightly hunched figure in a fuchsia jacket, black slacks, and a helmet of no-color hair is reading a speech from a binder.

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