The coronavirus pandemic is shaking bedrock assumptions about U.S. exceptionalism. This is perhaps the first global crisis in more than a century where no one is even looking for Washington to lead.
Katrin BennholdI was 17 when I moved to the US. I remember the big skies, the many flags, the easy confidence of a nation always on the right side of history -- all alien concepts to a German teen.
America told a story of hope. But today that story is in trouble: 1/6
It was the first large democracy to contain the spread of the coronavirus and is now the first to methodically go about reopening its economy. Others are watching.
Katrin BennholdMichael Hoelscher got the idea for the antibody study in the shower.
It was the day before the lockdown was imposed.
He wrote a pitch to the government. Six hours later, he got the green light.
How Germany is methodically planning its exit strategy
Katrin BennholdA policeman at your doorstep, strangers in space suits asking for your blood: Unusual times call for unusual methods.
How Germany is methodically testing its way out of the lockdown, one random sample at the time.
In 1633 the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, ravaged by a pandemic, made a pledge to God. Now another pandemic has forced villagers to abandon their promise.
Katrin BennholdIn 1633 a village made a promise to God to escape the plague.
Four centuries later it was forced to break the promise because of corona.
Now Oberammergau is praying for another miracle.
"Maybe the pledge still protects us?"
The United States, China and Europe are battling to be the first to find a cure, bringing a nationalist element to a worldwide crisis.
Katrin BennholdTrump courts one German biotech company.
China buys a stake in another.
The EU Commission jumps into action will millions of euros in biotech funding.
The geopolitical race for a coronavirus vaccine is on. Our report:
The famously no-nonsense chancellor, keeping to form, braced Germany for an epidemic that may reach extraordinary scale.
Katrin Bennhold“It was vintage Merkel.” The chancellor, a trained physicist, has given Germans some cold hard facts about the coronavirus in a way no other leader has. Our report: