Germany and the U.S.

Behind the scenes

After five years as director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Peter Schäfer has thrown in the towel. Agnes Monka explains what it's all about.

Power rankings

Bill Gates is wrong. Nuclear power will not save the climate. Beyond Chernobyl and Fukushima, there’s too much speaking against it.
US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping

My dearest enemy: Donald Trump and Xi Jinping

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How the West was lost

NATO and the EU were created in a world that vanished 30 years ago. Clinging to that lost era means denying the facts of the present day

The wander years

Johanna Röh is one of the very few women ever to take up the old German tradition of the “Wanderjahre”, a custom that even brought her to Mexico, Canada and Japan as a craftsperson.

The Wurst is over

Until only a few years ago, vegans were still subject to ridicule from the majority of consumers. Now, not only Berlin has emerged as a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Truth Humor

Facebook is funding research on media, ethics and innovation. Is this a welcome promotion or a damnable colonization of journalism by a tech giant?

“Put them to use!”

We often hear that more research is necessary to save our climate. But the necessary technologies have long existed – we just have to put them to use.
Many Germans helped welcoming and integrating refugees – and are still helping.

Germany has not forgotten the lessons of the Nazis

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Engender equality

Women in Germany are still massively under-represented in positions of leadership in business, politics and culture, but they themselves contribute to this stagnation

Zee Germans & their dogs

Dogs are popular pets all over the world, but there’s something special – one might say odd – about the Germans’ relationship with their four-legged friends

These truths

The histrionic debate over nationalization and forcible expropriation in Germany distracts from a more urgent conversation

Swimming to Berlin

Two female Syrian swimmers who saved others from drowning while fleeing the war: Their heroic flight from war-torn Syria made the Mardini sisters, Yusra and Sarah, famous all over the world.

Holding the center

Chancellor Merkel’s opponents can be divided into two camps. But the German chancellor Angela Merkel refuses to become a lame duck.

Saving the bond

The US is decoupling from its 70-year-old partnership with Europe. The trans-Atlantic relationship must start again from scratch.

The base is loaded

Despite all the US president’s statements to the contrary, the Americans are expanding their military presence in Germany.

Wunderbar together

The Year of German-American Friendship aims to encourage exchange and encounter – especially at a time of political differences.
Partnerstädte: Feuerwehrmann Christopher aus Rockville
Twin cities

“Our friendships have become like a second family”

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Partnerstädte: Feuerwehrmann Jan aus Pinneberg
Twin cities

“We stand united like brothers”

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Lest we forget

Filmmaker Luigi Toscano gives victims of the Holocaust the opportunity to speak - and us the opportunity to understand.

Germany-USA Quiz

Deutschlandjahr USA
Question 1/4
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    Ein Pfälzer Dialekt wird noch immer in den USA gesprochen
    What is the name of the Rhenish Palatine dialect still spoken in the USA today?
    Question 2/4
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      Die USA haben deutlich mehr Einwohner als die USA
      How many more inhabitants does the USA have than Germany?
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        German-American Day
        On which day is German-American Day celebrated in the USA?
        Question 4/4
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          Es gibt deutsche Worte, die in den USA genutzt werden
          Which German word is not commonly used in the USA?




          Quick facts

          participated in the 58th presidential election in the USA 


          participated in the election to the 19th German Bundestag 

          20.4 million

          are enrolled in the USA 

          2.8 million

          are enrolled in Germany 

          Brian S. Mitchell

          „Professional and personal relationship“

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          Shared history


          Away to a new world: German immigrants play a significant role in the history of the USA.

          The World Wars

          Two devastating wars that changed the course of history. The USA played a significant role in the Allies’ victory.

          Post-war period

          After the Second World War, the USA assumed a decisive role in Germany’s reconstruction.


          A historical milestone: The world grew a little bit closer together when the Berlin Wall came down.

          Present and future

          Germany and the USA are transatlantic friends; they share many values, but do not always agree on everything.

          EUlogy of Defense

          No longer able to rely on America’s military leadership, the EU is harmonizing its military capabilities and facilities.

          Earn while you learn

          The US Department of Labor has designated Charleston a national model region for the advancement of vocational training based on the German apprenticeship system.

          We believe in German-American friendship

          Our countries are united through deep historical ties, shared values, and bold visions for the future. Join us for a year-long festival celebrating our transatlantic partnership through dialogue, experience, and exchange. #Wunderbartogether

          The future of fahrvergnügen

          The automotive industry is facing major challenges around the world. German carmakers have more to lose than most and are thus investing a great deal in securing its future.

          Not without America

          Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference explains why Europe must become more independent, yet cannot forgo its alliance with the US.