"What brings Europeans and Americans closer together
and keeps them close
is a common basis for shared values,
is a common idea of the individual and his inviolable dignity,
is a common understanding of freedom and responsibility."
- Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
The United States is Germany's closest ally outside Europe. By working together, we can address today's toughest global challenges. If we all Think Transatlantic, we can promote peace, prosperity and security across the planet.
Two dozen students from across the United States presented their best ideas on how to foster the transatlantic partnership and shared their vision of the future of transatlantic relations in the Think Transatlantic National Finals held in Washington, DC on March 4.
During the Fall 2012 semester students at 30 colleges and universities across the United States took part in the Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks.
The transatlantic partnership is a basic axiom in German foreign policy. It is no longer merely a matter of security issues, the whole spectrum of global challenges is now the subject of German-US cooperation.
There have to be joint efforts to tackle global challenges; Germany is committed to supporting peace, human rights, freedom, justice and devolopment in the framework of international organizations.
Germans and Americans share a common past and a common purpose dating back to 1608, when the first Germans arrived at the English settlement of Jamestown.
The German-American story spans several centuries, from the early, large-scale immigration of Germans to the fledgling United States until the solid transatlantic partnership between both countries today.
To find out more about how to Think Transatlantic, check out some of these institutions which provide all kinds of great information in English on transatlantic and German-American relations.
(© Deutsche Welle (DW))
Transatlantic Ties Policy Debate
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle hosted a live televised debate on the state of "Transatlantic Ties" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on May 29, 2012. Senator Tom Daschle and former German Secretary of Defense Volker Rühe were joined by foreign policy expert Helga Flores Trejo and Republican Party strategist Soren Dayton to discuss the future of the Transatlantic Relationship.