"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.
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.
German foreign policy is a policy for peace. This principle is a central part of all the activities of the Federal Foreign Office. Specific examples include Germany’s engagement in the United Nations and the OSCE, in the areas of global disarmament and crisis prevention.
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.