Think Transatlantic

"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.


Think Transatlantic Winner Describes her Trip to Bavaria as a "Surreal" Experience

Meliza Trimidal, a senior at the University of San Diego, won a trip to Germany at the 2013 Think Transatlantic National Finals in Washington, D.C. Here, she blogs about her experience traveling through Bavaria last fall.

Think Transatlantic National Finals

American Students Argue Transatlantic Relations at Think Transatlantic National Finals in Washington

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.

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Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks

During the Fall 2012 semester students at 30 colleges and universities across the United States took part in the Think Transatlantic Campus Weeks.

Transatlantic Relations

German-US Relations

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.

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International Organizations

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.

A Bavarian-style couple were all smiles at the German-American Steuben Parade of New York in September 2009.

Evolution of a Friendship

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.

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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.

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Further Resources

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.

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.

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Chancellor Merkel Video: “We Need to Make Sure Our Ties Remain Close”

Chancellor Merkel's Weekly Podcast

In her weekly podcast ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Atlantik-Brücke association in Berlin, Chancellor Merkel spoke about the need to foster even more connections between Germans and Americans.

Obama: Germany is One of America's Strongest Allies

Arrival Ceremony with Military Honors

Germany is one of the United States' strongest allies, President Barack Obama said on June 7, 2011 during Chancellor Angela Merkel's official visit to Washington, DC.

Video: Ambassador Ammon on 60 Years of German-US Relations

Dr. Peter Ammon

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Atlantik-Brücke invited Ambassador Peter Ammon, along with 13 other leaders in the transatlantic relationship, to personally reflect upon the changing nature of said relationship in the last 60 years.