Hessischer Rundfunk Interviews ASL


Hessischer Rundfunk Interviews ASL

25 June 2009
Hessian Public Radio (Hessischer Rundfunk) interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the pending trip by Chancellor Merkel to Washington DC. HR is the largest radio provider of news in the state of Hessia, which includes the city of Frankfurt.
Moderator Stepfanie Pütz asked Crister Garrett about the working climate between the Chancellor and President Obama, what themes would be discussed, and the general state of German-American relations.
Garrett replied that Merkel and Obama have an open and constructive relationship, and share similarities in their political personalities (both outsiders, both analytical, both willing to deal with the messiness of complex issues). Both sides understand that there are limits to what kinds of concessions can be made (on Afghanistan, for example, or environmental policy). In general, relations between the two countries are solid and there is no doubt that both countries need each other to pursue their international interests.