MDR Journal Interviews ASL About German-American Relations

The leading radio news program for central Germany, MDR Journal, interviewed American Studies Leipzig on 7 November 2007 about the impending visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel to the United States, and what the symbolism of a visit to the presidential ranch in Texas can mean for German-American relations.

The visit by the head of the German government comes on the heels of the closely followed visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the United States and his symbolic visit to Mount Vernon, the birthplace of George Washington. Professor Crister Garrett noted that such symbolism, whether to a ranch or a “shrine” of American political traditions such as Mt. Vernon, hardly changes the content of politics substantially, but are important signs that bilateral ties are functionally well, if not very well, and in the case of German-American and Franco-American relations, this has not always been the case in the recent past.

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