Over the last seven decades the German-American relationship has become one of the most important cornerstones in international affairs and diplomacy. The successful implementation of the Marshall-Plan, as well as the vital role of the United States in the German reunification, has created an atmosphere of mutual transatlantic trust, and respect, between two countries that share the democratic values of a free world. However, post-millennial divergence of opinion over military interventions, as well as the more recent wiretapping of German Chancellor Merkel, has repeatedly raised broad public criticism of America in Germany, and calls into question continued faith in a sincerely established friendship founded on equal terms. Nevertheless, during the terms of Obama’s Presidency, Germany, also representing a mostly unified Europe, has frequently been addressed as the most indispensable and reliable partner to the United States.
A new chapter of German-American relations has recently begun with the inauguration of the 45th President on January 20th. With media institutions being subjected to generalized and random criticism by President Trump, we ask very distinguished German and American journalists, with diverse backgrounds, to evaluate the first weeks of his administration, and to share their analysis on the future of the German-American relationship. The panel will point out President Trump’s political agenda, discuss how he strategically pursues it, and how he might alter the political landscape in Washington D.C. Expected changes in national and international policies will be reviewed with regard to their short- and long-term implications for the transatlantic relationship. After an election campaign based on populist and provocative statements it will be debated how this successful approach might influence upcoming elections in Germany. Finally, the panel will discuss how the next four years of Trump’s Presidency might change the anticipated image of the US in Germany for future generations.