United States of America: bilateral relations to Germany United States of America

14.09.2021 - Article

Germany and the United States of America are bound by a close friendship based on historical ties, shared experiences, values and interests.

Close transatlantic coordination remains just as important as in decades past for maintaining peace and security in Europe and around the world. The US is a crucial partner when it comes to overcoming the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing global challenges such as climate change and strengthening the multilateral order.

The transatlantic security community within the framework of NATO and the approximately 34,000 US troops stationed in Germany help to ensure Europe’s security.

Close economic relations, too, create jobs in and foster exchange between the two countries. The United States was the biggest buyer of German exports in 2020, and Germany is the United States’ most important trading partner in Europe. In terms of the total volume of trade in goods, the United States is Germany’s third biggest bilateral trading partner (after China and the Netherlands). German companies are the fourth largest foreign employer in the United States, providing a total of just under 700,000 jobs.

Cultural relations between the US and Germany are diverse and encompass a broad spectrum of exchange programmes and private initiatives. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people cross the Atlantic – not least as participants in exchange programmes, students or tourists. Germany remains one of the most popular destinations for students from the United States. The more than 200 German-American town twinning arrangements are another key part of cultural exchange.

The Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19, organised by the Federal Foreign Office in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut and the Federation of German Industries under the motto “Wunderbar Together” is an example of Germany’s successful cultural and public relations activities in the United States. The initiative reached people in all 50 states, with the aid of more than 1500 events.

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The transatlantic partnership is a basic pillar of German foreign policy. It is no longer merely a matter of security issues. The spectrum of global challenges – from climate protection through the international financial architecture to the identification of the human genome – is now the subject of cooperation. 

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