Transatlantic relations


Alongside European integration, the transatlantic partnership is the most important pillar of German foreign policy. The United States and Canada are among Germany’s closest allies outside Europe.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco© dpa / picture-alliance
Relations with the United States and Canada are based on common values and a shared history. The foundations are formed by the traditionally close cultural, societal, political and economic links, but also common interests, for example the promotion of peace, stability and security, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Together with its transatlantic partners, Germany successfully advocates for these issues worldwide. Germany is further linked with the United States and Canada through their active role in international bodies and their coordinated work to protect and strengthen the rules‑based international order.

Crucial for global order and security

Transatlantic cooperation is and will remain a key factor for global order and stability, not least in times of crisis. Against this backdrop, we welcome for example the United States’ return to the Paris Climate Agreement and efforts to combat the pandemic. Transatlantic relations are characterised by broad agreement on foreign and security policy issues, as well as constructive dialogue to resolve existing differences, for example regarding punitive tariffs. There are opportunities to further step up cooperation in fields such as regional security policy, but also global human rights policy, global fair taxation, as well as regulating and setting standards for new technologies.

Diverse societal ties

How close transatlantic relations are is clear also from the multitude of societal and cultural contacts between Germany and the United States and Germany and Canada. There is a long tradition reaching back to the 1950s of exchange programmes for pupils and students, researchers, artists and athletes. These programmes are among the best-used of all the exchanges. In addition, New York State in particular is a focal point for the promotion of Jewish culture and for cooperation with Jewish organisations.

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