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Deutschland und Amerika verbindet eine wichtige Partnerschaft. Es reicht aber nicht aus, nur die transatlantische Erfolgsgeschichte zu beschwören. Ein Gastbeitrag von John B. Emerson and Sigmar Gabriel Der 30. Jahrestag der Deutschen Einheit hat uns auch daran erinnert, wie wichtig die deutsch-amerikanische Partnerschaft war und ist. Denn ohne das Vertrauen der Vereinigten Staaten wäre die Skepsis vieler unserer europäischen Nachbarn vermutlich nicht oder nur weit schwieriger zu überwinden gewesen. Wie in jeder Beziehung gab es Höhen und Tiefen. Unsere enge Bindung beruht aber nicht nur auf Geschichte und Sentimentalität: Wir verfolgen gemeinsame Interessen und Ziele und stehen für dieselben Werte. Unsere Verfassungen beruhen auf der Überzeugung, dass alle Menschen frei und gleich sind und dass dieses Recht auf Freiheit und Selbstverwirklichung unveräußerlich ist. Freie Wahlen,...

In Memoriam: ACG Director Emeritus Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft

The American Council on Germany is deeply saddened by the passing of Director Emeritus Brent Scowcroft, a force in U.S. foreign policy for four decades who served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. He was the only National Security Advisor to serve two different administrations, and he was instrumental in the United States’ role in the unification of Germany. He was 95. Lieutenant General Scowcroft was an ACG Board member for well over a decade and was then named Director Emeritus. One of the country’s leading experts on international policy, he was a guiding hand in President Bush’s policy regarding German unification. He helped President Bush craft a speech in 1989 that gave a pivotal signal in...

Standing United in an Unprecedented Time

We are at a very precarious moment in our history. The unconscionable killing of George Floyd almost two weeks ago has sparked the worst nationwide racial upheaval in 50 years. It has unleashed deep-rooted anger and pain over the longstanding racial injustice in our country. The current charged environment serves as a call to action. While the news has been dominated by reports about unacceptable violence instigated by a variety of actors, it is heartening to see so many people of different colors and faiths coming together (notwithstanding concerns about social distancing) to march peacefully for change, as well as police officers in some communities taking a knee with protesters in common cause. The civil rights crisis playing out in communities across the country is just...

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII

Ambassador Christoph Heusgen In spring 1945, American troops liberated my hometown, Neuss, Germany, from the Nazis. Later, Neuss became part of the British zone, and they worked together with local citizens to organize post-war life. This did not occur in a vacuum – by the time the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in 1949, the German government was working closely with allies, building a liberal, democratic state and, above all, integrating into an international system that was swiftly becoming robust and was centered on multilateral institutions like the European Union, NATO and the United Nations. As we mark the 75th anniversary of this liberation, we face an unprecedented global crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the current pandemic the greatest challenge since World War II....

In Memoriam: Former ACG President Dr. Richard M. Hunt

It is with deep sadness that the American Council on Germany announces the passing of ACG Vice Chairman Dr. Richard M. Hunt, the longest-serving President of the ACG and longtime Marshal at Harvard University, who was a driving force and an ardent supporter of the Council for 50 years. His dogged dedication to the ACG’s mission, his wise counsel, his keen knowledge of German-American relations, his faith in younger generations, and his warm, unassuming manner will be sorely missed. Rick Hunt was deeply committed to strengthening ties, building trust, and fostering mutual understanding between Germany and the United States. He gave exceptional support to the American Council on Germany, including through the Roy M. Hunt Foundation, named after his father, who had served as Alcoa President for...
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