Ambassador John B. Emerson was elected as Chairman of the American Council on Germany on January 17, 2018. Q: What first made you become interested in Germany? A: My grandmother was born in the U.S. to German immigrants. German was her first language, and she often spoke it with my dad. I mentioned in my confirmation hearing that I studied German starting in seventh grade because I wanted to know what they were talking about. Actually, it was also because I was interested in science, and my parents and grandmother were clear that German was the language of scientific research. As I got older, I also was fascinated, and troubled, by how such a civilized and educated society could have permitted the rise of National Socialism—and the atrocities that brought about. This, I know, is a question many Germans...
On December 14, the ACG hosted a Hot Topics Call with Jacob Poushter, Senior Researcher from Pew Research Center, on how Germans and Americans view their countries relationship. Listen here
On November 30, the ACG, Deutsches Haus at NYU, and NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies hosted a panel discussion on the end of "Jamaica" coalition talks. The discussion was recorded. Listen here
On November 21, Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt, ACG Chairman, appeared on Bloomberg News to discuss the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prospect of forming a new coalition government. Watch here
On Monday, November 20, ACG President Dr. Steven E. Sokol appeared on CNBC to discuss the breakdown of coalition negotiations in Germany. Watch here