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Germany - Relations with U.S. (Notes)


U.S.-GERMAN RELATIONS
U.S.-German relations have been a focal point of American involvement in Europe since the end of World War II. Germany stands at the center of European affairs and is a key partner in U.S. relations with Europeans in NATO and the European Union.

German-American ties extend back to the colonial era. More than 7 million Germans have immigrated over the last three centuries, and today nearly a quarter of U.S. citizens claim German ancestry. In recognition of this heritage and the importance of modern-day U.S.-German ties, the U.S. President annually has proclaimed October 6, the date the first German immigrants arrived in 1623, to be 'German-American Day.'

U.S. policy toward Germany remains the preservation and consolidation of a close and vital relationship with Germany, not only as friends and trading partners, but also as allies sharing common institutions. During the 45 years in which Germany was divided, the U.S. role in Berlin and the large American military presence in West Germany served as symbols of the U.S. commitment to preserving peace and security in Europe. Since German unification, the U.S. commitment to these goals has not changed. The U.S. made significant reductions in its troop levels in Germany after the Cold War ended, and, on July 12, 1994, President Clinton 'cased the colors' at the Berlin Brigade's deactivation ceremony. The U.S., however, continues to recognize that the security and prosperity of the United States and Germany significantly depend on each other.

As allies in NATO, the United States and Germany work side by side to maintain peace and freedom. This unity and resolve made possible the successful conclusion of the 1987 U.S.-U.S.S.R. Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the Two-plus-Four process--which led to the Final Settlement Treaty--and the November 1990 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty.

More recently, the two allies have cooperated closely in peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans and have worked together to encourage the evolution of open and democratic states throughout central and eastern Europe. Germany is also a strong contributor to our common effort to secure peace and stability in Afghanistan, contributing almost 3,000 troops to the NATO ISAF mission.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, Germany has been a reliable U.S. ally in the campaign against terrorism. As two of the world's leading trading nations, the United States and Germany share a common, deep-seated commitment to an open and expanding world economy. Personal ties between the United States and Germany extend beyond immigration to include intensive foreign exchange programs, booming tourism in both directions, and the presence in Germany of large numbers of American military personnel and their dependents.

The United States and Germany have built a solid foundation of bilateral cooperation in a relationship that has changed significantly over nearly six decades. The historic unification of Germany and the role the United States played in that process have served to strengthen ties between the two countries.

German-American political, economic, and security relationships continue to be based on close consultation and coordination at the most senior levels. High-level visits take place frequently, and the United States and Germany cooperate actively in international forums.

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials
Ambassador--William R. Timken, Jr.
Deputy Chief of Mission--John M. Koenig
Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs--George F. Ruffner
Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs--David C. Stewart
Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs--Robert A. Pollard (arrival August 2007)
Minister-Counselor for Management--Jay N. Anania
Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs--John K. Bauman
Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs--Helena Finn (arrival August 2007)
Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation--Col. Dan J. Stiver
Defense Attaché--Col. David L. Allwine

Consuls General
Consulate General, Dusseldorf--Matthew G. Boyse
Consulate General, Frankfurt--Jo Ellen Powell
Consulate General, Hamburg--Duane C. Butcher
Consulate General, Leipzig--Mark D. Scheland
Consulate General, Munich--Eric G. Nelson

The U.S. Embassy in Germany is located at Neustaedtische Kirchstrasse 4-5 10117 Berlin.

To call the Embassy, the country code for Germany is 49, the city code for Berlin is 30 (030 within Germany): tel: (49 30) 238-5174; fax (49 30) 238-6290. Consulates General are located in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich. Mission Germany maintains an informative web site at: http://berlin.usembassy.gov/.


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