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Germany and US 'benefit from closer ties'

The Local · 1 Jul 2012, 13:40

Published: 01 Jul 2012 13:40 GMT+02:00

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"We could better develop our economies, stimulate growth, more jobs, if we didn't have so many obstacles in our talks," Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.

The chancellor was speaking on the 60th anniversary of Germany's Atlantic Bridge association, which aims to promote trade, military and educational relations between Washington and Berlin.

The organisation called for "a greater collaboration" between the two countries in the field of technology.

The relationship between the two countries was "a pillar of German politics and will remain so in the future," said Merkel.

“Politically we have a close relationship. We have a great responsibility to the world. We fight for human rights together."

But the two nations still had great differences of opinion, Merkel added, particularly on the issue of climate change where "Germany could be an example" to the US.

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15:04 July 1, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Germany and their press can only accept one political party in the USA. How can two countries have any sort of lasing relationship, if the press and politicians portray one party the Devil and the other party as Jesus H. Christ? Its not going to happen. Especially that now, their current Jesus H. Christ is going to be thrown from the WH by his ear.

Besides, another solar panel company just went bankrupt. Oh, but they were buying all their components from Germany.
15:16 July 1, 2012 by Englishted

Don't think he will be thrown out ,but we in Europe see the antics of the Tea Party as a wing of the "devil's " party and rather unsurprisingly we hope they don't get in power.

Before everyone jumps down my throat maybe it should be I in Europe as I can only comment for a personal perspective.
15:41 July 1, 2012 by MrPC
That is the most vapid and meaningless statement I've ever read about international ties. Anyone here not for closer ties and managing differences with anyone?
15:50 July 1, 2012 by belladons

My friend, I support your posting. The tea party, in my view, is the devil¦#39;s party.

I am German American and Lord I love Germany. I understand German history; the battles, wars, economics, society, culture, and you name it. I am proud of my German ancestry and can only feel the love for what many of our family members, and countless others, went through in order to be a productive and well structured German nation in its current form.

I love German technology, German morals and values, etc including the pro-nationalism of the German nation.

I know numerous German citizens live in the U.S. and U.S. citizens live in Germany. Talking to many U.S. citizens who live in Germany, they love most things about Germany. I, in my humbling opinion, believe Germany is a second America (What America should be), and our relationship with one another will always be especially in the political government arena.

Besides the U.S., "Deutschland wird immer in meinem Herzen sein, bis zu meinem tod."
16:43 July 1, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Yes, I agree.

The way the Tea Party presents itself is just like the devil. What, with all the rapes and other crimes going on within their encampments. The property damage, the disrespect for civil servants and private citizen alike trying to make a living. The screaming and name calling of gay slurs about... a hot beverage? Yes, that Tea Party is a joke.

Now, Occupy Wall ST. is the Shining City on the Hill, right?
19:24 July 1, 2012 by PNWDev
@Englishted: Yes, and yours is a very selective and limited, media-influenced perspective. I find it strange that on a weekend where we learn UEFA stages women crying about Germanys loss in order to manipulate a pre-determined perspective, you cannot connect the dots and realize just how the Tea Party has been framed to Europeans through the same set of lenses.

Disagreeing with their political philosophy is perfectly acceptable, but calling them the devil is also perfectly ignorant.

Have you been to a Tea Party rally? Gone to a pub on a Friday night with a Tea Party supporter?

@belladons: Who will you blame when you are insolvent and there is no one able to bail you out? My advice to you is to go find an Occupy Wall Street camp where you will be perfectly safe as long as you are not a female, have a gun, and bring nothing of value with you. After all, everything should be free because we all deserve everything everyone else owns and someone else should always have to pay for it.
20:37 July 1, 2012 by realist1961
The Tea Party is being vilified by liberals and the liberal press because the Tea Party would like people to be able to enjoy the fruits of their intellectual and physical labor. They want taxes to be spent on those things that benefit everyone, and do not want the majority electorate voting themselves personal benefits at the expense of the minority tax payer. They do not ascribe to the belief of "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs", which is why they are not liked in the more "socialist" countries and by those in the U.S. who are pushing a socialist agenda. As with any group, there are going to be a few people who represent the group poorly, and it is much easier to vilify the entire group by these examples rather than by an intellectual discussion on the merits of their beliefs.
22:40 July 1, 2012 by Bigfoot76
The Tea Party is no more the Devil than any other party in the US. At the same time, they are no less the Devil either. Politics is a dirty game. If there is someone getting in the way of what you want to do, you get rid of them even if it means siding with the "enemy" so to speak.

The Tea Party has the ability to alter and affect what happens in politics in the US. The Dems and Reps enjoyed the head to head battles much more than they do these battles with 3 different parties.

But all this aside, does anyone really want to be closer to the US? Does anyone one actually think that is possible? The United States is not an ally really, more like the older brother who uses you to get what he wants.
22:55 July 1, 2012 by Leo Strauss
The Chimp.- O-Bombe - Mittens `magic underwear` Romney and nothing changes. O-Bombe has enhanced and built upon all of Bush`s foreign policy/police state policies while giving Wall St. everything it wants and so will Romney. Romney practically wrote O-Bombe care while Gov. of Mass., so what are they going to debate about there?

Will Obama hang on for another term? Tough call with all of the scandals. Even the most brain-dead Obamabots are disappointed with him. But Mittens... a wealthy financier and a mormon....? He has received the nod from Henry the K. though. On the other hand, I`ve heard that Obama`s October surprise could be the legalization of dope. For real. X) That could put him over the top. Yes we Cannabis.


I`m with you here, the mainstream media has become one big cesspool of a PSYOP, in my opinion. When politicians like Merkel can get away with saying `We fight for human rights together` then we know what kind of media whores we are dealing with. Worse than Pravda back in the day, when people at least understood they were being lied to. If one doesn`t view these sources of `information` like N24 and ARD with skepticism then one is lost.

Does anyone in Germany even know that the original Tea Party was a grass-roots, single-issue protest movement about one thing: reigning in the totally out of control spending of the Federal Government and thus reducing taxes. Period. You think German elites want people here to catch on to that?

Sadly and predictably, It didn`t take very long for the original core movement to be overrun by the `God-Gays-Guns` fringe, the GOP party hacks and the astro-turf operatives of the Koch Bros. Game over. A real movement co-opted back into the Republi-Con fold.

The truth is that both the Republi Cons and the Demo Rats both wanted to see the Tea Party neutralized. These Kleptocrats are not about tax reduction.

Let`s just be happy with all of the cool Americans who have left the Slave Ship for Germany, but keep the Evil Empire at arm`s length.
23:02 July 1, 2012 by IchBinKönig
@ Leo Strauss

'The Chimp.- O-Bombe - Mittens `magic underwear` Romney'

you're a racist and a Bigot? SO nice to see those 'Off the Slave Ship' have found enlightenment.
05:47 July 2, 2012 by belladons

Sorry my friend, but I am not an ¦quot;Occupy Wall Street¦quot; kind of kind. I¦#39;ve worked my bottom off to get where I¦#39;m at today. I am not entitled, but I do side with you about the media.

My posted statement about U.S. and Germany relations still holds true. Although every political party within world governments have their issues to deal with, I still believe U.S. and Germany relations will remain tight as ever.

Lastly, I do not support the ¦quot;Tea Party¦quot; as I only support self determination. With that said, regardless of the ways and means of government, I will continue to work hard for my way of life, pay my taxes, and always strive to correct, what I perceive, the wrong into the right.
07:02 July 2, 2012 by Leo Strauss

`you're a racist and a Bigot? SO nice to see those 'Off the Slave Ship' have found enlightenment.`

I wrote:

`The Chimp.- O-Bombe - Mittens `magic underwear` Romney``

with hyphens meaning

Bush Jr. - Obama - Romney

Are you insinuating that I am demonstrating racism against chimpanzees by comparing them to Bush? :) OK, you got me.

And yes, the US is a Slave Ship. Not a sideswipe at Obama but a comment on how tough it has been over the last TEN years for working people holding down 2-3 jobs and still not making it.

Dude, I don`t have a dog in that fight. They are all just puppets.
12:02 July 2, 2012 by insight101

What are German morals? Your ex-president was corrupt, your current president has been living in an adulterous relationship for years even though he is the pastor of a church (maybe Jesus made a special rule for the Protestants in Germany), your previous defense minister plagiarized his "Doktorarbeit" thesis, your foreign minister is gay (which whether you tolerate it or not one has to admit is not natural), it has been on the Local that a 30 something year old religion teacher had sex numerous times with a 14 year old student in the school where he worked, but the court let me go free and continue to work as a teacher, German parents invite teenager boyfriends and girlfriends over for sleepovers with their children...That's for starters the reason I am having a hard time spotting the morals you are referring to. Don't get me wrong-I wouldn't necessarily say Americans are more moral, but I regularly see the need to question the Germans perception of their country as superior to others.
19:57 July 2, 2012 by Englishted

Strange as it may seem no

"Have you been to a Tea Party rally? Gone to a pub on a Friday night with a Tea Party supporter? "

Because there are so few of them living in my small German town.

But I know a little history and know what the "Boston Tea Party "was about and it was nothing like what the new party would have you believe.

I have only seen them on T.V. and you tube and that my friend is as close as I want .
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