The New Germany, S03E03: Germany and the US: Cowboys and Keynesians

Geschichte ist Gegenwart! Der History & Politics Podcast der Körber-Stiftung

  • History
  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • International Understanding
  • 51 min.
  • 67. episode

Season 3, episode 3 of our six-part series The New Germany, with historian Katja Hoyer and journalist Oliver Moody, explores the German-American partnership and its deep historical roots. In particular, Germany's integration into the West after the Second World War and the joint defense against threats during the Cold War led to close political cooperation. In recent years, however, this seems to have been put to the test. What values characterize the relationship between Germany and the US? What challenges and changes have transatlantic relations faced so far? To what extent has cooperation changed given the global power struggle in the 21st century?

Guest: Ben Hodges, Former Commanding General of the US Army Europe

What is the state of German democracy 100 years after the first crisis of the Weimar Republic? Is German democracy better able to deal with crises and problems today? What experiences and lessons has Germany learned under different chancellors? And how has German democracy dealt with extremism in society? Our popular special series returns for Season 3.

As hosts, historian Katja Hoyer and journalist Oliver Moody set out to find some answers. Together with their expert guests, they are looking into Germany's past and present to see what the future might hold for Europe's largest democracy.

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“The reason why I always thought of Germany as our most important ally was not only because of the historical ties and the geographic location, but also the moral authority that Germany has earned since the end of the war. I mean no country has done more to try to tone for its historical past than has Germany. Maybe even to excess, but that has given you a chance and accumulated moral authority that should be used.”

Ben Hodges

Former Commanding General of US Army Europe

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