What is the most American place

Frankfurt the most American city in Germany

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1 Uwe Becker Frankfurt the most American city in Germany We are at the beginning of an eventful year with great challenges and important decisions in and for German-American relations. It is an election year. The US president will be elected on November 6th. The Republican Primaries are currently running Will Mitt Romney become Obama's challenger? This is followed by the question of how German-American relations will develop further. After the Second World War, it was the United States that promoted the reconstruction of our country and the strong transatlantic axis was one of the prerequisites for West Germany to be able to develop its democratic and constitutional structures in peace and freedom and to become a stable partner in the Could establish a global community. During the time of the Soviet blockade, the Berlin Airlift was the greatest humanitarian operation in history, just a few months after the end of a terrible war that had started on German soil. In the airlift, American soldiers risked and sacrificed their lives for the future of their former enemy and for the freedom of Europe. I am grateful for the (in the meantime multiple) visits from Mr. Gail Halvorsen, the inventor of the chocolate parachutes that were thrown from the candy bombers and who gave this humanitarian form of aid and thus the beginnings of German-American friendship a very human one Has given face. The Marshall Plan was a gigantic economic recovery program valued at over $ 13 billion to help those in need

2 and starving populations and curb communism and the influence of the Soviet Union. The fact that a future sales market emerged, as it were, strengthened the economic relationships with one another early on. With the support of the USA and in close partnership, Germany has become the core and engine of the European unification process. With the confidence of the Americans in particular after reunification, we have taken on this role for a united Europe that has grown bigger and bigger. We know that without the US trust in modern, democratic Germany, we would never have achieved reunification, and these are presidents like Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. to a large extent. The world has become more complex since the end of the Cold War. After the confrontation between East and West, which made the rules of the game simple, many multilateral connections, partnerships and dependencies emerged. New global centers of power are opening up with a view to China. New economic centers are developing with a view to India, Asia and South America, after in 2010 Asia with 16% was the second most important sales market for German goods after the European domestic market, ahead of the USA with 10%. Even if the lines of sight may shift and increase as a result, we must pay even more attention to the foundation of a transatlantic partnership that is also designed in terms of values ​​and standards. Germans and Americans have in fact much more in common than an interest in good economic, political or cultural relationships. We share common values ​​of freedom, equality, democracy and the rule of law, which are far from missing in many countries around the world. Terms such as the Enlightenment, the American Constitution, the French Revolution and the March Revolution in Germany weave a bond that has historically held Europe and the USA together more firmly than any economic or trade treaty. That is why German politicians are well advised to orient their compass accordingly and not as once, a few years ago, when there was only talk of the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis. That time is behind us and the disruptions at that time (effect on Poland / USA) have been overcome. With the award of the Freedom Medal to Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel was given the special role again last year

3 of German-American relations underlined ... Germany is a reliable partner in terms of security policy. At the same time, however, the American president also knows about the importance of Germany: In economic issues, for example with a view to the export market Germany and German companies that create jobs in the USA. And other topics, such as climate protection, will be on the joint agenda in the coming years. Together with France, Germany continues to be the driving force behind the European unification process, as it is now in its commitment to European cohesion despite all the difficulties arising from the economic and financial crisis and the current sovereign debt crisis. Here, too, applies to Europe that the EURO is more than a common means of payment, it is part of the common understanding of a Europe that is also held together by values ​​and ideals. We also need a strong and united Europe for the future. From such a strong European position we do not need to worry about the transatlantic relationship, but we need to worry about it, take care of it! At all levels! In Frankfurt too! Frankfurt is a traditional trade and trade fair city. Located on the Main and traversed by the most important traffic routes, our city has always been a place of international encounters and, due to the large number of over 170 nations that live here together, is one of the most international cities in Europe. This traditional cosmopolitanism also shapes the cosmopolitan, liberal and tolerant character of Frankfurt, which is also characteristic of the large North American metropolises. In connection with the diverse links between Frankfurt and the United States of America and because of the skyline that is architecturally unique in Germany, Frankfurt is often referred to as the most American city in Germany. And Frankfurt is proud of its special role in German-American relations over the past decades. After the end of the Second World War, Frankfurt was the seat of the US military administration. Later, Frankfurt was the seat of the United States Army's V Corps and the Rhein-Main Airbase was the gateway to Europe for many American soldiers for decades. Today Frankfurt is home to the world's largest consulate general of the

4 United States and numerous US companies are based in the Main metropolis. In addition to the skyline, however, it is above all the cultural influences, such as jazz, that, at the beginning of the post-war period, laid the basis for the two countries to grow closer together, fostered mutual interest and laid the foundation for the very good relationships that are today have laid. This German-American friendship, which plays a special role for Frankfurt, is what the city would like to continue to strengthen and pass on to future generations. Against this background, Frankfurt and the Consulate General of the United States launched the “UnderstandinG” friendship program a few years ago and, on my initiative, also introduced October 6th as the official German-American Friendship Day in Frankfurt. With our program “Understanding” we are targeting the younger generation and want to pass on the German-American friendship to future generations and strengthen the mutual understanding of Germans and Americans for one another. (Excerpt from the speech of the City Treasurer, Mr. Uwe Becker, at the New Year's Reception of the Steuben-Schurz-Gesellschaft 2012.) City Treasurer Uwe Becker, Head of Finance, Investments, Region Frankfurt RheinMain and Churches City of Frankfurt am Main Paulsplatz 9, D Frankfurt am Main Fon: +49 (0) Fax: +49 (0)

5 Uwe Becker Frankfurt the most American city of Germany This promises tob e an eventful year with major challenges and important decisions in and for German-American relations. We have the election year on November 6th, the President will be elected in the United States. The Republican challenger is Governor Mitt Romney, selected after a long party primary campaign. Once this is decided how will the German-American relations continue to develop? After World War II, it was the United States which promoted the reconstruction of our country. The strong transatlantic axis was one of the main reasons that Western Germany could form its democratic and constitutional structures in peace and freedom, and has established itself as a stable partner in the world community. The Berlin airlift, forced by the Soviet blockade, was the lar-gest humanitarian action of history, and this was only a few months after the end of a terrible war that had started from German soil. During the airlift, American soldiers risked and sacrificed their lives for the future of their former enemy and for Europe's freedom. I am grateful for the (now multiple) visits by Mr. Gail Halvorsen, the inventor of the candy parachutes which were dropped from the so-called "candy bombers", and which gave a human face to this form of aid, and thus having been the beginning of the German-American friendship. A.

6 memorial to the Berlin Airlift is located here at Frankfurt s airport, the Western end of the airlift. The Anerican Marshall plan was a gigantic economic reconstruction program amounting to more than $ 13 billion, designed to bring aid to the distressed an hungery people and curb communism and the influence of the Soviet Union. At the same time emerged a future market, which early confirmed the economic relationships between the two countries. With the support of the United States and in close partnership, Germany has become the core and engine of the European integration. Trusting the Americans after reunification we Germans have now taken on this role for a united Europe that grew and is still growing. We know that without the confidence of the United States in the modern and democratic Germany we would never have achieved our reunification. This happened to a great extend under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. Since the end of the cold war, the world has become more complex. After the confrontation of East and West, which previously made the basic rules often he game, many multilateral connections, partnerships, and dependencies developed. New global power centers are focused on China. New economic centers evole in India, Asia and South America. As of 2012 Asia with 16% had become the second most important sales market for German goods after the single European market and before the United States with 10%. As this also shifts and expands view points, so we must pay clos attention.but look closely at the foudation of a transatlantic partnership.based especially on our values ​​Indeed, much more connects Germans and Americans than the interest in just good economic, political or cultural relations. We share the common values ​​of freedom, equality, democracy and rule of law. Which are still missing in many countries of this world. Terms such as Enlightenment, American Constitution, French Revolution and the March Revolution in Germany weave together a band bin-ding together Europe and the United States than any economic

7 or commercial contract. With the award of the Medal of Freedom to Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, the special role of German-American relations was highlighted again. Germany is a reliable security partner. The American President also knows the importance of Germany. When it comes to economic issues, exporting to Germany, and German companies that create jobs in the United States, and other issues such as climate change, all are on the transatlantic agenda in the coming years. Germany, together with France, continues to be the driving force of European integration, even now in their commitment to Europe's cohesion in all the difficulties arising from the economic and financial crisis plus the current state debt crisis. This applies to Europe, since the Euro is more than a common currency: it i spart of a communal understanding of Europe, also held together by values. And in the future we also need a strong and united Europe. From such a strong European position we need not worry about the transatlantic relationship, but we must solidify them, take care of them! At all levels! So in Frankfurt! Fankfurt is a traditional trade fair site. Located on the main river and the center of main transport routes, our city has always been a venue for international meetings and due tot he more than 170 nationalities that live here one of the most international cities of Europe. This traditional cosmopolitan open mindedness also shapes the cosmopolitan, liberal and tolerant character of Frankfurt, which is also a feature of the major North American cities. In line with the many links of Frankfurt tot he United States of America, and due to our skyline, architecturally unique in Germany, Frankfurt i soften called the most American city of Germany. Frankfurt is proud of its special role in German-American relations over the past few decades. Frankfurt was the seat of the US military administration after the end of World War II, and later the base of the V. Corps of the US Army. Plus the Rhein-Main Airbase, for many American soldiers their gateway to Europe, was here for decades.

8 Today Frankfurt is home to the world's largest US Consulate General, and many US companies have their headquarters in the Main metropolis. Beside the skyline, there is also the cultural influence, for example jazz, which at the beginning often he post-war period helped bring together both countries. American culture also promoted mutual interests, and laid the foundations to the very good personal relations, in addition to our political approach. This German-American friendship, which plays a special role in Frankfurt, should be strengthened and passed on to future generations. Against this background, a few years ago, Frankfurt launched the friendship program "understanding", together with the General Consulate of the United States, and on my initiative the 6 October has been introduced as the official German-American friendship day in Frankfurt .. With our "understanding" program we connected with the younger generation and want to pass this on to future generations to solidify the German-American friendship and the mutual understanding for each other. (Extract of the speech of the Stadtkämmerer Mr. Uwe Becker held on the occasion of the New Years reception 2012 of the Steuben-Schurz Society in Frankfurt) Stadtkämmerer Uwe Becker Head of Finance, Investments, Region Frankfurt RheinMain and Churches City of Frankfurt am Main Paulsplatz 9, D Frankfurt am Main Fon: +49 (0) Fax: +49 (0)

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