The Relationship Between Germany and the Usa: Focus on Iraq

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Gymnasium DonauwörthKollegiatenjahrgang 2009/2011

Facharbeit
im Leistungskursfach
Englisch

Thema:

The relationship between Germany and the USA:
Focus on Iraq

Verfasser: Lisa Stuhler
Kursleiterin: OStR’in Hildegard Nieberle
Abgabedatum:23. Dezember 2010

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Unterschrift der Kursleiterin

1. Introduction 3

2. American-German Relations in the Past 3
2.1World War I 3
2.2 World War II 5
2.3 Relations after World War II 6

3.Colliding viewpoints 7

4. The Iraq Conflict10
4.1 Course of war11
4.2 Transatlantic economy during Iraq debate12
4.3The New York Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
Two perspectives on the War in Iraq13
4.3.1 Headings14
4.3.2 Reporting on foreign politics14
4.3.3 Reporting on the President/ Chancellor15

5. Survey 16
5.1 Improvement of relations16
5.2Fight against terrorism16
5.3 Germany’s rise in the international landscape17

6. Conclusion19

Index of Pictures20

Bibliography21

1. Introduction
The United States’ diplomatic cables leak began on November 28, 2010 when the website WikiLeaks and five major newspapers published confidential documents that report about the correspondence between the U.S. State Department and its embassies around the world. The material describes former Russian President Putin as an "alpha-dog" and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai as being "driven by paranoia", while German Chancellor Angela Merkel "avoids risk and is rarely creative" . There is also a comparison between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Adolf Hitler. Countries like Iran or Russia demand an apology as a consequence of these disclosures. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated: “This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests, it is an attack on the international community: the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity (...) It puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.” This incident shows that the relationship between two countries can easily change within hours. However, the time to restore this relationship might take years. Germany and America are both superpowers with a lot of history. With a special focus on the Iraq war, I want to show in the following how the relationship between Germany and the USA has developed within the last decades.

2. American-German Relations in the Past
2.1 World War I
In order to provide a thorough understanding of the relations and differences between Germany and the USA, it is inevitable to give an overview of the development of American-German relations in the past. U.S.-German relations have been a focal point of American involvement in Europe. In World War I, the United States, although they initially did not want to participate, eventually joined the Allied powers. The United States entered World War I in 1917, helping the Allies a lot with their troops and resources. In the same year, Russia surrendered and Germany had approximately 600,000 battle-tested troops freed from the Eastern Front to fight in the West; but with the entry of the United States into the war, the Allies outnumbered the Germans and eventually succeeded in defeating the German Empire. At that time German-Americans were often discriminated against in the USA. Any significant German cultural impact on the USA was seen with intense enmity and suspicion. Americans were afraid the Germans might limit their freedom and destroy their American way of life. In Germany, the United States were regarded as another adversary and...
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