Still Lost in Translation? The Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations
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Still Lost in Translation?
The Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations
Monday, 30th March (16:00)
With a fresh American government bringing hope of a more multilateral US foreign policy and a more concerted effort to work with international partners in addressing global challenges, there is considerable interest in the development of transatlantic relations over the coming months. Still Lost in Translation? will consider the fundamental political and cultural differences between Germany and the US, and how these differences influence the German-American relationship.
16:00 Still Lost in Translation? The Opportunities and Challenges of Transatlantic Relations
Dr. Christian Tuschhoff, Visiting Professor, Centre for Transnational Relations, Free University Berlin
Amerika Haus was graced with the presence of Dr. Christain Tuschoff, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transnational Relations at the Free University of Berlin, on Monday March 30th. Dr Tuschhoff gave a lecture that explored the differences between two of the world’s most prominent nations, the United States of America and Germany, in relation to their political structure, culture, ideals and economic foundations.
Dr. Tuschoff explained how the two countries’ liberal democracies are constructed differently and that this was influenced by cultural attitudes. Citing the examples of the text from the first line of the US constitution and the inscription upon the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin, Dr. Tuschoff argued that the American system was a ‘bottom-up’, ‘grass roots’ democracy whilst Germany had a more ordered, ‘top-down’, protective democratic system. He went on to explore German attitudes towards American citizens, the American nation as a whole, and the new American President Barack Obama. Following his lecture, Dr Tuschoff took the time to answer a number of interesting and thought-provoking questions from the audience concerning his expectations for the future and key issues that could put pressure on the transatlantic relationship.