The Change in Government and Transatlantic Relations
Since the end of World War II, German-American relations have been marked by a total of ten American Presidents and eight German Chancellors. During that half century, those relations evolved from one of conqueror over the vanquished in 1945 to one that in 1989, President George Herbert W. Bush described as a partnership in leadership. Today, fifteen years after the Berlin Wall fell, German-American relations represent a mixture of partnership, competition, and a vast network of political, economic and cultural ties that together make up one of the most intensive bilateral relationships on the globe. A cornerstone of the Euro-Atlantic framework, German-American relations remain of critical importance to both sides of the Atlantic. However, the reasons behind this importance have been in continuous transformation, as the interests and the needs of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany have responded to the demands of a changing environment during the past five decades, especially since the end of the Cold War.