The transatlantic partnership is a basic axiom in German foreign policy. It is no longer merely a matter of security issues. The spectrum of global challenges - from climate protection through the international financial architecture to the identification of the human genome - is now the subject of German-US cooperation.
Germany and the United States of America are bound together by historical ties of friendship. The two countries share common experiences, values and interests, though controversial issues repeatedly arise in bilateral relations. Politics, economics, culture and military cooperation are all facets that make up German-US relations.
The German-American Friendship Garden celebrates 300 years of friendship between the United States and Germany. It was established in 1983 and first dedicated by US President Ronald Reagan and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1988.
President Kennedy's visit to Berlin in June 1963 became a seminal moment in US-German relations and in the West-East standoff. It was received by the people of West Berlin as an expression of solidarity and friendship for a population surrounded on all sides by the Communist East.