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whynot Re:Good luck Europe! (183 comments)

Well, living in Germany I can tell you that there are people who shake their heads about current US foreign politics but that doesn't make us "hate" you.

How could we hate the country that helped to remove Hitler? How could we hate the country that spent a lot of money rebuilding the German economy after the war? There has been a history of friendship between the US and Germany until less than 4 years ago and this will not change so fast.

Please try to ignore the occassional strong german leftist trying to get into the press / some of the statements german press (like "Der Spiegel") are printing just to sell their newspaper. We should also try to ignore the same stuff on the US side - there has been a lot of europe bashing too.

IMHO the current administration of the US and germany are an unfortunate combination - they don't get along very well and that's a real pitty. From my point of view both nations did not behave very nice in some points. Especially chancellor Schroeder's abuse of the war against Iraq for his campaign ("We will never help them under an circumstances") has been more than embarassing. Mr Rumsfelds comments about "old europe" were on a embarassing level too.

But this really does not mean that the citizens of the countries should now hate each other. I have been to the US many times and always been happy about the friendly people. Also I coached some US citizens visiting Germany and they seemed to like it here too.

(These are my feelings and perceptions, of course I can't speak for all german citizens)

more than 11 years ago

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