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What kind of information materials are available?
CD: Texts available on CD version.Texts available in multiple languages.

G8 Information Centre
Deutsch-amerikanische Beziehungen.

Teacher Resources
The Role of NATO
Post-Wall Germany: Integrating Post-Unification German Culture into the High School Classroom

Original Documents
50th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre. July 23, 1998 | Deutsch CD
Address to the People of Berlin. President Clinton. Berlin, July 12, 1994 | Deutsch CD
The Balkans (DoS Archive)
Clinton White House Virtual Library

Commemorative Event for the 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan. President Clinton. The Hague, May 28, 1997 |Deutsch CD
Creating New Opportunities in Transatlantic Relations. Ambassador John Kornblum, May 8, 1998 | Deutsch CD
Developing a New, Comprehensive Relationship With Europe

Germany 2000: An Assessment. Ambassador John Kornblum, March 30, 2000 | Deutsch CD
Holocaust Issues
(DoS Archive)
A New Atlantic Community for the 21st Century. Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Stuttgart, September 6, 1996 | Deutsch CD
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(DoS Archive)

Praesident Clinton und Bundeskanzler Schroeder
President Clinton &
Chancellor Schröder

The nineties were characterized on the one hand by anniversaries of historical events and on the other hand by new challenges marking the beginning of the new millennium. In 1995 the end of World War II was commemorated. In 1996 the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and the famous speech by Secretary of State Byrnes in Stuttgart were celebrated. Other anniversaries like the Berlin Airlift, the introduction of the D-Mark, the famous speech by Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany and the signing of the Basic Law were observed.

The nineties saw the end of the Cold War era. The changed political situation in Germany and in the countries in Central and Eastern Europe put the German-American relationship in a new context which includes a Europe united in peace and democracy. Important steps taken to realize this vision are the integration of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe into NATO, European Union and OSCE.

Many challenges confronting the United States and Germany are similar. Challenges in the field of domestic politics include social security reform, education reform and immigration policy.
Globalization, the Internet, liberalization of the telecommunication market, space research, higher education represent economic and technical challenges which face both countries. This broad range of challenges increase the possibilities for intensive cooperation.

Original Documents
President Clinton's Address at the Tempelhof Airlift Ceremony. Berlin, May 14, 1998 | Deutsch  CD
Public-Private Initiatives and the Search for Peace. Ambassador John Kornblum. September 2, 1998 | Deutsch CD
Remarks at the 12th and Concluding Plenary on the German Foundation. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Stuart E. Eizenstat. July 17, 2000 | Deutsch CD
The United States and Germany Face Common Challenges. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Munich, March 10, 1994
The United States and the Group of Eight

Warren Christopher, U.S. Secretary of State (1993-1997)
William Jefferson Clinton, U.S. President (1993-2001)
Stuart E. Eizenstat, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001) | Deutsch
Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1993-1994)
John Kornblum, U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1997-2001) | Deutsch
Gerhard Schröder, Federal Chancellor (1998-2005) | Deutsch 
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