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The transformation of German energy is gathering pace. The proportion of green electricity has now reached 25%. Wind ene...
11/24/2020

The transformation of German energy is gathering pace. The proportion of green electricity has now reached 25%.

Wind energy is the most important pillar. It should meet 25% of electricity demand by 2025, an important piece of the #ClimateChange puzzle.

Wind energy is the most important pillar in this change – and still has lots of potential. The rate of development has been breathtaking: it is precisely 25 years since the first commercial wind farm was launched in Germany – in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein. A total of 32 wind turbines with an output of 10 to 25 kilowatts each began feeding electricity into the public grid on 25 August 1987. It was a modest, but groundbreaking second start.⁠

The further expansion of wind energy plays a central role in the plans for the transformation of the German energy supply system Among other things, the master plan envisages a series of offshore wind farms in the North and Baltic Seas, of which the first (Alpha Ventus) went on stream in 2009. Although they are expensive and present greater technological challenges than originally thought, they are powerful – and avoid the frequently criticized disfigurement of the landscape. Additionally, the electricity grid is being expanded to transport the wind electricity from the north to centres of consumption in the south.⁠

Source: Deutschland.de

During the Berlin Airlift, Colonel Gail Halvorsen dropped parachute packets from his plane filled with chocolate and gum...
11/22/2020
Petition Aims to Win Berlin ‘Candy Bomber’ the Presidential Medal of Freedom - Air Force Magazine

During the Berlin Airlift, Colonel Gail Halvorsen dropped parachute packets from his plane filled with chocolate and gum for the children of Berlin.

Now there is a petition to give Berlin's 100 year-old "Candy Bomber" a Presidential Medal of Freedom!

A petition on WhiteHouse.gov aims to get 100-year-old retired Air Force Col. Gail S. “Hal” Halvorsen—also known as the "Berlin Candy Bomber"—the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

#COVID19 has changed the world, and Germany has played a leading role in Europe’s response. As the second wave rolls ove...
11/21/2020

#COVID19 has changed the world, and Germany has played a leading role in Europe’s response. As the second wave rolls over the globe, how close are we to the finish line in the race for a vaccine? What public health lessons should other countries learn from Germany? How can we mitigate the effects of future waves of #COVID19?

Join @jensspahn and @AnjaManuel1 from 12 – 1 PM ET to discuss Germany’s response to the #COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccine efforts and a reshaped German foreign policy to combat the virus.

Register now: https://bit.ly/36h39DT

11/21/2020
Pianotainment®'s sChOOL Concert

The sparkling wit, four-handed virtuosity, and wacky shenanigans of Pianotainment® creates a captivating concert experience for all ages!

Can one play the piano with tennis balls? Or backwards? What is jazz and does it taste good? Experience the "invisible drum kit" and guess, laugh, clap and sing along! Meet Pianotainment® – German concert pianists Stephan Weh and Marcel Dorn. Join them for their (s)C(h)OOL Concert in which kids (ages 6-12) can learn more about the wide world of music in a playful and very entertaining way!

Part of Kids Euro Festival. Thank you to National Children's Museum.

11/20/2020

What is your favorite German city?
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11/20/2020
We are listening to future generations

For #WorldChildrensDay, we're listening to future generations. Children from the US and across the world are up for the future well-being of our planet.

We invite you to listen to the future too through Earth Speakr, which aligns with Article 12 od the Convention on the Rights of the Child- The child's right to be heard- and states that children are not objects of decisions, but constantly maturing persons with their own views and interests for the future,

11/19/2020
US and European Perspectives on China

Please join us for the second in our "The Ambassador Meets" series. On November 19, the Ambassador meets Walter Lohman, Director of the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center for a discussion on US and European perspectives on Chin

More good news: potential vaccine success through German-American cooperation. Pfizer and German company BioNTech are on...
11/19/2020
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective in final trial | DW | 18.11.2020

More good news: potential vaccine success through German-American cooperation.

Pfizer and German company BioNTech are on the verge of submitting their #COVID vaccine for emergency-use authorization.

The latest data: effectiveness at 95%, up from 90%.

Pfizer and BioNTec are preparing to submit their vaccine to US regulators for approval for emergency use, which they hope to secure by mid-December. The two pharma firms said they had found no major safety concerns.

11/18/2020
Humboldt and Jefferson: Transatlantic Exchange of Knowledge and Ideas

In case you missed it, here's a replay!

Meeting President Jefferson in Washington was certainly a highlight for the Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt during his visit to the United States in spring of 1804. The personal encounter of both enlightened minds, and the knowledge and ideas they exchanged, has raised much interests on both sides of the Atlantic. However, some doubts still persist concerning Humboldt´s reasons for this visit, the nature of the information he facilitated Jefferson, the reasons for this generosity, and how useful it was for president´s strategic pursuits at this time.

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany for a discussion between Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the ICJS and Vice President of Monticello) and Dr. Sandra Rebok on the significance of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt for the sciences and transatlantic relationships.

11/18/2020
Pianotainment®'s sChOOL Concert Trailer

The sparkling wit, four-handed virtuosity, and wacky shenanigans of Pianotainment® creates a captivating concert experience for all ages!
Can one play the piano with tennis balls? Or backwards? What is jazz and does it taste good? Experience the "invisible drum kit" and guess, laugh, clap and sing along! Meet Pianotainment® – German concert pianists Stephan Weh and Marcel Dorn. Join them for their (s)C(h)OOL Concert in which kids (ages 6-12) can learn more about the wide world of music in a playful and very entertaining way!

Part of Kids Euro Festival 2020.
co-sponsors: Sitar Arts Center and National Children's Museum

The Live video premiere is just around the corner! Hit the star at this link to get a reminder when the video goes live! https://www.facebook.com/GermanyinUSA/posts/10158081150556795

The Bundestag (alongside the Bundesrat) is the legislature of Germany. Elected for four-year terms, the Bundestag also s...
11/15/2020

The Bundestag (alongside the Bundesrat) is the legislature of Germany. Elected for four-year terms, the Bundestag also selects and elects the German Chancellor. The glass dome, from which the public can look into the chamber, reminds officials that they answer to the people.

11/14/2020
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In case you missed it, here is Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulating president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris for their victory.

"I look forward to meeting you," Merkel addressed to vice president-elect Harris directly.

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You have all heard about the early vaccine results from Pfizer. But did you know this part of the story?Alongside Pfizer...
11/13/2020
The Husband-and-Wife Team Behind the Leading Vaccine to Solve Covid-19

You have all heard about the early vaccine results from Pfizer. But did you know this part of the story?

Alongside Pfizer were German BioNTech founders Sahin and Türeci, a Turkish immigrant and a daughter of Turkish immigrants.

From the The New York Times: "Two years ago, Dr. Ugur Sahin took the stage at a conference in Berlin and made a bold prediction. Speaking to a roomful of infectious disease experts, he said his company might be able to use its so-called messenger RNA technology to rapidly develop a vaccine in the event of a global pandemic...his words proved prophetic."

This husband and wife team is leading the way to a post-covid era. There are of course no guarantees , but there is cause for optimism.

Today, Ambassador Haber called the couple's story "an American dream made in Germany."

The rest of us at the Embassy agree.

The German company BioNTech, founded by two scientists, has teamed up with Pfizer on a vaccine that was found to be more than 90 percent effective.

The M/S Stadt Köln is a German ship with American History. It was built for guests of the city of Cologne, but was taken...
11/13/2020

The M/S Stadt Köln is a German ship with American History. It was built for guests of the city of Cologne, but was taken by the US Army in 1945. It was returned in 1955, and saw passengers like JFK (on his way to give the "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech), and Queen Elisabeth II.

11/12/2020
Symphony of Now Trailer

Experience the rhythms of Berlin, live with us! This film directed by Johannes Schaff pays tribute to the vibrant energy of Berlin. Based on Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 avantgarde film „Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt“, the contemporary re-imagining follows the rhythms of Berlin at night across urban panoramas to secret corners and intimate moments. Using filmmakers Lil Internet’s and Alexandra Weltz‘s unique camera work in addition to his own cinematography, Schaff creates a kaleidoscope of images to capture the modern metropolis.

This journey through the city is accompanied by a soundtrack as captivating and dynamic as the city itself.

The East Coast Hybrid Event is tomorrow at 8pm EST, but all are welcome to this one-of-a-kind experience, East Coast or not.

More details and registration: https://fb.me/e/3Rt7tgw60

National Apprenticeship Week continues! If you've been following us for a while, you know we love to talk about German-s...
11/12/2020

National Apprenticeship Week continues! If you've been following us for a while, you know we love to talk about German-style apprenticeships! They're becoming more popular in the US, and for good reason!

Apprentices in Germany – and in the US! - earn money while learning valuable skills for their career, making apprenticeships an attractive alternative to years spent at a university. Typically running 3 years, apprentices earn a stipend while taking classes and receiving on-the-job training. In exchange, companies in need of skilled talent have access to a pool of qualified talent. A win-win!

“Earn while you learn” might seem far-fetched, but employees and companies in the US are starting to see the benefits.

Have you considered an apprenticeship for yourself or a loved one?

Happy #VeteransDay2020! Thank you to all our American friends who have worn the uniform and served. We're proud to be yo...
11/11/2020

Happy #VeteransDay2020! Thank you to all our American friends who have worn the uniform and served. We're proud to be your allies.

American soldiers have been important partners for Germans for decades. As part of NATO, we defend our freedom and values together.

As Ambassador Haber will say later today, "Veterans deserve our appreciation year-round – but I relish Veterans Day 2020 as a chance to say it once more:

Thank you for your service to your nation, and to the world.

German and American soldiers serve as steadfast allies in @NATO, which we unconditionally support."

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Today is the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall! 🎉The Wall divided East and West Berlin for 28 years. But today ...
11/09/2020

Today is the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall! 🎉

The Wall divided East and West Berlin for 28 years. But today marks 31 years since ordinary Berliners tore it down!

In her comments on the anniversary, Ambassador Haber will remind us all that behind the history were everyday citizens of the US and Germany: "Let’s honor the sacrifices made by ordinary Americans and Germans who made that historic moment possible."

Many American service members were in Germany during this period, and many more Americans were following the events on broadcast news and TV.

Do you remember that fateful day?
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Did you know the Gramophone was invented by a German-American? German-born American inventor Emile Berliner revolutioniz...
11/08/2020

Did you know the Gramophone was invented by a German-American? German-born American inventor Emile Berliner revolutionized how we listen.

In the 1880's, Emile recorded music on flat discs with grooves. These records became industry standard, and dominated until the rise of cassette.

Everyone knows about the Berlin Wall, but fewer know about the 870 mile Inner German Border. While the Berlin Wall separ...
11/07/2020
The German village split by a wall

Everyone knows about the Berlin Wall, but fewer know about the 870 mile Inner German Border. While the Berlin Wall separated East and West Berlin, the Inner German Border separated East and West Germany. It came down in 1989 like the Berlin Wall!

Did you know about the Inner German Border? We've noticed a lot of American Military who were stationed in West Germany know the story well!

A small stream running through Mödlareuth plays a key role in village life, from a former Cold War divide to a modern-day border.

"The Berlin Wall had, in effect, passed into history."On this day in 1989, only four days before the fall of the Berlin ...
11/05/2020

"The Berlin Wall had, in effect, passed into history."

On this day in 1989, only four days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans were allowed to flee to the West through Prague. It continued a "huge exodus" preceding the fall of the Wall and reunification of Germany.

The New York Times spoke to one man, "A 42-year-old dentist who arrived with his wife and three children in a rickety car recounted how they had passed the border about noon today without encountering difficulties. 'It's not easy to leave your home, family, parents,'' he said. He said he had kept his intentions a secret, even from his parents, for fear of betrayal. ''We will write a letter later, and hope they will understand,' he said."

As thousands made their way to the West, many still wondered about the future of Germany. Little did they know the Wall would fall very soon.

Ingrid Stahmer, West Berlin Deputy Mayor, said the Wall, "is just going to be superfluous."

Underwater Autobahn? The project for the world's longest rail and road tunnel made it past a major hurdle. The 'Fehmarn'...
11/04/2020
Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will be the world's longest immersed tunnel

Underwater Autobahn? The project for the world's longest rail and road tunnel made it past a major hurdle. The 'Fehmarn' Belt would connect Germany and Denmark with an 11-mile undersea tunnel. It's one of the largest infrastructure undertakings in all of Europe!

If you've ever driven between Germany and Denmark, you know the traditional crossing involves a ferry ride across the Baltic. Soon that crossing could be achieved in 10 minutes.

Construction of Fehmarnbelt Tunnel is underway. The world's longest immersed tunnel is set to link Denmark and Germany across the sea.

A little positivity for you on this November 3rd: Our Embassy teamed up with colleagues from the French Embassy in the U...
11/03/2020

A little positivity for you on this November 3rd: Our Embassy teamed up with colleagues from the French Embassy in the U.S. and local partners Potomac Conservancy to clean up a bit of the nation's river: the Potomac.

It was an international collaboration- a positive impact in this corner of our wonderful world.

We hope you and all in your circle are safe and doing well today!

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#EUBeachCleanUp

A European selection jury has named the German city of Chemnitz the European Capital of Culture for 2025!The city receiv...
11/02/2020

A European selection jury has named the German city of Chemnitz the European Capital of Culture for 2025!

The city received its name from the River Chemnitz, which means “stony brook”, and lies near the Ore Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chemnitz is a city of contrast, a city where tradition meets modernity. Downtown Chemnitz features Bauhaus-style architecture, examples of New Objectivity and traditional structures such as the Rathaus.

The nomination of Chemnitz marks the third time that a German city has received the title; Weimar was a Capital of Culture in 1999 and Essen received the nomination in 2009.

Have you visited Chemnitz?
http://germanyinusa.com/2020/10/29/chemnitz-named-the-european-capital-of-culture-for-2025/

Do you know about this 'hidden' German castle: Hardenstein Castle is a set of ruins in North Rhine-Westphalia. These rui...
11/01/2020

Do you know about this 'hidden' German castle: Hardenstein Castle is a set of ruins in North Rhine-Westphalia.

These ruins of Germanic legend lay on the Ruhr River, date back to the 14th century, and are surrounded by tough mountains, hence their 'hidden' and secret vibe.

Did you decorate your home for Halloween this year? Share your photos below!In recent years, Halloween has gotten more p...
10/31/2020

Did you decorate your home for Halloween this year? Share your photos below!

In recent years, Halloween has gotten more popular in Germany. In late October, many homes carry the pumpkins and cobwebs you're so used to seeing in the US.

Germans are dressing up too, though most stick to traditional spooky costumes, like skeletons and zombies. It's rare to see a cowboy, princess, or joke costume like in the US.

In 2020, it's a cathartic to see the normal decorations from this time of the year, and outdoor deco is a great way to stay distanced and safe, while still enjoying the scary spirit of the holiday.

We can't wait to see what you post! Happy Halloween!

10/30/2020
Merkel on a Winter with the Pandemic

Chancellor Merkel on winter with the pandemic: "I wish for one thing above all for the coming period: that we all continue to stand up for one another- with and for one another- this is the only way to get through this historic crisis."

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