During these trying times, I would like to stress the importance of our transatlantic friendships.
Created in 1988 by President Reagan and Chancellor Kohl, the German-American Friendship Garten in Washington, DC. is symbolic of our post-war German-American relationship. Built up over 300 years, this is a highly important tie, one supported by extensive, deep professional, organizational and private relationships. And it is quite noteworthy that there are over 51 million Americans with German bloodlines, including many of our club members and me, representing the largest ethnic group in the US.
As you know, a number of current discussions and negotiations, especially those on tariffs, are creating tension at the national and international levels and need to be wisely addressed by our federal governments. But at the local levels, it is up to us to assure that our ties remain strong as we build on our relationships, making them ever more resilient and sustainable, regardless of whether we are German, American, EU or other country citizens. Please join me in further enhancing our co-operation and working together.
None of us is as good as all of us.
All the best,
President, AGBC Munich