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The Goethe-Institut Opens Three New Facilities in Washington, Boston, and Los Angeles

The Year of German-American Friendship may be coming to a close this winter, but the Goethe-Institut is certainly not done with its work in the US! The Institute reaffirmed its commitment to the transatlantic relationship by re-opening three regional institutes in brand new facilities in Washington, Boston, and Los Angeles.

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Wunderbar Together Appears in Reuters as the Year of German-American Friendship Draws to a Close

As the Year of German-American Friendship comes to a close, Reuters journalist Andrea Shalal spoke with politicians, business leaders, and members of the community to discuss the impact that Wunderbar Together has had on the millions of people who have been a part of the campaign in person and online.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Meet in Mödlareuth in Recognition of 30th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall

This weekend, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to Germany to meet with his German counterpart, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

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Steinmeier Calls for Transatlantic Partnership at the Grand Opening of the Goethe-Institut Boston

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently made an official visit to Boston, his second visit to the United States since becoming president. During his time in Massachusetts, he attended several events promoting German-American friendship, included the grand re-opening of the new location of Goethe-Institut Boston.

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President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Opens Historic Joint Concert in Boston Symphony Hall

On October 31, the final day of German American Heritage Month, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a historic joint concert featuring Leipzig’s renowned Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the first of its kind featuring two world-class orchestras on a single stage. The event marked the official end of the Year of German-American friendship with a night filled with music by Heiden, Strauss, and Schönberg.

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U.S. Congress Considers H. Res. 446 on German-American Friendship

Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson spoke to the House of Representatives in Washington, DC about recognizing October as German-American Heritage Month.

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Using Public Transport as a German Journalist on Exchange in Kansas City

Though huge cities like New York and Washington DC may be known for their public transportation infrastructure, that is not the case in most major American cities. Still, German Journalist Michaela Pflug, who is currently in the US as a part of the Goethe CloseUp project, was determined to try navigating her new home of Kansas City, Missouri using public transport alone.

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German Journalist Anna Clauss Feels Right at Home at Denver Oktoberfest

Anna Clauss, journalist for the German magazine Der Spiegel, is currently in Denver as a part of the Arthuer F. Burns Fellowship, which sends German and American journalists to each other’s countries on exchange. While in her new Colorado home, Clauss took the time to get a little slice of her native Bavaria at the Denver Oktoberfest.

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Journalist Anne Marie Hunter “Finds Magic Everywhere” on Exchange in Germany

This year, journalist Anne Marie was given the opportunity to take part in the “Goethe Close-Up” exchange program. Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and Wunderbar Together, this program hopes to foster strong relations among German and American journalists while immersing them in the other culture. She was featured earlier this month in the Hessische Allgemeine Newspaper, and her second article was just published in the same newspaper in Kassel, Germany.

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Wunderbar Together Celebrates its One Year Anniversary on the Day of German Unity!

The Day of German Unity is one of the most important federal holidays in Germany. Held every year on October 3, it celebrates the reunification of East and West Germany in the 1990s. This year is even more special, as we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Getting into Conversation with Each Other: An Interview with Andreas Dresen

In recent history, many Germans have used media and the arts as a vehicle of expressing the impact the Berlin Wall and its ultimate collapse had on German culture. One prime example of this is Andreas Dresen’s 2018 award winning film, GUNDERMANN.

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Wunderbar Together Hits the Airwaves on “Atlanta Plugged In”

Atlanta Plugged In on CBS46 invited Wunderbar Together’s Deputy Director, Miriam Bruns on to talk about the PopUp Tour’s most recent stop in Atlanta.

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Goethe Project Close-Up Creates an Exchange Between German and American Journalists

 “If someone had told me in May that I would be working for a German newspaper, I would have laughed at him. But what seemed completely impossible in May became a reality on Monday,” Kansas City journalist Anne Marie Hunter wrote in the Hessische Allgemeine Newspaper this week.

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Dirk Nowitzki Takes the Next Steps in His Career

Since his retirement in April of this year, you may no longer be able to see Dirk Nowitzki on the court in a Dallas Mavericks jersey, but that doesn’t mean he has left the basketball world behind. After 21 seasons in the NBA, the German basketball legend has turned his attention to advocating for players at the international level.

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Vice President of the German Bundestag Thomas Oppermann on the US-German Relationship

Thomas Oppermann, Vice President of the German Bundestag, made a visit to Washington, DC to meet with members of US Congress and promote German-American friendship.

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Shifting Political Culture Threatens Academic Freedom

In recent years, populism, nationalism and new forms of aggressive escalation have been exerting a growing influence on political culture in the West. Fundamental values of liberal democracy such as freedom of expression and tolerance are coming under attack. The consequences of this radicalisation on science in Germany and the USA was the focus of a two-day event held at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles.

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2019 Marks 50 Years Since the Death of Bauhaus Pioneer Mies van der Rohe

This week marks 50 years since the death of modernist architect and Bauhaus pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The famous architect was born in Aachen, Germany in 1886 and began his career in Berlin before becoming the final director of the Bauhaus school from 1930 to 1933.

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American Players Take the Field in the German Bundesliga

As more and more Americans move to Germany, many German players are heading in the opposite direction to play for MLS clubs in the United States. To get ready for the beginning of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season, we’ve compiled a list of some of the Americans and Germans playing abroad in the Bundesliga and MLS!

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German Actress Sibel Kikelli and State Secretary Michelle Müntefering Share Their Favorite Wunderbar Together Moments: From Barack Obama to Texan Dance Halls

German Actress Sibel Kekilli recently sat down with State Secretary Michelle Müntefering to discuss Wunderbar Together and her experiences working in film and television on both sides of the Atlantic.

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German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, visits Washington, DC!

This Wednesday, July 10th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States welcomed Altmaier at their headquarters. The minister sat down with Karen Donfried, GMF’s President, to talk about the state of transatlantic relations and the future of European-American trade.

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Audi Summer Tour brings FC Bayern Munich to US

American Bayern Munich fans can see their favorite German team playing in LA, Houston, and Kansas City against high-profile opponents.

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German and US Women’s National Teams Shine at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

This summer, soccer fans all over the world are coming together in stadiums and in front of televisions to watch their favorite teams play the world’s most popular sport. Last month’s Women’s World Cup was one of the highlights of this summer’s competitive schedule and featured strong performances by both the German Frauen-Nationalmannschaft and the newly-crowned champion US Women’s National team.

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German the Most Spoken Language at Home Other Than English and Spanish in 9 States

Recent US Census Data shows the diverse, multilingual nature of the United States. Beyond the two most commonly spoken languages, English and Spanish, Americans reported speaking a range of languages at home, from Haitian Creole to Tagalog. German topped the list in 9 states, more than any other language.

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Top Clubs FC Bayern Munich and BVB Dortmund Embark on Summer Tours in the US

The Bundesliga season may be over in Germany, but the action is just getting started for soccer fans in the US! FC Bayern Munich and BVB Dortmund, two top-tier German teams, will both be touring the country to take on top clubs in other European Leagues and MLS in exhibition matches.

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Germany and US U-19 Women’s National Teams Play International Friendlies in Fairfax, VA

While the US and German Women’s National Teams are both off to great starts at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the national U-19 clubs will face off in two international friendly matches in Fairfax, Virginia at George Mason University on June 14 and 16.