On June 5, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump joined World War II veterans and the heads of state of 13 other countries for a moving ceremony dedicated to those who stormed the beaches of Normandy as a part of Operation Overlord. The efforts of these brave soldiers led to an Allied victory that turned the tide of the war on the continent and built the foundation for our current German-American friendship.
This week, German Chancellor attended the 368th commencement ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the morning exercises, Chancellor Merkel was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the historic American university. In the afternoon, Chancellor Merkel delivered the commencement address for 20,000 graduates, faculty, and guests.
This year, the historic Bauhaus school is celebrating its 100th anniversary with special events and retrospectives around the globe. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recognized the milestone with his speech at the 100 Jahre Bauhaus (100 Years of Bauhaus) opening festival in Berlin, Germany.
German-American cooperation played a key role in obtaining the first ever image of a black hole, something long thought to be completely impossible.
German Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Washington, DC for the 2019 World Bank Spring Meetings.