Fractured German-American relations: The effects of presidential personality
During the 2002 German elections, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder announced that he would not support US military action in Iraq. This was the first time that US foreign policy had played a role in the German elections and even though there had been a growing anti-war movement in Europe, his announcement came as a surprise to many, especially the Bush administration. The United States and Germany had shared a friendship throughout the Cold War and it seemed as though they would always be close allies. Germany relied on US protection and had, therefore, generally supported US policies and acted as a liaison between France and the United States. But Iraq seemed to have created a serious rift between the transatlantic partners and many argue that it will be difficult to restore the once-amenable relations.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
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