New Publication: Current Study on the State of Transatlantic Relations


Transatlantic relations, especially those between Germany and the United States, which are characterized by shared history and common values, are typically described as positive and robust. Many German-American networks and forums, however, are outdated and stagnant. They do not adequately represent the young, emerging generations and the diverse societies of both countries, with whom these traditional narratives no longer resonate.

In 2023, Atlantik-Brücke commissioned YouGov to conduct two surveys, one in the United States and one in Germany, with representative samples of 3,000 respondents each, to investigate the current state of transatlantic relations and identify where there is a need for change. The results clearly show that, in both countries, sociodemographic characteristics determine who shapes the transatlantic dialogue. Access to transatlantic knowledge and international relations is strongly influenced by factors such as age, gender, education, standard of living, race, ethnicity, and the belonging to socially marginalized groups.

The report reviews the key findings of the studies and highlights that the traditional modes of the transatlantic relationship must be reformed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. One thing is certain: In a changing world, transatlantic relations must continue to evolve.

You can read the full report “Twenty-First Century Transatlantic Relations in Need of Reform to Adapt to Changing Societies” here.

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