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Contemporary debates, German American Relations

German-speaking News Headlines On Obama’s Reelection

Europeans have closely followed the developments during this election. Here’s a brief overview of this morning’s headlines of online media outlets in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

The Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard leads with Obama’s victory, “Obama reelected, President emphasizes the country’s unity.” In its overview, the newspaper also highlights the difficulties the president has to overcome in order to restore governability to the country.

Germany’s weekly magazine Der Spiegel’s headline “Obama’s Agenda für ein kaputtes Land” also emphasizes the divided nature of American politics and the Republican’s scorched earth politics.

Another German weekly newspaer, Die Zeit, encourages the reelected president to be more courageous: “Mehr Mut, Herr Präsident!” One of the topics the writer pushes is climate change, where Europeans, and Germans especially, are deeply frustrated with American exceptionalism and arrogance.

The Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung leads with “Satisfaction in Europe,” but also wonders if “Germany’s love affair with the president will continue.”

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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