- British and American news coverage about Germany is very good due to the World Wide Web
- In 2009, only 7,8% of UK students learned German in school – and their numbers are still decreasing
- Less than 5% of British citizens ever spend their holidays in Germany
- --> British and American people tend to believe in the picture the press and the media give them of Germany, because they do not know better
- In 2003 , the Goethe Institute found out that history classes in America and the UK almost exclusively focus on World War II and the Holocaust when covering Germany
- -->Very little knowledge about postwar period
- For many British and American people, Bavaria and Germany are synonymous, which is partly due to the massive news coverage on the German Oktoberfest
- 300,000 British fans came to Germany for the first time and saw for themselves
- News coverage was surprisingly positive
- “Germany reinvented itself” according to the British “Guardian”
- “The Times” noted that the “World Cup helped restore ancient bridges”
- After England left the World Cup, many of its fans cheered for Germany instead
- ---> The World Cup was a catalyst for a new relationship and understanding
- Merkel is portrayed to be holding the fate of the Eurozone in her hands by the media in general
- British tabloid “The Daily Mail” ran an article called “Rise of the Fourth Reich – how Germany is using the financial crisis to conquer Europe”
- In November 2011, “The Guardian” raised the question whether Angela Merkel can be seen as “Europe’s savior” or its “biggest problem”
- Most newspapers see Merkel’s efforts as something positive and helpful
- Another “Guardian” article said the British need some German lessons regarding how to establish a prospering economy and praised Germany and France for taking the initiative when no one else did
- Stereotypes of Germany die hard because for many British and Americans, the media are the only source of information about Germany
- The 2006 World Cup positively changed the picture of Germany in Europe and the USA
- The outcome of the Euro crisis will have a big influence on Europe’s perception of Germany in the future
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