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Anti-Americanism, always strong on the German left, is growing on the right
THEIR name sounds like a parody, but it is not meant to be. On January 24th about 1,000 Pegada, or “patriotic Europeans against the Americanisation of the Occident,” took to the streets of Erfurt. In chants and on banners, they warned against a break with Russia and of a third world war, blaming the “terror power” of America. The spread of anti-Americanism in Germany worries John Emerson, America’s ambassador. He is soon to attend an “anti-Americanism conference” in Munich. Joachim Gauck, Germany’s president, frets that “Germans and Americans appear to live on different planets.”
This new mood may even cloud Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington next week (see article). It affects everything from the West’s response to terrorism and Russian bullying to free-trade talks between America and the European Union, now in their eighth round.
Anti-Americanism has long been endemic in Germany. In West Germany in the cold war, it was found mainly on the left. The right saw America as a protector against communism and a post-war mentor in democracy. Yet even conservative West Germans combined love for things cowboy with disdain for an American way of life they saw as uncultured. East Germans were anti-American and pro-Russian as a matter of policy. Even today, with that ideological kinship gone, “a crude mixture of anti-Americanism and a bizarre romanticisation of Russo-German affinities” persists, says Heinrich August Winkler, a historian with an interest in Germany’s ambivalent integration into the West.