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Laying the ground for insightful discussion: Three Fulbrighters publish the transatlantic newsletter and homepage

Political misunderstandings between Europeans and Americans may often occur because of a lack of information and communication. Europeans as well as Americans tend to see their own political and economical situation at first without considering that there is always a different view on things - literally depending on which side your are.

The Atlantic Review is an online platform that intends to lead (contribute) to mutual understanding by summarizing interesting press articles from respected sources and different points of view that are published on both sides of the Atlantic. Commentaries, analyses and reports on the United States and its transatlantic relations are offered in a nonpartisan way.

The press digest was founded in July 2003 out of a concern for the deterioration of the US-German relationship. It is edited by the three German Fulbright Alumni Jörg Wolf (Berlin), Sonja Bonin (Seattle) and Jörg Geier (Hamburg).

Thanks to the Internet, the access to information is not restricted to only one side of the Atlantic any more. Most US and European newspapers and journals distribute large parts of their content on the Internet for free. That way it has become much easier to learn why Europeans and Americans perceive certain political issues so differently. The only problem is that most people do not have the time to surf to the homepages of various news sources searching for good articles on a regular basis. That's where the Atlantic Review helps: A large number of credible newspapers, magazines, TV programs and alternative media sources from both sides of the Atlantic is scanned. The most interesting and insightful articles, analyses, reports and essays on transatlantic affairs are selected and the most important information and arguments summarized to present significant quotes from the original article. Each text is linked to the original news source.

The information in the Atlantic Review can help not only to stay well informed about German, EU- and US foreign policies and transatlantic relations, but also to confront anti-American sentiments in Germany as well as Anti-German/Anti-European sentiments in the US. The Atlantic Review lays the ground for deeper understanding and insightful discussion. While a newsletter is sent twice a month , the Atlantic Review homepage is updated continuously and contains current and past issues. The website reaches hundreds of readers all over the world every day, 55 percent of them living in the United States, about 40 percent in Europe, and a growing percentage dispersed around the globe, including Japan, China, Israel, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Brasil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Nigeria, South Africa, India, South Korea and others. Atlantic Review has received praise from highly acclaimed individuals and institutions and has been recommended within the blogosphere almost 500 times last year. Technerati ranks the Atlantic Review 11,458 among 25 million blogs. Jason Haserodt from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State says about the Atlantic Review:

“Anyone interested in a fresh, thoughtful, and in-depth look into transatlantic relations will find the Atlantic Review an indispensable source for comprehensive, well-balanced news.”

The reading recommendations given by the Fulbright Alumni Editors neither reflect their personal opinion nor intend to convince the readers of the author’s thesis. Rather, it is a try to offer a wide range of facts and different opinions - out of the believe that a critical and thorough, but balanced and multifaceted coverage of the United States, Europe and transatlantic issues is very much needed to understand, appreciate and improve the transatlantic partnership. Or, to put it in Senator Fulbright’s words: “The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy - the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something that we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately.”

The Atlantic Review can be seen as a part of the Fulbright Spirit, that implies the  "work as cultural ambassadors" and therefore aims the improvement of the transatlantic friendship.

The following was a posting on that we found especially interesting with regard to this month’s country focus: Germany loses the brightest minds to the US

Posted by Sonja, Wednesday, January 4, 2006

In an interview with the leftwing/liberal German daily Frankfurter Rundschau, migration expert Klaus Bade paints an unpleasant migration-picture for Germany: While immigrants often times don't fulfill the requirements to fit in socially and professionally, more and more well educated, German-trained professionals turn their backs on the country, increasingly so not only for certain period of time, but for good, he says. Two of the reasons he mentions are the continuingly unpromising outlook for the German job market and "absurd practices within the German academia," which will soon drive so many experts abroad that we can expect a distinct shortage of trained professionals in certain sectors. Among the highly and very highly qualified experts Germany is loosing are IT-professionals, many of whom migrating to the United States. Canada is among other favored countries of immigration. Predominant among the emigrants are young, educated people "in their best years of earning," Bade laments. "Germany is on her way to find herself on the loser's side of the competition over the brightest minds." An additional problem he contends: While many second- or third generation immigrants to Germany are now leaving the country for better opportunities abroad, their parents and grandparents tend to stay in order to enjoy their retirement benefits in Germany." In times of retirement crisis, this is a problem that should not be underestimated", Bade warns. All in all, he contends, this is "a thoroughly unpleasant migration scenario, which should neither be talked nor calculated away."

Isabelle Koch contributed to this article


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