The presence of American occupying forces in Germany and Austria after World War II, the impact of Hollywood and American television, the sounds of American entertainers from Elvis to Madonna, and numerous other factors have all combined to lend a decidedly American flavor to the German cultural landscape. Europeans do not always regard this strong American influence as a good thing, but there is no denying that they are drawn to many elements of Americana. From jazz to jeans, from IBM to MTV, from Coke to CNN, Germans experience aspects of “the American way of life.”
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American companies like Ford, General Motors (Opel), IBM, and Burger King have been in Germany for so long they have become part of the German landscape. But companies like McDonald’s are often faced with political and cultural protest they don’t encounter in the U.S. Pressure from German environmentalist groups has caused McDonald’s Deutschland headaches for years. German advertising and public relations often attempt to counter the attacks with ecological information.
The German love-hate relationship with American influences sometimes manifests itself in negative forms. Rolf Winter’s 1990s German best-seller, entitled American Impudence (Die amerikanische Zumutung), called attention to what the author viewed as bad American influences — generalized by the term “Coca-Cola culture”... Fortunately, most Germans and their fellow Europeans realize that America, despite all its faults, is not the cause of all the evils of the world.
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