Discussing German-American Relations in Gießen

Consul General Kevin Milas (center) engaging University President Mukherjee (front left) and students (Photo: State Department)

Hosted by Prof. Dr. Greta Olson and introduced by University President Mukherjee, Consul General Kevin C. Milas discussed current challenges to the German-American relationship with American Studies students at Giessen University. The Consul General articulated his strong interest in listening to the students’ concerns and engaged them in a frank discussion that included sensitive issues such as data privacy issues, NSA activities and the difficult question of how to balance freedom and security.  He also emphasized the need to openly talk about differences in opinion and to better understand the different historical experiences behind them.