November 2, 2013 7:55 AM

Is the U.S.-German love affair really ending?

This week’s edition of the intellectual German weekly newspaper Die Zeit devotes its front four pages to the decline in the German-American relationship. The pages, including a column by former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, are introduced with a drawing of a heart, one half painted with the German flag, one with the U.S. flag, snapping in two. The headline beneath it is “Goodbye Freunde” or Goodbye Friends. Die Zeit is considered an elitist and extremely important format for German political discussion. Die Zeit’s take on the matter begins by noting: “We were too naïve. German American relations have to be put on a realistic footing now.”

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