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Unformatted text preview: ficant American assets in the 1980s. Despite America’s long-standing “special relationship” with Great Britain, the underlying cultural
ties between the United States and Germany, though less obvious, are equally strong. Americans with German ancestors far outnumber those
with English ancestors. Moreover, during the past century both American culture and German culture have shown an unusually strong passion
for science, technology, engineering, empiricism, social order, and efficiency. The electronic paper-towel dispenser that I saw in a Munich
men’s room is the spiritual kin of the gas-powered ketchup dispensers at the McDonald’s in Colorado Springs.
The traditional German restaurant — serving schnitzel, bratwurst, knackwurst, sauerbraten, and large quantities of beer — is rapidly
disappearing in Germany. Such establishments now account for less than one-third of the German foodservice market. Their high labor costs
have for the most part been responsible for their demise, along wi...
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- Spring '08