Germany and Canada
The relationship that has evolved between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada since the end of the Second World War is a close and cordial one. There are no political problems between the two countries. Both are members of NATO and share common political values, economic systems and lifestyles.
Both governments pursue a policy of active involvement in seeking to solve major problems facing members of the Western alliance: arms control, disarmament and stability in the post-Cold War world are high on their agenda.
Both countries are actively engaged in efforts to reduce North-South tension. Heads of government and ministers meet regularly, both in bilateral consultations and in multilateral forums, such as the annual G8 economic summit, at the United Nations, World Trade Organization and a host of other international organizations.
Germany and Canada share a remarkable degree of agreement on most issues. Relations in recent years have steadily intensified, to the point where a dense network of consultation and cooperation occurs at both the political and economic levels.
Close cultural and scientific ties, exchange programs by scientists, students and pupils, and buoyant tourism, symbolize our excellent bilateral relations. Perhaps more importantly, 300,000 Canadian soldiers guaranteed freedom, democracy and security in postwar Germany. That we shall not forget.