Pittsburgh and the fall of the Berlin Wall

In our globalized, social-media age, we pause this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of unity in Europe and the strong bond between the European Union and the United States.

But every day we experience the fact that individual relationships and intercultural connections remain the bedrock of government-to-government, economy-to-economy and business-to-business relationships.

As a business executive and a college professor, our professional and personal experiences with Germany and the German-American community in the Pittsburgh region affirm the value and necessity of relationship-building to the success of government policy, from the local to the global level. We know firsthand that without people-to-people connections, state-to-state ones fall short.

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