From the Marshall Plan to Donald Trump – 70 Eventful Years of Europe-US Relations. A Political Review.


Saturday, July 6, 2019, 7:30pm

The Marshall plan – the European recovery program that was initiated by the US in the wake of the second world war – was recently commemorated as it turned 70 this year. Meanwhile, transatlantic relations are being shaken to their very core due to Donald Trump’s presidency.

Given this context, both the present and the past situation of the Europe-US relations will now be looked at in a spectacular political review, which features stimulating political discussions and exciting musical performances related to the topic.

Top experts will delve into the history of the turbulent transatlantic relations in an entertaining way for this event. The evening will also feature fine music by renowned artists from the US, the Netherlands, and Germany. They will present the first performance of its kind in Aachen: a delightfully ironic, short, and amusing opera on the Marshall plan, which has been dug out from the US archives.

RWTH's sensational Big Band will also play several famous pieces from the early stages of the 1948 Marshall Plan, as well as some more recent US and European hits – partially accompanied by solo vocalists.

Enjoy an evening packed with stimulating political discussions and top-class music! 

Where? Aula 1 of RWTH's main building, Templergraben 55
  • Professor Emanuel Richter, political scientist, RWTH
  • Professor Frank Mehring, chair of American studies, Radboud University, Netherlands
  • Deborah Cole, vocals and music director, US
  • Geralt van Gemert, vocals, Netherlands
  • Jens Barnieck, piano and musical arrangement, Germany
  • RWTH Big Band, headed by Jacques Cuypers
  • Kaiser-Karls-Gymnasium Aachen’s school choir, headed by Anneke Biehl
Further Details Co-host: Amerikahaus NRW e.V.

Supported by: Sparkasse Foundation Aachen, Europäische Horizonte, ProRWTH, U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf

The event is free of charge and no registration is required.