Burger Blues Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations.
Von Simon Pfanzeit
The German-American Folk Festival has been going for 54 years now. But it is suffering along with relations between the two countries.

The German-American Folk Festival has been going for 54 years now. But it is suffering along with relations between the two countries.

Foto: Paul Zinken/ dpa
Richard Simmons and his wife Irene operate a hamburger stand at the German-American Fair in Berlin, a carnival that has seen better days.

Richard Simmons and his wife Irene operate a hamburger stand at the German-American Fair in Berlin, a carnival that has seen better days.

Foto: Thomas Grabka/ DER SPIEGEL