In this section, we will help you put John F. Kennedy’s "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech into perspective. We will first give you an idea of how to put the speech into perspective in relation to current issues, after which we will suggest another speech you may compare it to.

Current issues

It may be helpful to consider the current relationship between the US and Russia, as well as the differences within Berlin/Germany today and in the past.

Today, the relationship between the US and Russia is tense. There have been several accusations made that Russia interfered with the result of the 2016 US election in favor of Donald Trump, who unexpectedly won the election. Trump has often refrained from criticizing Putin, but there have also been tense issues between the two countries. For instance, tensions have erupted following Trump’s decision to fire missile strikes at a Syrian airbase, which was considered an aggressive gesture by Russia.

You might also want to consider the situation of the US relationship with North Korea, another Communist country. North Korea, which is a very closed-off society, has developed nuclear weapons and there has recently bee...

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