KCRW in Berlin: Q&A with the American Ambassador to Germany

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John Emerson is the American Ambassador to Germany. Madeleine Brand speaks with Emerson at the U.S. embassy in Berlin about the Greek debt crisis and the role the U.S. can play. They also discuss NSA spying, a sensitive issue in Berlin with the history of the East German secret police - the Stasi.

What used to be a baroque palace is now a shell of its former self. And the rebuilding and restoring of the building has brought up a debate over how much the past should dictate the future.

The dome of Berlin's national parliamentary building is made of glass, a symbol of the government's transparency. Ambassador John Emerson works closely with German lawmakers on issues related to the Eurozone.