From Pan Am to Pan Am by Daniel Dilworth Mar21

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From Pan Am to Pan Am by Daniel Dilworth

Pan American Airways, or Pan Am for short, was a massive American airline up until it was liquidated in the 1990s. Its headquarters in New York was purchased by MetLife in 1981. The MetLife building features as the Get A Life Building in Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto IV features Niko Bellic, who emigrates from Eastern Europe to meet up with his cousin, Roman. Niko fought in a war, which possibly is reference to the Yugoslav War. This war resulted in the independence of Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia. Slovenia has since joined the European Union and now has the euro as its legal tender. There are seventeen countries using the euro as legal tender, including all five countries who have received the EU/IMF bailouts. The IMF, or International Monetary Fund, is headed by Christine Lagarde, the former French finance minister in the government of Nicola Sarkozy. Sarkozy lost the presidency in 2012 to the socialist Francois Hollande. Hollande was the first socialist French president since Francois Mitterrand. Mitterrand fought in World War II and was captured by the Germans. The Germans lost World War II and, as a result, Germany was divided between the democratic west and the communist, totalitarian east. Against this backdrop, in 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy made his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. This event was dramatised in an episode of the television programme Pan Am, which was based on the pilots and stewardesses of a plane belonging to Pan American Airways.