The transatlantic relationship had a mixed year in 2013. On the one hand, the EU and US started negotiations for a comprehensive trade deal last July. Another transatlantic highlight was the interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. While it is too early to say whether Geneva was a breakthrough, it would not have come about without tight transatlantic foreign policy cooperation. At the same time, however, revelations of the NSA’s data collection program have created the perception of strained relations between the EU and the US. How then should we assess the status of the transatlantic relationship? Will EU-US unity persist on Iran or will questions about Teheran’s commitment to the deal and the next steps create divisions? Will calls for an anti-spying regime and the possibility of further leaks concerning the NSA program complicate the transatlantic partnership and how can this be avoided?
Panel 1: “Can the West trust Iran? The interim deal and prospect for a final one”
Panel 2: “I spy with my little eye: Strengthening transatlantic data protection”
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