Erfolg in der zweiten Runde: Barack Obama unterzeichnet ‘Trade Promotion Authority’

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Nach intensiver Lobbyarbeit im U.S. Kongress hat Präsident Barack Obama es doch geschafft. Der Senat hat ein Gesetz bewilligt, das dem Präsidenten eine Verhandlungsvollmacht – die so genannte “Trade Promotion Authority” (TPA) – für internationale Handelsabkommen erteilt. Continue reading

Der 114. US-Kongress: Keystone und Kuba, Kompromiss und Konfrontation

USA_PostAnfang Januar kam der im November 2014 neu gewählte Kongress erstmalig zusammen. Ein Drittel der Sitze des Senats und alle 435 Sitze im Repräsentantenhaus hatten bei den „Midterm Elections“ zur Wahl gestanden. Die Demokraten erlitten dabei eine schwere Niederlage.

Keystone Pipeline, Einwanderung, Gesundheitsreform, TTIP und Kuba sind nur einige der Themen, die die aktuelle U.S.-amerikanische Politik beschäftigen. Iris Froeba, Programmreferentin in Washington, D.C., über mögliche Konflikte und Kompromisse im neuen Kongress.Iris

Hintergrund: Der 114. US-Kongress – Themen und Köpfe, die 2015 interessant werden

Upcoming Event: “Navigating troubled Waters – the current state of the transatlantic relationship”

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 12.00 – 14.00Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

“It’s better to talk with each other than about each other” has been a longstanding motto of the work of the Transatlantic Dialogue Program of the FNF. The last twelve months in particular have shown how vital open communication channels are: the NSA’s widespread espionage was met with outrage by the European public and even threatens to bring the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to a halt. The failure of the US Congress to pass legislation appropriating funds for the following fiscal year which resulted in the 17-day government shut down as well as the domestic discussions surrounding the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – mockingly referred to as “Obama Care” – in Europe was met with incomprehension. Considering the issues that currently strain the transatlantic relationship – can we still speak of common values and priorities?

Four insiders of the US political scene will discuss and explain factors underlying current domestic US politics and how these issues will influence the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Please register by 3 December.

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Obama’s second 100 days in office: Standing still or moving forward?

Now that the pressure of reelection has been taken off of Obama’s shoulders, the whole nation and the world try to identify if US domestic and foreign policies are changing. Have the first 100 days of the second term inaugurated a set of new priorities and trends? Can the aspired energy independence of the US be achieved and how will this affect the President’s foreign policy? What are Obama’s next steps in immigration reform? And will Obama be remembered as the President under whom the EU-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented and the transatlantic relationship strengthened?

IMG_5930To answer these questions, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Brussels office, in collaboration with the Transatlantic Institute, gathered experts on domestic, foreign and trade policy on 23 of April. Continue reading

Upcoming event: “Obama’s second 100 days in office: Standing still or moving forward?”

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Lincoln Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Lincoln Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
12-14.00h

The whole nation watches the first 100 days of a president as the newly inaugurated POTUS establishes himself in the Oval Office and sets priorities and trends for his presidency.

During his first 100 days in office, President Obama hit the ground running with symbolic gestures (i.e. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, economic stimulus plan, closure of Guantanamo Bay). For his second 100 days in office he will be scrutinized on how he is performing on his campaign promises this time. What direction and priorities has Obama set for foreign policy? Can the aspired energy independence of the US be achieved and how will this affect the President’s foreign policy? What are Obama’s next steps in immigration reform? And will Obama be remembered as the President under whom the EU-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented and the transatlantic relationship strengthened?

Join the discussion with Richard T. Foltin, Director National and Legislative Affairs, AJC,  Daniel Mitov, Resident Representative, National Democratic Institute Brussels and  Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

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El-Amine “In the US, volunteers show their support with their hands and feet!”

Sara El-AminGrassroots drumbeats won Obama’s reelection in November 2012, Sara El-Amine, National Director of Training of the Obama Campaign 2012 proclaimed: “Efforts of thousands of volunteers, making millions of calls, sending emails, knocking on doors and sharing their enthusiasm for the democratic candidate with their neighbors and personal networks, had much more impact than the media narrative.” Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon “The U.S. Presidential Campaign 2012: How Obama mobilized the grass-roots”

SaraThursday, 31 January 2013
12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

The Obama Campaign 2012 was the largest grass-roots effort in the history of campaign management, according to Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina. It was also the most technology-heavy campaign. The strategy, which achieved Obama’s re-election, mobilized record numbers of volunteers and used new innovate technologies. As the youngest female national director on the Obama campaign in 2012, Sara el-Amin oversaw training and campaign curriculum development for staff, volunteer leaders, volunteers, and the fellow/intern training programs in all 50 states. For the last three months of the race, she successfully ran Virginia’s “Get Out The Vote” operation. What were the most significant elements of the new campaign strategy? What distinguishes it from past election campaigns? Is Europe ready for US-style elections?

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