How quickly the world turns, how quickly our priorities shift. A few weeks ago it seemed like the US-EU summit would be overshadowed by the dissonance the NSA affair has instilled in the transatlantic partnership. With the ghost of the Cold-War past materializing, clutching the Crimea in an icy grasp, chocking the aspirations for self-determination of many Ukrainians, the tone at the EU-US summit on 26 March was one of mutual reassurance. Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head of Strategic Analysis Capabilities, NATO; Peter Chase, Vice President Europe at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Thomas E. Reott, Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission followed the invitation of the FNF Europe and the AJC Transatlantic Institute to discuss the outcomes of the EU-US Summit: perspectives on how the transatlantic partners should react to the crisis in the Crimea and an outlook on the next step in the TTIP negotiations. Continue reading
In late March, the US President’s embarks on an official tour d’Europe for meetings with the European institutions and NATO. The EU-US summit hosted by Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, Presidents of the European Council and European Commission will be the first since 2011. Lately the transatlantic relationship has been disharmonious. In light of the recent developments in the Crimea, the renewed talks with Iran and ongoing the civil war in Syria, it is high time for the transatlantic partners to find common ground and develop a joint and coherent approach. Considering these foreign policy issues – will TTIP be pushed to the sidelines in the summit? Will Obama be able to assuage European concerns over the safety of their data? And what can be expected of Edward Snowden, whose visa will expire just months before the critical midterm elections?
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