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
The issue over the massive collection of data of foreign nationals’ private phone conversation (German Chancellor prominently among them) was met with outrage across Europe – to the great surprise of many in the US, who, quite matter-of-factly, expect no less of a nation’s intelligence agencies: the surveillance of potential threats abroad. Continue reading
“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.
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