Upcoming event: U.S. Elections 2016 – The Morning After

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A joint event series of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The world has witnessed an unprecedented presidential election campaign over the past two years. The two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could not be wider apart when it comes to their policies and public appearance. However they do have one thing in common:  both are perceived highly unfavorably by a deeply divided U.S. public. Election Day on November 8th promises to be exciting until the last polling stations close.

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Upcoming event: Latest News from the U.S. Elections – an event with YPFP

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The extraordinary U.S. presidential campaign is entering its final phases. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels are thrilled to give a first-hand analysis of the latest developments and implications for the U.S. and the world. Our U.S. political expert with a 30 year track-record as the Head of the FNF office in Washington D.C., Claus Gramckow, will be joining us. Mr Gramckow is a seasoned analyst of U.S. politics and has excellent ties to both parties.

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Upcoming event: U.S. Elections 2016: Twelve days to go – an Outlook 

 

 

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The U.S. presidential race heads into its final stage. Never before has a campaign been as emotional and contested. While the two main-party candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are worlds apart in style and in most policy areas, they do have one thing in common: Both have historically low favorability ratings following costly primary campaigns. As the country seems deeply divided, the stakes couldn’t be higher, not least for Europe: The challenges range from confronting international terrorism, dealing with the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, forging trade agreements as well as expanding transatlantic cooperation. What can be expected during these last days of the race for the U.S. presidency?

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USA 2016: Hillary Clinton gegen The Donald

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Das Weiße Haus, Washington DC.

 

Während der republikanische Präsidentschaftsanwärter Donald Trump für tiefe Spaltung und Entrüstung sorgt, insbesondere innerhalb seiner eigenen Partei, zeigen sich die Demokraten unter Hillary Clinton geeint. Doch auch wenn die beiden nicht unterschiedlicher hätten sein können, in einem Punkt sind sie sich ähnlich: Noch nie wurden Kandidaten beider Parteien so deutlich abgelehnt.

Hans H. Stein berichtet über einen Präsidentschaftswahlkampf der besonderen Art. Mehr dazu hier.

Wer wählt eigentlich Donald Trump?

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Donald Trump überrascht sowohl seine Kritiker als auch seine Unterstützer. Als er im Sommer 2015 seine Kandidatur bekannt gab, rechnete wohl niemand damit, dass er zehn Monate später das Feld der republikanischen Präsidentschaftsbewerber anführen würde.

Er ist bekannt für seine kuriosen Auftritte und seine xenophoben, sexistischen und politisch nicht korrekten Aussagen. In Deutschland stößt die Begeisterung für Trump weitgehend auf Unverständnis, doch auch in den USA hat der Immobilienmogul viele Kritiker. 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