One Year of President Trump – Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Affairs
Germany and the United States share an unbreakable bond of friendship. A year after the inauguration of Donald Trump, this post-war certainty is increasingly put to the test, as both the United States and Germany are facing a variety of domestic and foreign-policy challenges. It is for this reason that the Transatlantic Core Group, initiated by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, aims to revitalize the relationship with new actors and through innovative approaches.
In a Fishbowl Discussion with Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States, we would like to explore the role that civil society and citizen diplomats can play in bringing new stakeholders and voices into the conversation and in co-creating a new playbook for transatlantic engagement and cooperation.
Migration is one of the three main security concerns of European citizens, besides terrorism and extremism. Across Europe, populist politicians are polarizing societies and spreading fear among citizens. Tensions between the EU countries are rising.
At the European Table in Neuville-Bosc, we want to analyze how the EU can make its citizens feel more secure and what role national governments and civil societies can play in this process. Together with leaders from business, politics, and civil society, we will explore migration not as a security threat but as an opportunity for economic and cultural prosperity. Finally, we want to encourage participants to take concrete initiatives to support this process.
Cities and communities in the United States and Germany are confronted with similar challenges. They play a pivotal role when it comes to finding solutions to global problems, such as, for example, climate change, digitization or migration. Additionally, cities serve as laboratories for social innovation and testing new approaches.
This is why the Transatlantic Core Group has created a bilateral working group called “Connected Cities.” Leaders from both countries aim to establish a transatlantic dialogue and to foster an exchange of best practices and ideas. Taking the sister cities of Hamburg and Chicago as a starting point, the Connected Cities team concentrates on mapping civic engagement in both cities digitally and on establishing a tandem project in order to match persons with similar interests, professions, and backgrounds.